Uninstall reduced hard disk capacity?

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I am the opposite of a computer expert and would be grateful for some advice.

I have used the disk cleanup uninstall function to remove two programs I
don't use in order to free up space to do other things. Both were around
80MB. I was expecting to free up about 160MB on my hard disk, but instead I
seem to have used about 80MB.

Can anyone suggest why this happened and what I should do to fix it?

I am using Windows XP Home Edition version 5.1.2600 on an approx 5 yr old
Sony laptop, which only has 5.58GB storage (no idea if any of this is
relevant).
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    Well, first things first: The Disk Cleanup Wizard doesn't have its own
    uninstaller. It simply presents Windows own Add or Remove Programs applet.

    Did you reboot your computer after uninstalling? There may be temporary
    files resulting from the uninstall that will be erased when you reboot.

    You didn't say what programs you uninstalled. Some programs leave a lot of
    files and folders behind.

    The size of your hard disk is not relevant to your particular question, but
    5.58GB is small for a computer running Windows XP. A new hard disk can be
    had for about $50 that will give you ten times the storage space and, after
    a little tweaking, your computer will run faster as well.

    --
    Ted Zieglar


    "Oz Anna" <Oz Anna@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:0510A498-16F0-4536-9D3D-1118352C192D@microsoft.com...
    > I am the opposite of a computer expert and would be grateful for some
    advice.
    >
    > I have used the disk cleanup uninstall function to remove two programs I
    > don't use in order to free up space to do other things. Both were around
    > 80MB. I was expecting to free up about 160MB on my hard disk, but instead
    I
    > seem to have used about 80MB.
    >
    > Can anyone suggest why this happened and what I should do to fix it?
    >
    > I am using Windows XP Home Edition version 5.1.2600 on an approx 5 yr old
    > Sony laptop, which only has 5.58GB storage (no idea if any of this is
    > relevant).
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    Thanks Ted

    I have rebooted the computer a number of times, to no avail.

    The programs were "Visio" and Microsoft Project - although don't quote me on
    that as I may have got the names slightly wrong, and now that they are gone I
    can't check them! Do you know anything about these programs that might have
    caused the problem?

    I am thinking about a new hard drive but haven't got that far yet ...

    Thanks again

    Anna

    "Ted Zieglar" wrote:

    > Well, first things first: The Disk Cleanup Wizard doesn't have its own
    > uninstaller. It simply presents Windows own Add or Remove Programs applet.
    >
    > Did you reboot your computer after uninstalling? There may be temporary
    > files resulting from the uninstall that will be erased when you reboot.
    >
    > You didn't say what programs you uninstalled. Some programs leave a lot of
    > files and folders behind.
    >
    > The size of your hard disk is not relevant to your particular question, but
    > 5.58GB is small for a computer running Windows XP. A new hard disk can be
    > had for about $50 that will give you ten times the storage space and, after
    > a little tweaking, your computer will run faster as well.
    >
    > --
    > Ted Zieglar
    >
    >
    > "Oz Anna" <Oz Anna@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:0510A498-16F0-4536-9D3D-1118352C192D@microsoft.com...
    > > I am the opposite of a computer expert and would be grateful for some
    > advice.
    > >
    > > I have used the disk cleanup uninstall function to remove two programs I
    > > don't use in order to free up space to do other things. Both were around
    > > 80MB. I was expecting to free up about 160MB on my hard disk, but instead
    > I
    > > seem to have used about 80MB.
    > >
    > > Can anyone suggest why this happened and what I should do to fix it?
    > >
    > > I am using Windows XP Home Edition version 5.1.2600 on an approx 5 yr old
    > > Sony laptop, which only has 5.58GB storage (no idea if any of this is
    > > relevant).
    >
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    Using Windows Explorer or Search you can determine which files and folders
    are taking up the most space. Folders with 80MB worth should be pretty
    obvious.

    Your situation may have nothing to do with the programs you uninstalled. For
    example, you may have adware or a virus.

    Why would you consider replacing a hardware part to solve a software
    problem?
    --
    Ted Zieglar

    "Oz Anna" <OzAnna@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:4151BB0D-4E05-4C4E-AE73-4D9C1B7E6F8C@microsoft.com...
    > Thanks Ted
    >
    > I have rebooted the computer a number of times, to no avail.
    >
    > The programs were "Visio" and Microsoft Project - although don't quote me
    on
    > that as I may have got the names slightly wrong, and now that they are
    gone I
    > can't check them! Do you know anything about these programs that might
    have
    > caused the problem?
    >
    > I am thinking about a new hard drive but haven't got that far yet ...
    >
    > Thanks again
    >
    > Anna
    >
    > "Ted Zieglar" wrote:
    >
    > > Well, first things first: The Disk Cleanup Wizard doesn't have its own
    > > uninstaller. It simply presents Windows own Add or Remove Programs
    applet.
    > >
    > > Did you reboot your computer after uninstalling? There may be temporary
    > > files resulting from the uninstall that will be erased when you reboot.
    > >
    > > You didn't say what programs you uninstalled. Some programs leave a lot
    of
    > > files and folders behind.
    > >
    > > The size of your hard disk is not relevant to your particular question,
    but
    > > 5.58GB is small for a computer running Windows XP. A new hard disk can
    be
    > > had for about $50 that will give you ten times the storage space and,
    after
    > > a little tweaking, your computer will run faster as well.
    > >
    > > --
    > > Ted Zieglar
    > >
    > >
    > > "Oz Anna" <Oz Anna@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > > news:0510A498-16F0-4536-9D3D-1118352C192D@microsoft.com...
    > > > I am the opposite of a computer expert and would be grateful for some
    > > advice.
    > > >
    > > > I have used the disk cleanup uninstall function to remove two programs
    I
    > > > don't use in order to free up space to do other things. Both were
    around
    > > > 80MB. I was expecting to free up about 160MB on my hard disk, but
    instead
    > > I
    > > > seem to have used about 80MB.
    > > >
    > > > Can anyone suggest why this happened and what I should do to fix it?
    > > >
    > > > I am using Windows XP Home Edition version 5.1.2600 on an approx 5 yr
    old
    > > > Sony laptop, which only has 5.58GB storage (no idea if any of this is
    > > > relevant).
    > >
    > >
    > >
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