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Can't delete Microsoft .NET

by Dude37 / May 16, 2013 8:44 AM PDT

I have 2.0 SP2, 3.0 SP2, 3.5 SP1... I can't delete any because other programs need them... No idea what needs it, but I can't even update AVG, as the C drive is full...

Never happened before, and I save every document to my external drive... So???

Win XP SP3... Asus Build, about 7 years old or so... C drive less than 2 years old

Any help is very much appreciated, but I am about to take this computer to the cliff

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Several options here
by wpgwpg / May 16, 2013 9:28 AM PDT

What I would do would be to get a 1 or 2 TB hard drive and replace the C: drive. I bought a 1 TB one for $60 a couple of months ago, and you can buy 2 TB ones now for $100. If you want to see where your hard drive space is allocated, you could download a free program called Treesize that will show where every byte is.
Good luck.

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by Dude37 / May 16, 2013 10:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Several options here

But why would this problem suddenly appear??? Besides the .NET, all I have on it is AVG and Malware Bytes and Glary for the most part... All of it has been on there for the 2 years and no problems until now... I'll buy a new hard drive, but could it be that the thing just quit and is giving a false positive???

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Get Treesize to answer your question
by wpgwpg / May 16, 2013 10:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

The only way you'll ever know where that space has gone is to get Treesize or something like it. We don't have crystal balls here. I don't see how a failing drive could have the problem, but you haven't given any details about how big your hard drive is or how much free space it normally has. Get Treesize man!

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74.5 GB
by Dude37 / May 16, 2013 2:36 PM PDT

That's all I know... I'll get Treesize, but I have never heard of it, I.E. It will take a while to figure out... Sounds like a long while, as I basically know how to power this thing on, not tech experienced

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Re: drive full
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 16, 2013 7:56 PM PDT
In reply to: 74.5 GB

A 74.5 GB drive isn't very big nowaday. So either you delete files you don't need anymore (tried the disc cleanup wizard already?, tried free ccleaner already?) or you install a larger hard disk. Your choice here.

A big disk is useful for 2 kinds of people: (1) those with a lot of stuff to store, and (2) those that don't want to spend time to learn how to keep their system clean. Not clear from what you told until now how much of (1) and how much of (2) is the case with you, but I think the last part is more than 0%.

By the way: saving files on an external disk is a recipe for disaster (that is: you'll lose them!). Where's your backup?


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Typical IT speak
by IToscar / July 28, 2013 10:33 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: drive full

Your attitude is the reason I get more customers from OTHER "knowledgable" specialists.
your answer smacks of condescension and uppityiness.
Telling someone that has a problem that they are "more than 0%" in the category that "don't want to spend time to learn" gives the rest of us a bad name.
Saving file externally is actually what I tell people and in many cases when the main computer developed problems preventing access they called me back and thanked me.
Your "bedside manner" stinks. Wogwog had it right - save up and spend about $100 and get a very large drive and then you have lots of head room.
Chastisement and shaming is no way to advise someone.
Dude37: I aplogoze for his arrogance and wish you well.

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Typical new owners?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 29, 2013 2:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Typical IT speak

I'm finding more new owners lashing out at anyone that dares to try to help. They lash out that it's too technical and well, it is technical.

-> Has the day come they should just get an iPad?

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Here's the link to download Treesize
by wpgwpg / May 17, 2013 1:02 AM PDT
In reply to: 74.5 GB

Just click on this link to download Treesize:
As Kees points out, 74 GB is not big enough for most normal C: drives, you should have at least 100 GB. Things that can take increasing amounts of the drive are recycle bin, temp folders, system restore images, and Windows updates.

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I see Glary there
by itsdigger / May 17, 2013 1:34 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

Have you used that lately? Maybe do some registry cleaning? It's pretty well discussed here how such programs can cause grief....Digger

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by Dude37 / May 17, 2013 7:33 AM PDT
In reply to: I see Glary there

Thanks for all the help, everyone... I run Glary every day, and do the disc cleanup about once a week... I haven't used CC in a long time... I'll try that and the tree, but I can't download anything on a full drive...

I have 2 backup desktops, so I can change this one out, just don't want to go through the fun of installing XP again... I am about to pull the trigger on a Mac... Really close to ditching Microsoft forever

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