free up disk space




Introduction:

Windows XP when formatted or newly installed is only of about 3.5 GB (it is just an approximate value), but time to time, days after days, the used space of C: may increase gradually even if you do not install any software.

This is a vey serious problem that many windows Users face. They end up using expensive clean up tools and softwares. Here you can do the same job manually for free.

Consider that you are an heavy Internet user like me. You browse Internet, search for information, watch videos, play games, listen to music online, etc. you won't have an idea of how much disk space they (temporary internet files) are decreasing beneath your nose. Many people like me and you don't have an idea of how much disk space it is using, even if I did, I would have ignored it. But I must tell you, it's not a matter to ignore. That doesn't mean you should stop using the Internet though, or minimize your Internet usage! :-). No. not at all. I will teach you how to remove the temporary internet files, cookies, internet history, etc. I’ll get to the point a little later in this write-up.

It also happens, that you have some softwares installed on your computer that you do not need, or those which you really don't bother uninstalling. But chill! You are not on the wrong side. Many people have some or the other software that does no work but sits heavily on their computer occupying a huge amount of disk space. An exampe is windows messenger. Many people do not actually use it, but it is already installed on your computer. I recccomend you not to install any software from an unknown website, publiisher, or source. Do not install a software just because they are their.

Recycle bin also plays a major role in decreasing the disk space on your windows system. When you delete something that goes directly into the recycle bin, it actually occupies the same amount of disk space on your C: drive. For example, if you delete a 40 MB software from D: drive and It goes into the recycle bin, you will observe that you have lost 40 MB disk space from the the C: drive.

Prefetch files also play an important role when I am talking about disk space. Windows has many files in the prefetch folder which have no use. You can safely delete them all. deleting the prefetch files does not innvolve any risk, so you may delete all the files present in the prefetch folder safely.

Temporary files eat up a huge piece of pie from your computer's hard disk. They occupy a huge amount of disk space, and are unnecessary always (almost). Ok, let me make it a little clear. When you install any software or program, it extracts the required files to the temporary folder. It theen uses those extracted temporary files to complete the setup process. Once the setup finishes, the temporary files still remain in the temporary folder. Although, some programs themselves delete the temporary files used during installation, some others might not. So, it's your responsibility to delete those files and sweep out some disk space. Always remember never do this task while running any program or setup, installation, etc. close all open programs and then perform this task otherwise, you may create a havoc, instead of doing any good to the computer. Don't panic if things get messed up, what exactly am I here for? Never hesitate to contact me with your problem. Just let me know :-).


Uninstall windows messenger

Introduction:

Windows messenger, also called MSN messenger is a software just like rediffbol or Yahoo messenger. It involves to sign in using .NET Passport to see online contacts, have online conversations, and receive alerts.

How to do it:
  1. First you need to enable show hidden files and folders, so that you can locate the hidden folder & files.
  2. Now navigate to C:\Windows\inf\sysoc.inf (the folder inf located in windows folder is a hidden folder)
  3. Now remove the hidden & read only properties of the file by simply going to properties & un-checking the hidden & read only attributes of the file(skip this step if it is already unchecked).
  4. Now open sysoc.inf file in the notepad.
  5. Now locate the line ‘msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7’.
  6. Remove the word ‘hide’ from the line, save & close the file.
  7. Now go to control panel
  8. Click add/remove windows components.
  9. Now un-check all the listed installations except- Internet EXPlorer, Accessories & Utilities, Networking Services & Windows Media Player. Now click continue to perform the uninstall operation.
Results

Now you have successfully uninstalled windows components & your PC has made some free space.


Empty the Recycle Bin

Introduction:

The recycle bin stores all the deleted files from your computer. It can contain any type of file or folder that is deleted from your computer system. The use of recycle bin is that it can recover your temporarily deleted data. But recycle bin can also decrease the disk space of your C: drive. All the deleted data directly goes to the recycle bin which is located in C: drive & hence decreases the free disk space of C: drive.

How to do it:
  1. On your desktop, open the recycle bin to see it’s contents
  2. If you have any important data in the recycle bin, restore it & then delete the rest of unnecessary files & folders.
Alternate procedure:
  1. On your desktop, right click the recycle bin to see the menu.
  2. Now click empty recycle bin & then you are done with the operation in just 2 simple steps.
Results

Now you are done with the operation of emptying the recycle bin to free up disk space on C: drive.


Delete the prefetch files

Introduction:

Prefetch files are the files present at location- C:\Windows\Prefetch. These have many other disadvantages other than just occupying some disk space. Prefetch files also slow down the boot time of XP.

How to do it:
  1. Navigate to the folder C:\Windows\Prefetch
  2. Now delete all the files you see in this prefetch folder.
Results

Now you have successfully removed the prefetch files from your computer & you now have a little much free space than it was before.


Delete all the internet history

Introduction:

Internet history automatically keeps track of recently or previously opened internet websites, files, etc. This information is recorded as internet history files & is safely kept in a separate folder.

How to do it:
  1. In the first step you need to have ‘show hidden files and folders’ enabled so that you can access hidden files & folders.
  2. Now navigate to- C:\Documents and Settings\your-name\Local Settings\History
  3. Now delete all the sub folders (these sub folders are generally days of week i.e- Sunday, Monday, today etc.).
  4. Now your history folder should look something like this(because it is empty)

Delete temporary files

Introduction:

Temporary files are the files that are temporarily used by programs or temporarily extracted by a setup program. Let me make it a little clear- Consider the following example- When you are installing Nero, the setup extracts its important installation files and folders to the temporary folder (which is- C:\Documents and Settings\Ajay\Local Settings\Temp) for the installation. Now after the installation have been completed these files are not required as the installation is complete.

Now you may delete these temporary files whenever you want and save a huge amount of disk space!!!

How to do it:
  1. In the first step you need to have ‘show hidden files and folders’ enabled so that you can access hidden files & folders
  2. Now navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\your-name\Local Settings\Temp
  3. Now delete all the sub-files & sub-folders you see in this temp folder.
Results

Now you have deleted all the temporary local files on your computer. This operation can have a huge impact on the free space of your computer. Now check the available space on your C: drive. Is it more than it was before?


Delete temporary internet files

Introduction:

Temporary internet files also take up a large amount of disk space in XP. These are the files that are temporarily downloaded on the user’s computer when he/she is browsing the internet. For example- you open a site- enhance-XP.com, then to show the page, it needs to be downloaded first on user’s computer, Therefore, the browser downloads the site & its images to show the page on your computer.

The simple meaning is: - The web browser downloads the websites you open to display it on your computer.

How to do it:
  1. As I stated earlier, you need to enable show hidden files & folders for completing this operation.
  2. Now navigate to- C:\Documents and Settings\your-name\Local Settings\Temporary Internet files
  3. Delete all the files you see in this folder because these are all temporary internet files & eat up a huge disk space.
Results

Now you are all done!!!, you have deleted the temporary internet files which can free up a huge disk space of about 500 MB or even more!




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