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How to free up disk space on HP netbooks.

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Disclaimer

You are using this guide at your own risk. I don't take any responsibility for any problems.

 

Important information

 

  • Before you will do anything please create a set of recovery discs.

       Resources:

     Creating Recovery Discs or Saving a Recovery Image to a USB Flash Drive (Windows 7)

    Creating a Recovery Disk on a USB Flash Disk

 

  • Please backup your system.

       How to do backup? Check the topic created by CherylG in the below link:

       Custom 'Recovery' Options

       When anything will ever go wrong you will always have a possibility to restore system to the previous point.

 

 

Table of Contents:

 

 

A Free up disk space on the Windows 7 system

 

B Free up disk space on the Windows XP system

 

 

 

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Free up disk space on the Windows 7 system

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A Free up disk space on the Windows 7 system

 

 

01. Usually a fairly large portion of the disk capacity is reserved by the Windows System Protection service and restore

          points which were created by this service.

 

          How to deal with this problem?

 

          The easiest solution would be to stop the services responsible for the automatic creation of restore points:

          How to Turn System Protection On or Off in Windows 7

 

            Warning!

         Disabling this service will result in automatic deletion of all of your restore points.

            Peform this step only if you are sure that you will always remember about making regular backups on your own. 

            How to do backup? Check the topic created by CherylG in the below link:

            Custom 'Recovery' Options

       

         Are there any disadvantages of such a solution?

         Yes. At the time, when you get a serious problem with the system (example, after installing a software or driver)

         you will not be able to restore the system to the state before the problem occurred.

         For this reason, this solution is risky.

 

         Much safer solution is to set how much disk space will be used by the restore points:           

         How to Change the System Protection Disk Space Usage in Window 7

 

         You may also want to delete from time to time the old restore points:

         How to Delete System Protection Restore Points in Windows 7

 

02. Delete saved states from the Roxio BackOnTrack software (if it's pre-installed on your netbook).

          How you can do this? Check the point E of the below link:

          How to free up disk space which was taken by Roxio BackOnTrack

 

03. Clean your computer using CCleaner (free software).

          How to do it?

          Download, install and run the software. At the bottom-left side of the aplication click the ' Analyze ' button.

          When this process will end hit the ' Run cleaner ' button which is at the bottom-right side.

 

04. Remove unwanted programs.

 

          Resource:

          Uninstall or change a program in Windows 7

 

05. Remove unwanted Windows features.

 

          Resource:

          How to Turn Windows 7 Features On or Off

 

06. Disable Hibernation.

 

          Resource:

          How to Enable or Disable Hibernate in Windows 7

 

07. Disable Recycle Bin.

 

          On the desktop, right-click the Recycle Bin icon (check the picture below)

 

          Recycle Bin.png

 

          and select ' Properties '. For each partition that will be liested there select ' Do not move files to the Recycle

       Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted. '.

 

         Recycle Bin Properties_resize.png    

 

         Warning!

         After making these changes to the system trash, when you will delete a file then it will be erased permanently.

         Of course, before the system permanently delete any file you will be asked to confirm your decision.

 

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Free up disk space on the Windows XP system

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B Free up disk space on the Windows XP system

 

 

01. Usually a fairly large portion of the disk capacity is reserved by the Windows System Protection service and restore

          points which were created by this service.

 

          How to deal with this problem?

 

          The easiest solution would be to stop the services responsible for the automatic creation of restore points:

          Turn off or reduce system restore to save hard drive space in XP

          How to turn off and turn on System Restore in Windows XP

 

            Warning!

         Disabling this service will result in automatic deletion of all of your restore points.

            Peform this step only if you are sure that you will always remember about making regular backups on your own. 

            How to do backup? Check the topic created by CherylG in the below link:

            Custom 'Recovery' Options

       

         Are there any disadvantages of such a solution?

         Yes. At the time, when you get a serious problem with the system (example, after installing a software or driver)

         you will not be able to restore the system to the state before the problem occurred.

         For this reason, this solution is risky.

 

         Much safer solution is to set how much disk space will be used by the restore points:         

         Turn off or reduce system restore to save hard drive space in XP 

 

         You may also want to delete from time to time the old restore points.

         To do this you may use the Piriform CCleaner software. Check the below link to find out more about it:

          Removing System Restore points

 

02. Delete saved states from the Roxio BackOnTrack software (if it's pre-installed on your netbook).

          How you can do this? Check the point E of the below link:

          How to free up disk space which was taken by Roxio BackOnTrack

 

03. Disable Recycle Bin. 

 

         On the desktop, right-click the Recycle Bin icon (check the picture below)

 

          Recycle Bin.gif

 

         and select ' Properties '. In the ' Global ' tab select ' Use one setting for all drives: ' and check ' Do not

       move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted. '.

 

         Recycle Bin Properties.gif

 

         Warning!

         After making these changes to the system trash, when you will delete a file then it will be erased permanently.

         Of course, before the system permanently delete any file you will be asked to confirm your decision.

 

04. Clean your computer using CCleaner (free software).

          How to do it?

          Download, install and run the software. At the bottom-left side of the aplication click the ' Analyze ' button.

          When this process will end hit the ' Run cleaner ' button which is at the bottom-right side.

 

05. Remove Hotfix Backup files.

          Download and unpack XP Remove Hotfix Backup software using 7-zip.

          Run it. Select ' Remove Backup Files and Add/Remove entries. ' and click the ' Exit ' button.

 

          Warning!

          Always test for at least a week the updates which are installed by Windows Updates before delete any Hotfix

          Backup file.

 

06. Delete manually files which are in the below paths:

 

          C:\Documents and Settings\[Your User Name]\Local settings\Temporary Internet Files

 

          C:\Documents and Settings\[Your User Name]\Local settings\Temp

 

          C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Local Settings\Temp

 

          C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch

 

          C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

 

          C:\WINDOWS\Temp

 

 

           Important information

 

           First three paths are hidden.

           To unhide them open Control Panel and double-click ' Folder Options '.

 

           Folder Options 01.png

 

           Select the ' View ' tab, and click the radio button next to ' Show hidden files and folders '.

 

           Folder Options 02.png

 

 

           To reverse this change perform the same steps except for one thing. Choose ' Do not show hidden files

        and folders ' instead ' Show hidden files and folders '.

 

          Folder Options 03.png

 

07. If you've installed Service Pack on Windows XP and after using the system for some time you will be sure then it's

          runnning still stable and without any problem then you may delete the folder $NTServicePackUninstall from

          the below path:

 

          C:\Windows\$NTServicePackUninstall

 

          Once this is done, if you try to use the ‘ Remove ’ for Service Pack in ' Add/Remove Programs ', that will fail

          and will offer to delete the entry.

 

08. Remove unwanted programs.

 

          Resource:

      How to change or remove a program in Windows XP

 

09. Disable Hibernation.

 

          Resource:

          How to Disable hibernation in Windows XP

 

10. You may also disable the page file, but I do not recommend this step.

 

          Resource:

          Running XP with the pagefile disabled

 

          Important information

          If you will want to risk and disable the page file, then before you will do this please take a screenshot of your 

          current settings there. This way you will be able to reverse this change in case of any problems.

 

          Resource:

          How to take a screenshot.

 

          If you will ever see the low virtual memory alert then you will need to re-enable or increase the page file.

          I would suggest you to not disable the page file even if you have a lot of RAM. Some programs still require the page

          file to run properly. Do this only if you really need more free space on the disk.

          If you will disabled the page file and your system will became unstable or pefrormance will be slower then

          you should re-enable this option.

 

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