Disk Space Vanishes by Uninstalling files improperly

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  1.    10 Mar 2018 #21

    Great advice, TopGun! I'd forgotten about the "Run as administrator" trick with WinDirStat (even though that's how I run it routinely). I'm also wondering if the OP might not benefit from downloading and running the HomeDev PatchCleaner utility as well. On machines that haven't had a clean install in some time, and have been through multiple feature upgrades, this can recover multiple GBs of disk space if the orphaned items are deleted (not recommended) or moved to another drive (the developers' recommended action).
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  2.    10 Mar 2018 #22

    @EdTittel: The link you provided points to HP's support pages. Assuming this was unintentional :

    PatchCleaner can be downloaded using this hyperlink:


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  3.    10 Mar 2018 #23

    Oops, thanks Frank! It must've been a paste buffer hangover (that was the previous link I'd posted to the previous thread I answered). I need to start testing my hyperlinks to make sure I've got them right. Thanks for catching that. Much-appreciated!

    PS: Just fixed the original thread so it, too, points to the right place. Thanks again!
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  4.    10 Mar 2018 #24


    You're most welcome, Ed.Happens to the best of us.

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       10 Mar 2018 #25

    Here's a better example. Take a look at Program Files folder: On the LHS=1.6GB On the RHS = 3.3GB
    LHS==>WindowsApps= 0GB (inaccessible)
    RHS==> WindowsApps = 1.7GB

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  6.    10 Mar 2018 #26

    topgundcp said: View Post
    Here's a better example. Take a look at Program Files folder: On the LHS=1.6GB On the RHS = 3.3GB
    Out of interest if you press F6 on the Admin one to get free space as well does the total match your disk properties (like the first post) because mine doesn't.

    I don't think it should actually as they are comparing 2 different things. Disk properties says total usage is volume size less freespace while WinDirStat says volume size is sum of allocated space + freespace.
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