Recent Story Comments en Bloated Vista <p>I have just sent this complaint to a Windows Community site. At least it let's off some steam but I suppose I'll have to go for a re-install as Microsoft are criminally unhelpful.</p> <p>On my laptop I have Windows Vista that is hogging 22GB of my hard drive (110GB) and I am appalled to Microsoft's attitude to this problem. Advice to delete a few temp files, etc. Or, as an alternative, reinstall the software. They are totally ignoring their responsibility to their customers. Talk about take the money and run!<br /> Are there any plans to solve this problem? Perhaps it's an arm-twisting way of encouraging us to buy subsequent editions of operating software (It eventually gets so bad, and we get so fed up trying for a solution that we just give up and and go along with it)<br /> Some of the postings state that Windows 7 suffers from the same problem; if this is true the engineers designing this software are either idiots or crooks - take your pick.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 20:02:29 +0000 Mick Jugrim comment 3577 at vista disk full <p>I used the compcln.exe Gave me over a gigabyte. Not a lot but I was almost at the point that I'd have to buy a new computer or new HD, or a full reinstall or .... Thanks.</p> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 10:11:28 +0000 ross comment 1012 at How to know folder size <p>Hi! I posted a little trick to get size of directories or files:<br /> <a href="" title="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 23:09:40 +0000 Rony comment 855 at Feeling like a veteran <p>Thanks so much for all your helpful comments! I got alarmed today when I realized my 100gb drive now only had 25gb free. Found a folder size analyzer and discovered the winsxs cancer. &lt;- nice term, btw! running my sp3 cleaning tool freed up at least 4gb. I'll take it!<br /> reading other people's stories, the page seriously starts to sound like a windows coping community - shared misery, shared methods to help but mostly just coming together to recognize each other's pain.<br /> hope you are all having a great day! this too shall pass!</p> Thu, 24 May 2012 12:41:02 +0000 Stephen comment 719 at Derr. Yeah that would be great <p>Consider for a moment that other people may be operating under different constraints to you.</p> <p>Fixed available size, remote cloud hosting etc. </p> <p>Having to pay for HD space annually rather than just "Buying a bigger drive"</p> <p>This is possibly one of the stupidest and least helpful comments on the subject I have ever read.</p> <p>So incensed was I at the sheer blinkeredness of it that I fail I had to flame.</p> <p>So flame on you sir. This subject wont be going away and it doesnt look like its going to get better.</p> <p>the dir c:\windows\winsxs /s /ta &gt;file.txt idea had promise...<br /> a list of !!ESSENTIAL NOT TO REMOVE!! items from microsoft would go a long way to weeding out the possible prunings.</p> <p>I am stuck with 20 Gig and almost 19 Gig of it is now winsxs.</p> <p>Happy days, here's hoping I dont have to raze it to the ground.<br /> And as for "buy a bigger drive". That's sadly not an option with this package.<br /> Heh. Buy a bigger drive. Classic</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 11:40:45 +0000 Twobob comment 717 at Compcln.exe works perfectly <p>Thank you guys for this post. It helped me too much.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:28:56 +0000 Leonardo comment 675 at Snortin' Norton <p>Snortin' Norton is worse than many viruses!</p> <p>Have you ever had to uninstall this pathetic sumbitch? Its tentacles reach to the far corners of your registry, and are completely immune to its ordinary uninstall process. Of course, Symantec provides a special "Norton Removal Tool", and has for years. Unfortunately, it is buried deeply within their website, far from prying eyes.</p> <p>To be fair, many other major anti-virus applications are no better.</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 02:50:39 +0000 Anonymous comment 635 at My Winsxs is 60 GB. (HELP!!!) <p>I have a vista 32-bit. I have never got SP1 or SP2 from MS. In the past three years, my winsxs grows bigger and bigger. I started to delete more and more programs until only Office is left, and other basic drivers. My hard drive is 69GB. I could not believe my winsxs is 60GB now. I only have 100MB left on C drive. It is too late for me to get SP1 or SP2. If SP1 or SP2 can delete some old file, why can't Microsoft issues some tool for user to handle winsxs manually.<br /> My other option is to clone the C drive to a bigger hard drive. Anyone knows how to do that?<br /> Please help. How could Microsoft let winsxs grow like that? Itself is a cancer!!!</p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:52:14 +0000 Jay comment 634 at winsxs ghosts & gobblins <p>the majority of files found in winsxs are "hard" links to elsewhere &amp;<br /> the duplicates are needed for compatability but vista &amp; most programs<br /> read the "destination" files size AS the hard links file size </p> <p>please google compcln.exe, vsp1cln.exe, fsutil hardlink,<br /> &amp; DISM /online /Cleanup-Image /SpSuperseded</p> Sat, 25 Feb 2012 04:02:11 +0000 WAP-Tek comment 570 at norton vs virus <p>A virus could have done that for you too ;-)</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 08:50:56 +0000 Anonymous comment 567 at thank you!!! <p>thank you so much! i was close to wiping my laptop and re-installing from scratch!! :)</p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 00:54:17 +0000 Anonymous comment 526 at I am now running the SP3 file <p>I am now running the SP3 file Compcln.exe. Thank you. I was shocked it was 22 GB and running it reduced it to 18 GB. That is still a massive amount of goo in the system<a href="" title="application integration services" rel="nofollow">.</a> Ouch!</p> Sat, 12 Nov 2011 19:55:36 +0000 Anonymous comment 499 at Well then that's another <p>Well then that's another couple of bugs, they should use symlinks or soft links instead of hard links as linux does for library versioning, and make Explorer only count the file in it's real location in system32 so you can tell how much space it's actually using.</p> <p>Also it is only some of the files in winsxs that are links to the real version (probably only the latest), there obviously has to be multiple versions of the same file and they can't be in the same directory as they would have the same name.</p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 11:32:16 +0000 Anonymous comment 496 at clean windows is an oxymoron <p>18GB is obscene for an OS that doesn't really do much. Winsxs is a stupid solution to a stupid problem.. MS libraries are full of bugs and badly documented. I have seen several outright lies in MSDN which caused hours of wasted development time. No wonder that expensive proprietary software is then full of bugs and nasty badly behaved code which relies on bugs and bad behaviour in the system libraries, which change as soon as a new version is released, leading to wails of 'this update broke my app'.</p> <p>IF MS could just document their code and make it work like they say it does then applications could just use the latest version of the library and MS wouldn't have to include 20 previous versions just in case someone installs an app which needs the old, broken, functionality.</p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 11:16:54 +0000 Anonymous comment 495 at Much obliged for this <p>Much obliged for this information</p> Fri, 04 Nov 2011 02:56:46 +0000 Anonymous comment 492 at