Safe-to-delete files in C:\Windows

By URANium238
Apr 24, 2006
  1. Just wondering which folders are safe to delete, because I'm really running low on space on my c drive (only 8gb for system and some programs) and my Windows folder takes up like half of it. I know the NtUninst folders are update data (which can be used to uninstall them), but I don't I'll be uninstalling any of those. Is it vital to the system, or can I delete them without harm?
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Windows shouldn't really be 4GB.. Use a program called SequoiaView to see where exactly the disk space goes.

    You can delete the uninstall folders no problem. You can also clear the dllcache and the temp folder.
  3. URANium238

    URANium238 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

    Naming the ones I'm concerned about:

    \windows\$hfmig$\ -170 mb
    \windows\fonts\ -120 mb (double-u-tee-ef?)
    \windows\ime\ -90 mb
    \windows\installer\ -270 mb
    \windows\registeredpackages\ -80 mb
    \windows\softwaredistribution\ -820 mb !!! (what is it anyway?)

    oh, btw great program (sequoia)
  4. Fiziks

    Fiziks Banned Posts: 226

    just delete all the fonts you don't want in the ...\fonts folder, this should be perfectly safe, just make sure your current visual style and open programs aren't using any of the ones marked for deletion
  5. altheman

    altheman TS Rookie Posts: 425

  6. patrickc284

    patrickc284 TS Rookie Posts: 18

    CCleaner can be of great aid in opening up HD space - I used it right after I re-formatted my hard drive and installed my programs and it opened up gigs of space on my pc! Give that a shot if you like.

  7. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    hfmig - leftovers from SP install, delete
    fonts - pretty obvious.. double-check with some program other than Windows Explorer in case there's some malware hiding there.
    ime - input methods a la left-to-right, japanese, etc. uninstall these from control panel regional settings
    installer - installation files for installed programs. you wan tto keep these
    registered.. - i think you can remove these..
    softwaredistr.. - this is Windows Update, feel free to wipe it - everything will be restored next time you visit the webpage
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