window xp using all available disk space

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
July 11, 2010 at 08:58:05
Specs: Windows XP, 2GB
I have a fairly new problem.

Windows XP is on a 100GB drive, and it has
about 26GB free.

When I boot, the free space starts getting
consumed at about 1MB per second...and with
26GB, I run out of disc space about 7 hours or
so...strangely, if I keep xp running, at some
point I can delete additional files and this new
free disc space DOES NOT get consumed...

but it is highly irritating to be working and
having all free disc space eaten up by invisible

Anyone have any clues how this might be
happening, and how to get xp to running

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July 11, 2010 at 09:41:47
mmm... long shot... - do you have nasty lurking and thus creating problems?

Safe-mode; and disable system restore; then update your anti-virus util and run a full scan. Anything quarantined - delete; and then empty recycle-bin....

Then still in safe-mode etc... go on-line to; run their freebie Housecall utility. opt for a full scan. Once started... have a tea/coffee break...

Equally you can also boot with knoppix or ubuntu (linux variants on a cd/dvd) and go on-line that way. This may be a better path too - as the entire drive is passive to the OS and still scanned fully... and both have a free ISO which download; save to a hard-drive; burn to a dvd; boot with that dvd etc...

"Anything" Housecall quarantines locally - again delete etc.

Also have you checked to see what's running in "the background"? Run msconfig (Start\Run\msconfig) and see what's in there? Posssibly you have something going on there about which you know not?

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July 12, 2010 at 05:32:36
Well, sure appreciate your response...I went and booted into
safe mode, and updated and ran my AV program...and I don't
really run full scans these days, because it takes 2 days to
run, but I chose just the boot disk, and it found some infected
emails (I get a lot of spam, surprise surprise)...but I never
click or even open these spammy emails with
viruses/downloads/links etc...but it's good to clean it all up.
AV is still running, actually, but I enabled safe mode with
networking and can post my discovery here.

I managed to dump the entries of the c:\ drive using dir c:\ /-c
/n /s and then used a text editor to sort all the files with
today's date.


A file called trace.log in the
c:\windows\System32\LogFiles\WMI is sucking up all the

Now, I found this page to be rather handy...

but when I do the dcomcnfg step, all goes well until i click on
Computers in the Component Services, and the application

Tried it 3 times, and it keeps just vanishing soon as I click to
expand computers.

I'm now looking to see what trace.log is used for in WMI, and
see if it can be limited or changed to not steal the entire free
disk space.

Got any tips?

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July 12, 2010 at 05:38:07
and this bootvis tip
seems to be the answer, as I did run bootvis a few days ago...

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