C:\Windows way too big..

I don't know if it's just me, but my C:\Windows folder seems to be.. well.. WAY too big...

I only tried vista a couple times, it sucked, terribly... So needless to say I never went to vista so I was used to XP till I got 7 about a year ago. Now, on XP my windows folder was always between 3-5 gigs.. On windows 7... it's freakin' 25+ gigs!?!?! I just don't think that's even remotely close to normal... So my questions is.

Is there any way to clean up your windows folder SAFELY?


Yeah Ok... Thought I would edit with a screen shot of the total damage...

Sorry but this just isn't right..

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  1. mines' 'only' 20Gb for win 7 64bit, and i've not done anything special with reagrds to installation or management of the machine. Have a look at it using windirstat it might show up some huge files? I'm seeing my biggest single file is a 435Mb memory dump, 6.7Gb winxs folder, 2.9Gb win32 folder a 2.7Gb installer folder and everythig else is less than 2Gb.
  2. Mine is around 20GB also. You can easily find the largest files and folders using the "WinDirStat" utility: http://windirstat.info/
  3. 4-yr old XP Windows folder contains 41k files, 4k folders, 12GB here; 6 month old Win7 alongside it has 68k files, 15k folders, 16GB.

    You show 455k files, 107k folders lol . . . temp files? old OS's backups?
  4. For what it is worth, my windows folder is 16gb, without any special pruning.

    Look for a folder called windows.old. If you upgraded, it contains files from a previous version, and may safely be deleted.

    You can also run disk cleanup which is in system tools.
  5. geofelt said:
    Look for a folder called windows.old. If you upgraded, it contains files from a previous version, and may safely be deleted.
    Excellent suggestion!
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