Need to shrink Windows space usage without Clean Install


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I'm running Windows 11 on an NVMe SSD. Problem is that the original 30GB install has grown to over 50GB -- on the 64GB partition. I have tried all my usual stuff to shrink this: Wise Care 365 Pro, Settings Temporary files, DISM ResetBase command -- with little change.

I'm running the 22621.1 build on an Insider SSD and despite much the same apps and settings, it is only using about 30GB of space.

Yes, I know I can "fix" this with a Clean Install -- but I really don't want to use the 22621.1 ISO on my production drive until MS releases it and such an install will take hours of prep to do the backups and a day or two of reinstalls and reconfigurations -- all of which I am trying to avoid.

So, if there is anything else I can try, then please let me know.
 
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I would first install Treesize or Wiztree or a similar app, run with admin elevation and see if you can locate the space users on your partition, then decide if you need them or not and prune appropriately.
Have you tried deleting all restore points then re creating just one.
Are you using hibernation? Can you reduce page file without causing issues?
You could try making an image of the partition then restoring it, most imaging apps will exclude certain folders/ files from the image thereby 'compacting' the result, when you restore the image it could well be noticeably smaller, but you would need to do the process to be sure.
Of course you could make an image anyway so that if you try any other methods and things go awry at least you have a way to go back.
 

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22621 build won't have had any cumulative updates yet so that's likely why it's smaller, Windows does grow over time. I doubt an in-place upgrade will work with only 14GB of free space, this will be a problem anyway when 22621 is officially released. Are your personal files/folders on a different drive/partition?
 

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Have you tried Disk Cleanup? Right-click on the drive, select "Properties", then "Disk Clean-up". Be sure to click "Clean-up system files". Major updates create a backup copy of Windows and the Windows Update files can be quite large too, Disk Clean-up on system files will remove them, if you check the boxes in the list of files to delete.
Have you compressed the drive? Right-click on the drive, select "Properties", click the checkbox "Compress the drive to save disk space".
 

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I'm running Windows 11 on an NVMe SSD. Problem is that the original 30GB install has grown to over 50GB -- on the 64GB partition. I have tried all my usual stuff to shrink this: Wise Care 365 Pro, Settings Temporary files, DISM ResetBase command -- with little change.
How much of that is your Windows system files? My 22000.708 install is as tidy as I can get it and weighs in at just 13.5GB.

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There are rare reports though of DISM (and Disk Clean up) failing to clean up windows updates even though it appears to go through all the motions. Here's one....


See my post #7 in that thread for how to check if that's the case for you. It also has a link to a Windows 10 thread with the same issue, and a report than an in-place repair upgrade was the fix.

Also see my post #11 where I reported having this fault on another of my machines, and fixed it by restoring an earlier system image.
 

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I would first install Treesize or Wiztree or a similar app, run with admin elevation and see if you can locate the space users on your partition, then decide if you need them or not and prune appropriately.
Have you tried deleting all restore points then re creating just one.
Are you using hibernation? Can you reduce page file without causing issues?
You could try making an image of the partition then restoring it, most imaging apps will exclude certain folders/ files from the image thereby 'compacting' the result, when you restore the image it could well be noticeably smaller, but you would need to do the process to be sure.
Of course you could make an image anyway so that if you try any other methods and things go awry at least you have a way to go back.
OK, these are things I can try -- thanks
 

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22621 build won't have had any cumulative updates yet so that's likely why it's smaller, Windows does grow over time. I doubt an in-place upgrade will work with only 14GB of free space, this will be a problem anyway when 22621 is officially released. Are your personal files/folders on a different drive/partition?
I have backups that are on a different drive, but the personal stuff is in the default folders.
 

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Have you tried Disk Cleanup? Right-click on the drive, select "Properties", then "Disk Clean-up". Be sure to click "Clean-up system files". Major updates create a backup copy of Windows and the Windows Update files can be quite large too, Disk Clean-up on system files will remove them, if you check the boxes in the list of files to delete.
Have you compressed the drive? Right-click on the drive, select "Properties", click the checkbox "Compress the drive to save disk space".
I use DISM instead of Disk Cleanup -- as it does more.
I'm not going to compress the drive as I have read that causes problems.
 

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How much of that is your Windows system files? My 22000.708 install is as tidy as I can get it and weighs in at just 13.5GB.

View attachment 30516

There are rare reports though of DISM (and Disk Clean up) failing to clean up windows updates even though it appears to go through all the motions. Here's one....


See my post #7 in that thread for how to check if that's the case for you. It also has a link to a Windows 10 thread with the same issue, and a report than an in-place repair upgrade was the fix.

Also see my post #11 where I reported having this fault on another of my machines, and fixed it by restoring an earlier system image.
Mine lists System files as 18.3 GB, Reserved storage as 6.56GB, and System restore as 1.56GB

So, if I turn off System Restore (which I don't need since I use Macrium Reflect), I'm guessing I can recover that space.

In terms of Reserved storage, I went into Apps --> Optional features and all of the Installed features take less than 300MB -- so I don't see there any way to reduce this Reserve.

And yes, I can certainly consider an in-place Repair Install since I do have a build 708 ISO -- but I will have to resize the Windows partition, first, to get more free space.
 
