When applications are installed and updated on the Windows Operating System a hidden directory "c:\Windows\Installer" is used to store the installer (. Or similar even though no updates have been. Exe) and then only if you're.

Yes, I happened across it last month too, when I was considering doing a fresh install of Windows due to running a little low on free space on C. This program showed 20GB used in \windows\installer, 17GB of which was obsolete. Worked perfectly, and no clean install needed. BTW, one thing not mentioned: those using Adobe Reader should read the note about that on the site. You’ll probably want to uninstall it first, then reinstall it later, since its update mechanism can otherwise run into problems.

Interesting when the Windows/Installer folder is “fat”. Nevertheless with, as mentioned, the option to backup checked of course. Files backup scenario: I clean-up regularly my registry with tools I believe are trustful (when some may be dangerous), namely with CCleaner, Wise Registry Cleaner, Power Tools Lite and Glarysoft Registry Repair (I know the counter-arguments of cleaning up the Registry yet my experience has shown advantages as well). Anyway, what happens if cleaning up the Registry after having removed obsolete files in Windows/installer leads to problems should I copy back to the Windows/installer folder backuped files?

I could then encounter issues if the removed files had corresponding items in the cleaned-up registry. Hence, I believe more in the system/disk backup scheme, but then may be problematic should removed obsolete files lead to a problem far later on, i. I think I’ll think twice before using PatchCleaner, even with removed files’ and system backup.

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Because neither of those touch the Windows/Installer folder, the Windows installer does a god awful job of cleaning up orphaned install *. Msi files left over from programs that have be uninstalled. (step 1) Get full ownership rights for the C:\Windows\Installer folder. (step 2) Move the entire folder with all its contents to the D: drive, so now you have a D:\Installer folder. As a result, Windows will “think” that all the Installer content is still present on the C: system drive, while actually it’s been moved to the D: drive.

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Windows will still be able to access this moved Installer folder with no problems at all, and it will write any new installer files to that folder at its new location. For space-saving on the system drive, this solution is safer because you won’t need to actually delete any Installer files. Windows can still find and use them all, even though they are physically on a different drive now. May I ask you what becomes of future files?

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Will they be set in C:\Windows\Installer” (in which case the folder would be remade) or in “D:\Installer”? As you see I’m not fluent with junctions. The folder already “exists” as a Junction, that means the junction will function as the folder, where the junction points to the new location. Etc folders to a different drive then C:\. So all user data is saved on another disk then windows. When Windows decides to bail out, all I have to do is re-install windows.

But I also build a script for myself to back up various other stuff from the C:\ drive so I won’t lose some important stuff (well, to me anyhow).

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You seem to be confusing the Windows\Installer folder with something else John, AFAIK on every version of Windows the Installer folder is a normal folder used to store *. Msp files that are used when the Windows installer attempts to repair or add&remove features from already installed software. I have a dedicated Data partition on my system disk and backup on an external drive, but the Junction process is interesting in case you cannot move a folder because i. The data it contains is called by an application which doesn’t allow to change that data’s path, for example I think Google’s Chrome browser, not to mention what we were referring to to start with, the Windows/Installer folder.

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Why would you move the paging file from your SSD? Moving a file that will be accessed all the time and you move it to a very very slow HDD? Also be aware, that you cannot symlink appdata\roaming, at least not under W7 as it will produce some subtle bugs. Constant reading and writing is deadly for SSDs. Unless one can afford a new one every couple of years or there’s enough RAM available to run Windows without a pagefile (also turn off search indexing and hibernate), I’d place it on a HDD as well.

You seem to not understand the difference between ssd an hdd. SSD’s are specifically built and meant for constant reading and writing. It is HDD’s in which constant reading and writing eventually wears them out. That obviates the need for using the command prompt to make links.

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It adds an extension to the explorer shell that shows a “Pick Link Source” option when you right click on a directory. You then go to wherever you want the link to be, right click in any white space and you see the option “Drop As” which when selected gives you a list of link types you can create. I usually use symbolic links because I understand them and they can be moved across disk boundaries. Links are extremely useful for all kinds of things. Way too many entries from Virus Total: Is this a present from Download. Com / thank you NOT! Why not download PathCleaner from its homepage mentioned under the article?

The tool Glary Utilities that I use is apparently also cleaning that. I had 0, while this installment of Win7 has been running for about 2 years.

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I run only Glarysoft’s Registry Repair (the free version, much limited but as an extra to other Registry repair tools) so that won’t handle Windows\Installer. Yet I remain surprised that your Installer folder is empty. With a Windows 7 installed late Aug.

