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Old 20th November 2008, 19:45   #16
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1 + 2+ 3 totals to about 12 GB, whereas if I right click and see the properties of C drive itself, it shows 16.5 GB as occupied.
Three things here:

1. Its normal for 12 GB files to take 13/14 GB disk space. 12 GB for actual file and rest of "Wasted" space due to fragmentation/book keeping.

2. Is pagefile on your boot drive, that might be taking up space. Set size of pagefile to zero (and bring it back to normal size later) You can verify that it is the file that is taking up space.

3. There are remote chances of corruption. Run a disk check.
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^^ Ok, that's fine. Any idea why the "view hidden files" keeps going back to "do not show hidden files and folders"?
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No idea, Maybe you need to hit "Apply to all folders" after selecting "Show hidden files"
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Nope, that doesnt work either. It just applies the currently selected view, not the hidden option.
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Okay, then try setting it directly in registry.

Go to the following registry key:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Exp lorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL

Delete the value CheckedValue. (Its type should be REG_SZ and data should be 2.)

Create a new DWORD value called CheckedValue (same as above, except that the type is REG_DWORD). Modify the value data to 1 (0x00000001).
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Old 20th November 2008, 20:51   #21
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I am assuming that I have to run "regedit", and then look for HKLM. I cant find any HKLM. Everything starts with HKEY. And the only HKEY that has software under it, doesn't go all the way to "Current Version>Explorer.." etc.
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^^ Ok, that's fine. Any idea why the "view hidden files" keeps going back to "do not show hidden files and folders"?
Navigate to the registry folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entversion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL

Click on the CheckedValue key and modify its value to 1

Hope this helps.

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Navigate to the registry folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entversion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL

Click on the CheckedValue key and modify its value to 1
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HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Exp lorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL

Delete the value CheckedValue. (Its type should be REG_SZ and data should be 2.)

Create a new DWORD value called CheckedValue (same as above, except that the type is REG_DWORD). Modify the value data to 1 (0x00000001).
Thanks, worked for me. I never needed to delete anything or create new REG_WORD. Just changing the value of hidden from 2 to 1 did this and no start up was required.
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Thanks for helping me out NFB and Aaggoswami. I was able to notice faster response times when shutting down, as well as when opening files. So, atleast some improvement.

P.S. : I didnt try all the tips provided on this thread. Tried some, and chose to ignore some others.

EDIT : Photoshop opens and also shuts down quite fast! Thanks Rehaan.

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I am trying to free up space on my boot drive of 30 GB.

When I open C:, I can see 3 folders.

1st is "Documents and Settings", which shows to be occupying 2.75 GB of hard disk space on doing right click > properties.
Seems you got lot of things stuffed in your desktop and My Documents.
Always better to keep your Windows drive relatively free. It helps in performance and also prevents loss of data in case you need to format your Windows drive.
Also you can clean up data from your User profile folders.
Go to Run command,type . (a simple dot) and press Enter. You shall go to your user profile path.
If you have "Show hidden folders and files" enabled you shall see directories like Local Settings and Application Data hogging up memory.You can delete some folders of the programs that you have uninstalled from your machine.
Also it helps to uninstall Google Desktop if you are facing a space crunch on your hard drive.

Here's one more tip.
1 . (One dot) takes you to C:\Documents and Settings\User Name.
2 .. (Two Dots) take you to C:\Documents and Settings.
3 ...(Three dots) take you to My Computer.
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Here's one more tip.
1 . (One dot) takes you to C:\Documents and Settings\User Name.
2 .. (Two Dots) take you to C:\Documents and Settings.
3 ...(Three dots) take you to My Computer.
Lovely! I love such keyboard shortcuts.
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...How do you clean-up the registry. Which tool do you use.
Use CCleaner to clean up all those unwanted files and also to remove obsolete registry entries.

Using it for a long time and never had an issue.
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