Solved memory is full but there is no programs or files left to del

June 25, 2013 at 11:51:07
Specs: Windows Vista
lost my original copy of windows and over writ with two more copies and i am unable to delete over written copies

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June 27, 2013 at 14:00:35
As you've been told, memory & hard drive capacity are two completely different things. Your problem has absolutely nothing to do with memory.

"hi its a dell inspiron 1520"

OK, we now know you're asking about a laptop rather than a desktop. From what I can dig up, it probably has a 120GB HDD with at least 2 partitions, C: for Windows (approx 100GB) & D: for Recovery (approx 10GB).

You really mucked things up by installing Vista to the D-drive. I won't even ask why you did that. You have no choice but to install it again, this time to the C-drive. You will lose everything so hopefully you have backup copies of any important data.

Follow these instructions: http://vistahomebasic.windowsreinst...



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June 25, 2013 at 14:22:43
"memory is full"

You mean the hard drive storage space is full.
Memory is RAM which is a completely different component.

To delete old Windows installations you need to re-format their partitions, but be careful to format the correct partitions if they are all on the same physical drive!

You might be able to do it in Windows Disk Management, otherwise boot from a partition management CD such as MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD:
http://www.partitionwizard.com/part...


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#2
June 25, 2013 at 14:41:30
Be aware that format deletes everything including your personal stuff. You will probably need drivers too (chipset, video, sound or whatever).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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June 26, 2013 at 07:19:11
Hi derek.
thanks for your reply. basically i think i have messed up.original vista programe wiped off. i tried to reinstall. and did it twice. i would just like to know if i can get rid of both c
copies which wont work correcctly.nothing left to delete. i have very low space on (D:).
and if possible would like to uninstall both copies of vista and start from afresh.
any help in this matter would be very much appreciated.
many thanks chris.

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#4
June 26, 2013 at 07:35:13
Hi phill.
Thanks for your reply. Basically i have messed up. there is very low memory in (D:).
I lost my original vista programme after i tried to reinstall and inadvertantly did it twice and now have two copies of vista which wont work correctly. So is it
possible to uninstall both vista programes and start from scratch. also there are no more files or programes to delete, and have no restore points. Any help in resolving this matter would be much appreciated.
many thank chris.

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#5
June 26, 2013 at 09:29:11
"there is very low memory in (D:)" - it's got nothing to do with memory, you're running out of space on D. And why are you installing Windows to D: in the 1st place? Windows should be installed to C. All you had to to was repair the exisiting installation:

How to automatically repair Windows Vista using Startup Repair

"Basically i have messed up" - YUP!

Before we go any further, please tell us the make/model/model number of your computer & total hard drive capacity (250GB, 320GB, 500GB, etc). Also, how is it partitioned? Did you set it up with the C: & D: partitions or did the drive come preconfigured that way? Do you have a retail copy of Vista or a Recovery Disk?


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June 27, 2013 at 08:49:07
hi its a dell inspiron 1520 not sure how much gbs there is but the memory ram is 1014mb 32 bitoperating system yes there are copies in c windows default os and d windows current os. the discs i have came with my dell. they are as follows,
an application disc for reinstalling media direct, drivers and utilities, and operating system reinstallation, windows vista home basic. just for the record i am an average user (just a novice really).

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#7
June 27, 2013 at 14:00:35
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As you've been told, memory & hard drive capacity are two completely different things. Your problem has absolutely nothing to do with memory.

"hi its a dell inspiron 1520"

OK, we now know you're asking about a laptop rather than a desktop. From what I can dig up, it probably has a 120GB HDD with at least 2 partitions, C: for Windows (approx 100GB) & D: for Recovery (approx 10GB).

You really mucked things up by installing Vista to the D-drive. I won't even ask why you did that. You have no choice but to install it again, this time to the C-drive. You will lose everything so hopefully you have backup copies of any important data.

Follow these instructions: http://vistahomebasic.windowsreinst...


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#8
June 30, 2013 at 03:49:50
thanks for your help managed to sort things out, things almost back to normal, although having trouble installing windows service pack 1.am sure i will get the right solution on how to go about it on this site.
again thank you very much for your help.

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