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Windows Folder increases in size daily it shows 45 GB

February 11, 2012 at 13:12:34
Specs: Windows XP sp3, Intel Core Duo T2050
Windows Folder shows 45 Gb using properties. It increases by about 2 GB a week. Total hard drive is 80 GB (Basic reads 67.78 GB Recovery in partition reads 4.74 GB) and cleaning , defragging, removing most of programs has not helped. System Restore functions o.k Windows Updates have been playing up for over a year so was turned off. It kept repeating same six Updates daily and at turning off the system.

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February 11, 2012 at 13:38:22
Do you have any backup apps installed ? if yes then compare the files in the backup from today with files from 2 weeks back. Hopefully it should give an estimate.
Otheroption would be using a bulk folder size checker like "tree size" to see what is using most space.

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February 11, 2012 at 23:02:24
Most Virus and Spyware scans are likely to work better in Windows Safe-Mode.

Try this, that includes removing System Restore Restore Points
except the latest. If your computer is on all day every day, then S.R. will make a Restore Point every day.
Description of the Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows XP

Another thing I notice that is taking up space is
EVENT VIEWER logs. Go into Event Viewer then right click
each catagory (System, Security, and Application),
then click "Clear all events".
When Prompted to Save, do not save.
Also check all the files in
The Prefetch folder is quite large.
I have deleted all files there, even
Layout.ini, at times without problems.
It will rebuild itself over time.

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