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Too many system files

Gateway Solo 2300 Notebook/96MB RAM/3.81GB HD/233MHz
Windows 2000 Professional
A little over a month ago I had to do a clean install of W2k because I had corrupted syatem files and Windows could not start. Now, when I try to defrag C:, I have not enough free space to do so and I noticed that more than half the drive is System (green) files.
Is there a way to correct this? I formatted the drive when I was doing the install and I'm afraid if I try it again I will end up with even MORE system files on the drive. I have very few programs installed besides what came with Windows and no .jpg,.avi...etc.No large files. I realize my computer is old and "small", but it's all I have and will have for quite some time.
Thank You in advance for any help and I will be sure to post anything that did help to solve this problem.

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That may be proper.

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But without details, this discussion can't start.


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No,it's not "proper"

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Before I had to do the clean install my system files occupied much much less space on my hard drive and I had 3 times the programs installed that I do now.
What are the other "details" you need? I gave my Hard Drive capacity, MB's RAM , OS, Computer Manufacturer....What more do you need?

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For a sub-4GB drive...

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If I install Windows 2000 to the defaults and run Windows Update and accept all the items, not much space would be left on an under 4GB drive.

Nothing new here and not much I can offer. You picked up a nice OS but just don't have the space.

You can try uninstalling any item you don't use, but I can't tell you what stays or goes.

Happy hunting,


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Thank You.

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I suspected it was all the updates I downloaded since I'm sure many were lost by uninstalling programs before I had to do the clean install, and all are intact now. I see no option other than uninstalling some of the uppdates that are not "critical".
Thank You for your quick response.
Have a nice Day!

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I forgot something.

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Sorry, but after "Windows Updates" many files will be left so you can uninstall the updates. If you are absolutely sure you will not uninstall a patch, then look for the $NT or NT$ items in Windows or such directory to clean such up manually.

You can save yourself some space by creating a Windows 2000 SP4 install CD with AUTOSTREAMER. This cuts down on some duplication of files in the update process. Normally we don't bother with drives being so cheap. In other words, drive space is cheaper than the time to slim down this old OS.


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The $NtUninstall files

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are in my WINNT folder and I think you have a way for me to keep my OS updated and still gain space by deleting the $NtUninstall files manually(and there are a LOT of them!)
Thank You so much for your help and I will post regarding how much space I gained after removing those files.
Will take a while and then I'll do a cleanup.
Back in a Flash!

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I went from 489MB's free space to 713MB's!200+more space!
I know it doesn't sound like much, but for me it's enough room to "Spread my Wings and FLY"!
Thank you for your help and if I could, I would Email you a Lobster Dinner!
One Happy Camper,

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