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Windows 8.1 64-bit taking up 60GB of space on my SSD! Why?

My 120GB SSD went from 25GB to 6GB free out of nowhere, which prompted me to get a program to see what was taking up the most space on my SSD. As shown in the chart below, Windows is taking up 60GB of space. Is this wrong? Is there any way to fix that? Thanks.

ALSO, when I go inside the C drive, highlight all the folders, right click, and hit properties, it shows the size on disk as 60GB. When I look at the properties for the Windows folder by right clicking on the folder it shows it as 27GB. Something is wrong here!

http://fud.community.services.support.microsoft.com/Fud/FileDownloadHandler.ashx?fid=417d53d7-d5fa-4047-9773-c45e82dc090e
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  1. I would expand that windows folder and give us another screen shot of whats inside of it. Try to find out where folder is hoggin git all.
  2. drtweak said:
    I would expand that windows folder and give us another screen shot of whats inside of it. Try to find out where folder is hoggin git all.


    Thanks for the response! Here's the folder opened. I also opened the "Temp" folder since that's got over 50% of what's in the Windows folder. Looking inside the temp folder, there's a TON of files that start with MSI. Is it safe to delete all this stuff?

    http://fud.community.services.support.microsoft.com/Fud/FileDownloadHandler.ashx?fid=8c69a934-a021-4676-a7fd-05509f625f08

    http://1drv.ms/1twtve8
  3. Best answer
    Usuallly it is okay to delete from there.

    What is the largest file inside the C:\windows\temp directory when you expand that directory itself? There are 32.8 gb of temp files and I'm guessing that it is probably only a few large files that are eating it all up.
  4. BTW, have you run Disk Cleanup in Windows?
  5. danny2000 said:
    Usuallly it is okay to delete from there.

    What is the largest file inside the C:\windows\temp directory when you expand that directory itself? There are 32.8 gb of temp files and I'm guessing that it is probably only a few large files that are eating it all up.


    Thanks! Yeah, I did end up deleting all the "MSI" files in there, and everything's working fine still, so that's just fantastic. It was just a whole ton of 2.5MB files, as shown in the second screenshot of my last post. And yes, I did run that, didn't help much though.
  6. Did you make a mistake and select a correct answer?
  7. danny2000 said:
    Did you make a mistake and select a correct answer?


    Nope, yours was right, I just deleted the ton of files in the temp folder, that was it. Thanks!
  8. so what size is the C:\windows\temp folder now?
  9. danny2000 said:
    so what size is the C:\windows\temp folder now?


    It's down to 12.8MB, but, I think the problem is still here. I just checked back right now, and a ton more of the MSI temp files were created. I deleted them all right away without thinking, but they look like this:

    http://1drv.ms/1twtve8
  10. These are all Windows Installer log files. Open one up and see if it gives any indication about what it's trying to install. It could be failing to install an update, so perhaps check Windows Update for problems with any of the patches.
  11. randomizer said:
    These are all Windows Installer log files. Open one up and see if it gives any indication about what it's trying to install. It could be failing to install an update, so perhaps check Windows Update for problems with any of the patches.


    Aaaaah, yup, at the bottom of one of the files it shows:

    MSI (s) (C4:9C) [04:27:20:601]: Windows Installer reconfigured the product. Product Name: Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2013. Product Version: 12.0.21005. Product Language: 1033. Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation. Reconfiguration success or error status: 1603.

    Any idea how I would go about fixing this? Maybe just reinstalling Visual Studio? I've already tried running it and checking Windows Update. Thanks!
  12. Try doing a repair of VS 2013. If that doesn't work, do a full uninstall and reinstall. The web installer for VS 2013 should include the latest service pack during the install so I'd probably use that if you have to go with the second option.
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