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Reducing the size of the Windows Folder?

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#1 Unfortunato


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Posted 20 December 2010 - 11:31 AM

Hi all,

I'm just wondering if it's possible to reduce the size of the C:\Windows folder without any functionality problems? On the machine I'm currently running windows 7 on it's not a problem, as I've plenty of free space, and the Windows folder is less than 9Gb.

But just to see how 7 will run on an older machine as a little experiment, I guess I could do with more free space as the drive on the old machine is a mere 20Gb! Any ideas?

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 07:12 PM

It's a pipe dream.

Depending on exactly how old the hardware is, 7 might not even install (much less run correctly). Finding Win7 drivers for really old hardware is nigh impossible, as well.

If you just want to toy with it, you might want to pick a nice Linux distro to put on there (I like Linux Mint). :)

But no, making the Windows folder smaller is not going to happen.

You could always put a bigger hard drive in there, but the old hardware is likely not worth the investment.
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Posted 20 December 2010 - 10:01 PM

Hi keyboardNinja, thanks for replying. :thumbup2:

Yep, I see your point about drivers for Win7 - it's amazing how often though, that I've seen newer OS's install on pretty old machines - sometimes XP drivers, amazingly, have done the trick!

I might just have a little play around with Linux, I've yet to try that - thanks for the suggestion! :)

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