windows folder is oversized and the system barely function

March 14, 2016 at 13:20:10
Specs: Windows 7
my c drice is almost 75 GB(!!) and i used disk cleanup numerous times, tried the the "system files clean up" but it won't delete anything even after restart. uninstalled unnecessary softwares and specificly deleted multiple files, but nothing. c drive has no space and my pc's basic operations start to malfunction. help?

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#1
March 14, 2016 at 14:24:38
You should NOT delete duplicate files. The additional copies are in other locations for a reason so if you rip them out things will start to go wrong, which it seems they already have. Mostly they have little bearing on overall size anyhow and the risk is you could have to re-install Windows.

As regards the size then you need to go through the file system (with all hidden files showing) and work out where the largest files are (use sort by file size). There are probably free programs around that would help with this - search Google. Also this might help you:
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/conte...

Make sure it is not some huge installed program (see Control Panel > Programs and Features). Also see if your System Restore size is overkill.

Also run these three free programs in the order given to see if there is any obvious malware present (they often find what AV's miss):

AdwCleaner:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
(blue Download button near top - not anything else on the page).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Use the "Scan" button, followed by the "Cleaning" button.

Junkware Removal Tool (JRT)
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
(blue Download button near top - not anything else on the page).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run JRT. It might appear to have stopped at times or flash the screen but sit tight until it has finished.

MalwareBytes:
https://www.malwarebytes.org/
After you select "download", select "For Home" and then "Download Free version".
Install and Run the program but before running the Scan go to "Settings > Detection and Protection" and put a checkmark in "Scan for rootkits". Quarantine anything it finds.

Please copy/paste the logs on here so that we can see what is going on.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
March 14, 2016 at 18:33:15
Use CCleaner-Portable or CCleaner-Slim to take out the useless trash & make sure to empty the Recycle Bin.

https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/b...

Right click on Computer, click Properties, click System protection, then click the Configure button. How much disk space are you devoting to System Restore? Consider lowering it to just a few GB.


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#3
March 14, 2016 at 18:55:34
Just to add to riider's post, I have mine set on 1%.
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/5482...
If you have more than one drive or partition, make sure that System Restore is switched off on those none operating system area's.


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#4
March 14, 2016 at 20:08:38
In addition to all above, have you considered replacing hard drive/SSD drive with a larger one? Adding another drive (if desktop) for storage and repartitioning to enlarge C drive? Adding a 120GB to 240GB SSD drive for C drive and incorporating existing C drive with storage drive(s)? I generally recommend a minimum of a 100GB C drive for Windows and larger is even more comfortable and with the current price on hard drives and SSD's it is really not very difficult to do.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
March 15, 2016 at 06:25:38
As regards System Restore size, I think the percentage chosen should be what is necessary to achieve your desired number of restore points. Percentage in its own right is not a good guide because it relates to the total HD size which varies from computer to computer, rather than the system component (which is what matters). It doesn't take long to find a useful setting on any given computer.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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