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#46
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Go to Start then to Run
Type in compmgmt.msc and click Enter
On left side click on Disk Management
On right side you will see you hard drive.
Now I need you to take a screenshot and attach it to your next reply. Do the following to take a screenshot while the above is open and showing on your desktop.

To do a screenshot please have click on your Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
Now go to Start and then to All Programs
Scroll to Accessories and then click on Paint
In the Empty White Area click and hold the CTRL key and then click the V
Go to the File option at the top and click on Save as
Save as file type JPEG and save it to your Desktop


Attach it to your next reply
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Here it is:

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Yep alot of strange partitions on here.
47mb partition and a 3.5gb partition. Even put together would only give you 3.5 gigs of empty space. Now lets check something.
We just did a parallel installation so that means there is a Windows folder sitting on your drive that is of no use to you now.
What I need to see now is in Windows Explorer i need you to look for a Windows folder and click on it. Tell me how large it is. Look at the bottom of the window it should tell you. If not right click on it and go to properties and give me the info the new window shows or take another screenshot of it.
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There was a windows and a windows0 (which we created during the reinstall at some point), both in attached screenshot.

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Windows is the old one. Now here is the tricky part. What I need you to do is to right click on Windows and rename it to let's say WindowsOld
Then take a look at your programs and make sure they all still work. If they do then I believe where we can pickup another 4.5 gigs of drive space. Let me know and I will instruct you on the next steps.
Then we will worry about that 3.5 gigs of partition space that right now isn't being utilized.
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Did that, restarted and everything seems to be working fine.
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OK then the next step is to right click on WindowsOld and then Delete it
Then Download Auslogics Defrag from the link in my signature below. Auslogics Defrag in my opinion is better because:
It does a more comprehensive job at Defragging
It will actually show you what it is doing
At the end of working it will show you how much speed you picked up
You can view a online log of the files that Auslogics defragged


http://auslogics.com...defrag/download
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Could not delete windowsold, go the following message:

Cannot delete Blastcln: Access is denied.

Make sure that the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.


I then clicked OK and the deleting stopped.
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Ahhh ok then let's try it in Safe Mode
If that doesn't work then I suggest trying.
Download Unlocker

Ever had such an annoying message given by Windows?
It has many other flavors:

Cannot delete file: Access is denied
There has been a sharing violation.
The source or destination file may be in use.
The file is in use by another program or user.
Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.


Unlocker is the solution!

1. Simply right click the folder or file and select Unlocker

2. If the folder or file is locked, a window listing of lockers will appear

3. Simply click Unlock All and you are done!
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Safe mode didn't work, downloaded unlocker, when I right click on windowsold I get the attached which does not seem to match the instructions (I tried clicking delete, move, and no action and none helped):

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Well this is getting irritating for sure now.
Try Move on boot
Start the program and try clicking on the folder and see if it will delete it on the next bootup.
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Ok, it worked, so windowsold is gone. However, didn't free up much space, downloaded Auslogics Defrag, get message saying "disk C has less than 10% free space which may reduce effectiveness of defrag."

Signing off for tonight, thanks for your continued support during this long frustrating process!
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No problem but if Defrag will run then go ahead and run it.
We will work on freeing up more space tomorrow. Thanks for staying with me on this and I appreciate your patience.
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Ran the defrag, disk cleanup, and have been removing some old files (selectively of course) with more work still to come. Right now I'm at 66.4GB used and 4.52GB free. It is an old computer so I'm not sure if that's the best I can do, but if you can think of any other redundant "stuff" from the reinstall that I can delete, let me know.

Otherwise, things seem to be running fine.
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As you go through and delete the stuff in the Windows folder it should open more.
I don't know if this will work but you can try it.
Download and install Revo Uninstaller
  • Double click the Revo Uninstaller icon on your desktop to start the program
  • Scroll through the listed programs and Right Click on the program you wish to uninstall
  • From the pop out menu choose Uninstall
  • Click Yes to the confirmation dialogue
  • In the next window select the Advanced mode
  • Click Next to start uninstalling the program
  • Answer Yes to confirm the uninstall
  • When the program has completed the four steps, click Next to allow the program to search for leftovers
  • Once complete, click Next, then Finish
  • Repeat the above steps for any other programs you wish to remove.

Try using this and click on the WindowsOld folder and see if it will get rid of it. If not in normal mode oyu may have to try it in Safe Mode
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