Windows 10: Tweaking Windows 10

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  1. Bree's Avatar
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       14 Dec 2017 #11

    The safest way to clean up Windows is with Disk Clean up. For the deepest cleaning (even more than 'clean system files' can do) use the Extended Clean up, Option Two in this tutorial.

    Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10
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  2.    14 Dec 2017 #12

    There are some other cleanups or cleanup tools you might find helpful:
    1. The DriverStore Cleanup tool (aka RAPR.exe) will find and help you remove outdated drivers. On machines left alone for some time, this can add up to 2-3GB of disk savings.
    2. As an alternative to DISM cleanup, the HomeDev tool PatchCleaner does a pretty good job of identifying and allowing you to remove obsolete WinSxS packages.
    3. The Josh Cell Software package UnCleaner is the best around at cleaning up temporary and other transient Windows files (I provide the MajorGeeks link here, as I also do for WUMT, because the primary site is currently unavailable [Uncleaner] or hard to find [WUMT])
    4. And, of course, as others have already observed, there's always room to look at your disks using TreeSize or WinDirStat to see what else might need cleaning up. I regularly archive my Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos libraries to an external USB drive. Lots of detritus can build up over time and needs inspection and clean-up.

    If I think of other clean-up items so far unmentioned in this thread, I'll return to post them later.


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  3.    14 Dec 2017 #13

    Going against conventional wisdom... size does not really matter, as long as there's plenty of space available.

    The only question is... Leaving the folder sizes as they are, is there any measurable impact to the performance of the system?
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  4. Layback Bear's Avatar
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       14 Dec 2017 #14

    My thoughts.

    When using a tool built into Windows 10 is the safest way.
    Windows 10 tries to protect itself so it should not remove things that will hurt your system.

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  5.    14 Dec 2017 #15

    Cr00zng said: View Post
    Is there any safe way to reduce the size of the "Installer" folder?
    What have you got in it? Open it in TreeSize, drill down and have a look. The details may not be obvious but if you right click and look at properties you should find out where big things are from - either in the name or in details tab.

    Old (or multiple) copies of Office (especially Access whether you have it installed or not) add a huge amount to installer directory. Mine shrank to almost nothing going from Office 2010 to 2016. Actually it is now about 1GB of which half is from Macrium Reflect.

    You might find there is some old junk you can delete that an old uninstaller left hanging around.

    I'd not move stuff from installer for a program I was still using but most likely you could without too much trouble - you could always move it back or re-install the program concerned.

    Cr00zng said: View Post
    The only question is... Leaving the folder sizes as they are, is there any measurable impact to the performance of the system?
    As long as your disk has 10% or so free then no.

    In the olden days some people said putting frequently accessed files near the start of a HDD was faster (as the outside spins faster than the middle by about 10%). So some people would shift unused or rarely used files to separate slower partition towards the end of the same disk.

    With SSD this is irrelevant. If it ever made a noticeable difference I doubt.
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  6.    14 Dec 2017 #16

    Layback Bear said: View Post
    My thoughts.

    When using a tool built into Windows 10 is the safest way.
    Windows 10 tries to protect itself so it should not remove things that will hurt your system.


    I go along with that. Especially since the SSD partition still has about 40% or so available. Deal with it, if and when the available storage drops below 20%....
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  7.    14 Dec 2017 #17

    Hi for reduce size of system Windows i use this
    Dism++ | New Windows Utility (can be considered as a GUI frontend of DISM)
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  8.    15 Dec 2017 #18

    To solve storage problems I use these:
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    Rather than hunting for files to purge (and risking the consequences of an ill-informed decision), it's cheap and easy to just upgrade your storage.

    Terabytes are cheap these days. Very cheap.
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