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Mine lists System files as 18.3 GB, Reserved storage as 6.56GB, and System restore as 1.56GB
That is not unreasonable, my other system lists 17.7GB of system files. Yes, turning off system restore will delete that 1.56GB.
And yes, I can certainly consider an in-place Repair Install....
Only consider it if, after running DISM to clean up the component store, its /AnalyzeComponentStore option still reports that there are reclaimable packages. Only if it fails to clean up would you need the in-place repair.
 

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In terms of Reserved storage ... I don't see there any way to reduce this Reserve.

The word 'reserved' is a bit misleading, it's not space that's set aside and never used. Windows is actively using this space, but its reserved only for purposes that can easily be dumped if space is needed to allow an update to complete.

 

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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
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    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

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One more point, are you running DISM through an elevated prompt? I always do and it has never failed to clean up cumulative update packages from LCU or to empty WinSXS 'hold on to it for now' folders.
 

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That is not unreasonable, my other system lists 17.7GB of system files. Yes, turning off system restore will delete that 1.56GB.

Only consider it if, after running DISM to clean up the component store, its /AnalyzeComponentStore option still reports that there are reclaimable packages. Only if it fails to clean up would you need the in-place repair.
Unfortunately, DISM did fail to recover any space -- so I did a Repair-Install
 

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One more point, are you running DISM through an elevated prompt? I always do and it has never failed to clean up cumulative update packages from LCU or to empty WinSXS 'hold on to it for now' folders.
Yes, I am running it elevated -- as I have a Batch file that does that for me.
 

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Update to all -- first off, thanks to everyone for their suggestions.

Second, the Repair-Install, and clean-ups afterward, did the trick. I have gone from 50GB of used space to 33GB of used space.
 

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are you running DISM through an elevated prompt? I always do and it has never failed to clean up cumulative update packages from LCU or to empty WinSXS 'hold on to it for now' folders.

The component store can get damaged, particularly after a crash, in such a way that DISM can no longer clean it. It has done so for me....

DISM reported three packages to clean up, but was unable to clean them (some 4GB).

...and here in Windows 10.

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us...eclaimed/98c97f90-5396-4a84-a857-1bb465560657

In cases such as these you would require an in-place repair upgrade to fix.
 

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    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
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    Radeon Graphics
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    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB HDD
    Browser
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    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

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How big is your NVMe drive? You mention a 64G partition. Do you have any other non Windows partition?
On "My Computer" it mention drives. Do you have more drives on your desktop?
I think it can be simple to add more storage space than free on a limit one.
Please post a Disk Manager image of your drives. Whole window please and expand the columns so we can read them.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 11 Pro - Lubuntu
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom build
    CPU
    i5 6600K - 800MHz to 4400MHz
    Motherboard
    GA-Z170-HD3P
    Memory
    4+4G GSkill DDR4 3000
    Graphics Card(s)
    IG - Intel 530
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 226BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    (1) -1 SM951 – 128GB M.2 AHCI PCIe SSD drive for Windows 7 and Lubuntu
    (2) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for Data
    (3) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for backup
    (4) -1 BX500 SSD - 128G for Win 10
    PSU
    Thermaltake 450W TR2 gold
    Keyboard
    Old and good Chicony mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech mX performance - 9 buttons (had to disable some)
    Internet Speed
    350 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Q550LF
    CPU
    i7-4500U 800- 3000MHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Q550LF
    Memory
    (4+4)G DDR3 1600
    Graphics card(s)
    IG intel 4400 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Display LP156WF4-SPH1
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    BX500 120G SSD for Windows and programs
    & 1T HDD for data
    Internet Speed
    350 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64

idgat

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Windows 11
WiseDiskCleaner - freeware version, default settings.

Can't do any harm to try, but if - as you say - it'll take hours/days to re-install everything (after 30 mins Windows clean install and update), then I suspect what's on there taking up +50GB , is normal/natural.

Is it a brand named computer, and if so. have you cleaned out all the proprietary bloatware. Branded devices come with s-o-o-o-o much totally unnecessary proprietary disk/system checking/monitoring cr4pware that is either meaningless or useless, or simply duplicates functions provided by Windows. And then there's all the freeware/demoware software ....

Mind you, a clean install from latest Windows version from the Microsoft website - using the MS Media Creation Tool to create a boot USB - will solve that, anyway.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel i5-9400
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT730
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 32"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2 x 1TB SSDs
    Internet Speed
    Classic Australian w.a.p.
    Antivirus
    KIS

Itchypiles

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Win 11 pro
You may have already tried, but is worth a whirl prior to going with a clean install.
Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop

BrianInEngland

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I have backups that are on a different drive, but the personal stuff is in the default folders.
Can you move your Documents/Pics folders to another drive? it'll free up space and be safer when you re-install Windows
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 22H2 (RP channel)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Gigabyte
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5900X 12-core
    Motherboard
    X570 Aorus Xtreme
    Memory
    32GB Corsair Platinum RGB 3600MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI Suprim X 3080 Ti
    Sound Card
    Soundblaster AE-5 Plus
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS TUF Gaming VG289
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 Pro 2TB
    Samsung 970 Pro Plus 1TB
    Samsung 970 Pro 1TB
    Samsung T7 Touch 1TB
    PSU
    Asus ROG Strix 1000W
    Case
    Corsair D750 Airflow
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15S
    Keyboard
    Logitech G810
    Mouse
    Logitech G903 with PowerPlay charger
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