Decreasing Free space on accessing folders

December 29, 2009 at 05:23:39
Specs: Windows XP professional v2002 SP2, AMD Athlon 64 Pror 3000+,1.80GHz,448MB RAM
On accessing folders my C:/ free space getting reduced.I'v turned off the restore point and cache Thumbs.By opening the folders (not for every folders) i can see the Free space was by few KBs.My problem is the free space which is 7.2GB is reduced to 6.4Gb by the next day itself.I have checked with my friend system the rate of loss is very minimal compare to my system.After formatting and reinstalling the OS the system is working fast but after few minutes the system takes long time to open a file, then onwards it takes comparitively much time to open any application.I'v checked my system with ESET and A-squared antimalware.The scan result shows every thing is fine.On every boot I got two Notepad
named Desktop.ini and content are"[.ShellClassInfo]
LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21787".I'v found Desktop.ini in All programs ,Accessories.My StandBy Mode option was disabled.I have found the opening notepads and disabled standby option only after installing 7-Zip.So i deleted that software but the above said memory problems get persist.Kindly Help me...

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December 29, 2009 at 05:55:21
Prevent Desktop.ini starting with Windows:

Also run CCleaner:
And TFC by Old Timer:

Also I tend to prefer Startup Control Panel over MSconfig:

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December 30, 2009 at 18:53:55
Thank you very much for your reply,
By using old timer and cccleaner i have gained 121mb .
My free space memory goes from 17.2 to 16.3Gb.Around 900 mb have gone of which 121 MB have gained. i dont know where will be the remaining...
Once again thank you for ur suggestion...

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December 30, 2009 at 22:33:33
Hey you should try the Windows installer cleanup
Not many know of this one, as it does come with warnings
ie If you are using Symantec Antivirus you may not be able to uninstall it again

The worst case scenario is Windows corruption, as the files used in the (large) Windows installer folder are maintained to keep the normal operation of Windows and uninstalling applications


Anyway, I've warned you, but then again I've used it multiple times and all is well (ie never an issue)

* Download and install the Windows installer cleanup utility, from here:

* Once installed, and using an Administrator privileged user account, click on Start > Run > "C:\Program Files\Windows Installer Clean Up\msizap.exe" G!
And then press enter

* If you checked how much free space you had before doing this, and now after, you should see a big difference


You can then download a free defrag program like: SmartDefrag:
And do a "Deep Optimize"
By the way, I'd uninstall SmartDefrag after use, and also check "Scheduled Tasks" in control panel and remove everything in there (Basically I don't like things starting by themselves :D )

Anyway let me know :) It will be either real happy result or some bad profanity coming my way. I expect the first one though :)

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