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windows XP 4.5GB?


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Hello,

I have installed a new version of windows XP today because the one that was previously installed on my computer by the person wold sold it to me, was a none genuine one and it caused a lot of problems with my system..

My system seems to be fine since I did the new installation, but now, when I look at the size of windows on my machine, its over 4.5GB...
Is it normal that XP takes that much size on my hard drive? If not, is there anything I can do?

Thanks a lot for your help
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how did you go about replacing the "non genuine" version?
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I did the steps presented on the microsoft site:

1. Start your computer.
2. Insert the Windows XP CD in your computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
3. On the Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP page, click Install Windows XP.
4. On the Welcome to Windows Setup page, click Upgrade (Recommended) in the Installation Type box (if it is not already selected), and then click Next.
5. On the License Agreement page, click I accept this agreement, and then click Next.
6. On the Your Product Key page, type the 25-character product key in the Product key boxes, and then click Next.
7. On the Get Updated Setup Files page, select the option that you want, and then click Next.
8. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to reinstall Windows XP.

Is this a good way to to this?
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yeah..that's a standard in place reinstall... the system requirements (min) for xp is 1.5 gig for hd space...how are you checking the "size of windows"
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I go on C:\
and I do a right click on the windows folder for its properties...

is there a way to make it smaller without reinstalling everything? Something like a cleanup??

Thanks a lot for your help...I appreciate
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well..my windows folder is 3.5 gigs....that folder does get things added to it by certain software installations..plus the size is also dependant on what options you installed with windows....is the size of the folder causing you issues? or are you just annoyed at the size?
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I would say both...

I don't know if this is related but it looks like my system is a little slower after this new installation...and I have read somewhere taht windows needs a certain percentage of the hard drive space (?) to work properly?

My hard drive have 4Gb of free space now on a total of 20Gb

+ if windows was smaller, I would not have to remove files or programs that I want to keep on my computer
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it does need a certain percentage of the HD to work properly...but it takes that percentage automatically...have you checked your system for malware?
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yes! I got through the malware removal page 2 times + I have runned a few more antivirus before deciding to reinstall windows XP

It did find spywares but no viruses
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it found spyware after the reinstall or before?
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before the reinstall..
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have you run spyware scans since the reinstall?
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no...I assumed it was clean since I did not go on the net and the antispywares did not found anything on my last scan (before re-installing)
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