Windows 10 User folder taking up 100GB+


  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #1

    Windows 10 User folder taking up 100GB+


    So I was looking at the drive I use to store windows on, in my case I have it stored on a 500GB Samsung SSD, and I was trying to clear out space for potentially installing my main games on it. I then located the user's folder which to my surprise I found that after clicking on properties of the main user account that I'm on, it was taking up 130 GB worth of space; at first, I thought "Oh maybe I just have a game that I accidentally installed on here", but after going into the folder and highlighting everything in it, I found that once clicking on properties all the files inside the folder only added up to 23 GB. I'm not sure if it's just a case where all the files that are shown once clicking into the users folders aren't all the files that are actually stored in there or what, but from what I hear, even 40gb User pages is apparently a lot.

    Edit: I've also looked in my Appdata folder, but even then only 60 GB, + the 20 GB would only mean 80GB, so I'm not sure where the rest is from.
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  2. Posts : 17,622
    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1706 (x64) [21H2]
       #2

    Hello @Randomaccount , welcome to Ten Forums.

    Granted I only have one user account on my computer, but the entire size of my User folder is 2.04GB.
    And the 5 folders IN my User folder add up to 2.93GB.


    Windows 10 User folder taking up 100GB+-image1.png
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  3. Posts : 5,816
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2
       #3

    The size of a user profile depends on what apps, software, and amount of files installed, as well as user configuration and thus can vary greatly. Mine is 75gig...

    Windows 10 User folder taking up 100GB+-user-folder-size.jpg

    A hibernation file can file can take up a lot of space, your System Protection (Restore Point) settings can increase or decrease storage usage. Windows updates can increase storage usage. You just need to look at these things.

    One way to get rid of unneeded files is through Disk Cleanup. Open, chose the drive and click "Clean up system files". This will also remove the windows.old file which does eat a lot of space if there. The windows.old file is created whenever an new OS upgrade is performed... i.e. upgrading from 1903 to 2004. Again, lots of way a user file can grow, and also storage get eaten as well.

    You might also see this tutorial - Enable or Disable Storage Sense in Windows 10
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    Windows 10 Pro, Version 20H2
       #4

    sygnus21 said:
    A hibernation file can file can take up a lot of space, your System Protection (Restore Point) settings can increase or decrease storage usage. Windows updates can increase storage usage. You just need to look at these things.

    One way to get rid of unneeded files is through Disk Cleanup. Open, chose the drive and click "Clean up system files". This will also remove the windows.old file which does eat a lot of space if there. The windows.old file is created whenever an new OS upgrade is performed... i.e. upgrading from 1903 to 2004. Again, lots of way a user file can grow, and also storage get eaten as well.
    None of those four things are in the Users folder, are they?
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  5. Posts : 3,959
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #5

    The user temp folder can be huge if you don't clean it regularly.
    You also have the browser temp files and cache.

    Use built in Disk cleanup (%windir%\system32\cleanmgr.exe) or CCleaner portable
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #6

    On my Z170 my User folder is 5.92 GB
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  7. Posts : 920
    Windows 10 Pro
       #7

    I would suggest using an app like Treesize Free or WinDirStat and run as admin, sort by size, to get a view of where the space is being used (including normally hidden files). You can then decide if you need to uninstall apps/ games and/ or clean up old driver packages, Windows updates, crash dumps etc.
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  8. Posts : 11,352
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
       #8

    Randomaccount said:
    ... I'm not sure where the rest is from.
    Pejole2165 said:
    I would suggest using an app like Treesize Free ...
    Randomaccount,

    Yes, do what Pejole suggests. Treesize (free) is a reliable way of finding out where, within your user folders, the space is being used.

    Best of luck,
    Denis



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