Vista Taking up almost 15GB? How to reduce?

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  1. TheNightPhoenix macrumors 6502

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    Hi all,

    I recently install Vista with the bootcamp drivers on my MacBook.
    It now shows up as using 14.5GB or 15GB!

    Surely this is incorrect for a standard install of Home Premium?
    I checked the windows folder under c: and it's 11GB!

    how do you guys think i can reduced the size?
     
  2. riscy macrumors 6502a

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    Delete Vista.

    [Not helpful I know, but I had to say it before someone else :) ]
     
  3. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Nope that sounds perfectly correct.

    Welcome to the land of Windows.
     
  4. TheNightPhoenix thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Holy F$ck?

    It's normal for Vista to take up 15GB?
    I'm sure before the installed the drivers and updates it was around 8GB and therefore I thought I could shrink it.
     
  5. riscy macrumors 6502a

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  6. Zer0 macrumors regular

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    Two things helped me free up a lot of space

    1) Delete system restore points. (It creates one every time you install s/w updates)
    2) Disable thumbnail cache

    Try running disk cleanup as well.
     
  7. TheNightPhoenix thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks Zer0, that off loaded a ton of space.

    It's nice when someone actually has something useful to say, unlike someone else in this thread.
     
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Deleting Vista is about the best thing that you can do to save space.

    The easiest way to get more? Get an NTFS write support program for OS X. Go into the Windows partition HDD from OS X. Go to your programs folder and delete everything that isn't a driver.

    Instead of magically reinstalling everything (which it would if you deleted the programs from within Windows), Windows operates as though they were never there.
     
  9. riscy macrumors 6502a

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    Glad to hear you got some help, shame you do not appreciate my wit.

     
  10. TheNightPhoenix thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sorry what wit? You said nothing witty, your just trolling.
     
  11. alphaod macrumors Core

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    OS X is just as big.

    Get Vista Home Basic, it's only like 8GB.
     
  12. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Try to perform lesser installations and uninstallations!
    If you dig in your Windows folder in C: you'll find a folder called 'Winsxs'
    This folder is responsible for Vistas so called backward compatibility and App fluidity! It maintains a copy of all the dll files ever installed on the system! So once you install something heavy.... you'll notice that the folder has swollen but when you uninstall it.... the folder will NOT shrink to its original size as it'll keep a copy of some files which it reckons as important!
     

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