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Old 10-05-07, 09:21 PM
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Uninstall a large program and it takes days for the space to show as available?

This happens every now and again. I'll uninstall a fairly large program (few gigs) using its uninstaller on WinXP (SP2) and the space won't show up as available for a few days. Is there a way to make windows "take out the trash" immediately?

edited to add: I figured it out. Norton was "protecting" me by keeping things around after deletion, then they'd get deleted once a week. Thought I'd disabled all that :/.

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Originally Posted by cartman
This happens every now and again. I'll uninstall a fairly large program (few gigs) using its uninstaller on WinXP (SP2) and the space won't show up as available for a few days. Is there a way to make windows "take out the trash" immediately?
It's the system restore in XP.

It should be something like: Right click the c drive -> properties -> disk cleanup -> more options -> cleanup restore points. You will not be able to go back to the previous state. You can limit the amount of space for system restore from the control panel.

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You can right click on the trash can, go to properties, go to the drive and there is a check box to remove insted of going to recycle bin.
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Thanks, but I already limit my restore point size to 200MB, and it's not that there are things in the recycle bin that I don't want to manually delete, it's things that windows deletes but doesn't free the space immediately. Some things that I do that will cause this to occur are:

1) Uninstall a large program (lets say Age of Empires 3) using the uninstaller. It'll uninstall it, but the space (4 gigs, about) won't be available for a few days.

2) "Move" (ctrl-x) a large file from an internal drive to an external drive. Lets say I move an 800MB file from C to D (D being the external). Windows moves it, but the space won't be freed for days. If I were to instead just copy the file from C to D, then delete the file from C, it'll show up in the recycle bin and I can empty it to free the space immediately.

3) Deleting a folder of significant size (lets say 2 gigs). It will give me the "this folder/file is too big for the recycle bin, do you want to permanently delete it?" box. I will click "yes" and the folder will be deleted, but I won't get the space back for a few days.

Hopefully the extra examples will help explain better what my problem is.

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