I use Glary Utilities (free edition btw) as I said, and with the disk cleanup and the “windows Updates” option selected to clean out, it cleans that out. I run that about monthly after patch tuesdays. So take that as you may, but more individual small programs don’t make it easier to maintain, just more cumbersome. Yeah i have Glary Utilities pro. But the Windows update box was unticked. So I ticked that box now. Hardly anything was cleared though. Still thanks for the tip. I will not use Pathcleaner as I have too little knowledge of these things.

For me, cleaning out what one person claims was “17GB max” of files on a drive, files that may be essential later on down the road, essential enough to make a backup and disc image [which will take the original amount of space on some storage device plus an additional amount if a full disc image is made] makes zero sense, both in sound computer maintenance and theoretical performance improvements. Leave the “orphan files” where they be and move something else such as precious “Kodak moment” photos and videos and music to some external device.

Four movies off the main drive is the same space saving. Or uninstall that host of seldom or never used programs that take up GBs of space. Honestly, my main OS drive is 128 SSD; I’m using 25GB [actually less] and have more programs and space than I shall ever need. If, perchance, the need arises, GDrive, Dropbox, OneDrive, space, space, space galor.

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Unless, of course, one likes to “pretend” such tools are useful for. Spending time before death? Hey, the app seems promising, but I not really see an benefit (yet) compared to the internal MS solution which seems to do his job very good because I cleaned it and after that I used this mentioned tool and it shows 0.

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I think this apps need a little bit more optimization like (as already mentioned) an portable version or additional features to check winsxs and so. There isn’t an internal MS solution, people seem to be confusing the Windows\Install folder with things like the Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder, and Winsxs folder. The built in Windows diskcleanup program is meant to clean out the Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder (storage for Windows updates) but like most things from Microsoft it does a half-arsed job and leaves a lot of the old downloaded updates in place, CCleaner does a better job of cleaning out old windows updates that are no longer needed IMHO.

The Winsxs folder probably shouldn’t be touched as it’s used to store different versions of files that maybe needed for different programs, added to that a lot of the files in the Winsxs folder are hardlinked (virtual copies) so tampering with files in the Winsxs folder is the same as tampering with the actual file, deleting a file from Winsxs will lead to it also delete the file from it’s true location. Just ran it and was able to move 23GB of orphaned files off my C: drive over to another partition. Had done a complete image backup yesterday so was a safe time to try out the util.

I use CCcleaner and Glay and cleanmgr all the time but this found 17GB on my SSD, files moved to hard disk.

No adware installed, portable installation is always nice! The program says 63 files still used, 0 files are orphaned, 0.

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Is this Windows 10-specific only as I have Windows 7 and don’t have a directory called c:\Windows\Installer (even with the “hide protected operating system files (Recommended)” option disabled in the Folder options)? I have windows7, and that folder is there.

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Otherwise you just type the “C:\Windows\Installer\” in the location bar in windows explorer, then you see its content. How do you stop “Glarysoft Registry Repair” from phoning-home (supposedly for updates check only)? Is there a portable version of “Glarysoft Registry Repair”?

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This program did absolutely nothing for me. I couldn’t find a c:\windows\installer on my win7 64bit first, but after going through folder options i revealed it. It was a bunch of folders and 700mb of content. However the patchcleaner still just says 62 files in use, 0 orphaned files. GB in size on a Windows 7 64bit and it make sense, as except for Windows OS I don’t use any other Microsoft software like:office, outlook, IE which get monthly updates. I also use only portable apps. Yeah, but why would patchcleaner say 0 files to cleanup when there is 700mb in the installer folder then?

Not all files in the folder are orphan. PatchCleaner will only remove orphaned files. The longer you use the operating system, and the more you upgrade, the larger the folder will be, usually.

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My Norton Security did object to the downloaded file, which it gave the red flag and promptly deleted! Potentially useful but, for me, not as it is.

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See a detailed list of any “orphans” it claims to have found. Be able to individually select any orphan(s) that I want to move, to delete or to leave alone. Have a logs of the apps findings and actions. I’d even settle for the ability to take screenshots. I’m just not ready to blindly trust any program to safely manipulate hundreds or thousands of megabytes of my data. Well thanks for this very useful piece of software!

After two years of use (Windows 7 64bts) my 128GB SSD was full except for 14 GB – even though I store and save my data files on a different partition. After having run Patchcleaner to move my orphan files it is a safe 32GB again. My one question is: how will this affect the moment (probably coming Summer) that I decide to upgrade to Windows 10? I prefer upgrading rather than doing a fresh W10 install.