October 22, 2008

Vista Cleanup Overstated

The other day I had to install a program and having a small primary hard driver decided to go for some cleanup...

The other day I had to install a program and having a small primary hard driver decided to go for some cleanup... After asking Vista for the amount of "wasted" space I was puzzled:

Freeing 36.7 GB out of a 63.7 GB hard driver would have been great, but I was somewhat suspiciour to have collected 15 GB of reports and 21 of temporary files. In fact, after the cleanup, the system had the following status:

So it did free a lot of space (9GB) but far less than Windows Vista computed. How could it be so wrong? The temp folder has so many file (and it takes Vista minutes to sum them)... it is unbelievable they did the wrong sum! Hope Windows 7 is really goign to fix all Vista bugs, that would have been good enough for me to upgrade. (Ballmer, Vista is a quite crappy and companies are not using it, this is the real world... your fantasy world mgiht be different, though.)





 

7 Comments

Vista Cleanup not Overstated 

Hi Marco,

out of interest I ran a clean up on my computer, and
it work just fine. It stated it would free up 5,05 GB
and it did just that, well almost. 4,9 GB were deleted.

I almost never can repeat your problems with Vista and
I am quiet glad to have it. It is much more effecient
to use that XP ever was.

Regards,
Daniel
Comment by Daniel Wischnewski [http://www.karatemuenchen.de] on October 22, 11:45

Vista Cleanup Overstated 

A nice blogpost on freeing diskspace on Vista: http://
www.hanselman.com/blog/
GuideToFreeingUpDiskSpaceUnderWindowsVista.aspx

-Vegar 
Comment by Vegar on October 22, 11:45

Vista Cleanup Overstated 

Three of my biggest Vista gripes are the S-L-O-W file
copies, miscalculating the completion time of file
copies (it literally might start off at 30 minutes,
almost immediately drop to 12 minutes and then be 95%
done after about 5 minutes with 3 minutes remaining on
the clock, is is really that hard to guestimate these
things?) and finally unzip speeds.  I tried to use the
built in Windows unzip tool and it was going to take
about 20 minutes to unzip an archive.  So I downloaded
and installed Zipgenius (free and good software, BTW)
and it unzipped the same file in about 1 minute!  Geez
what did they spend all of those years doing building
Vista, adding nested do-loops and timer waits just to
slow it down?  That is the only explanation I can
think of :-(
Comment by Leonard Gallion on October 22, 17:35

Did you have it clean up unused files? 

Part of clean-up is to compress unused files.  It just
estimates what the compression will be on those files,
and it may have been that it estimated way wrong. 
Maybe you have a bunch of zip, cab or multi-media
files that are unused that it tried to compress.  They
hardly compress at all, so the result was much less
then expected.
Comment by Jim McKeeth [http://www.Delphi.org] on October 22, 23:44

Vista Cleanup Overstated 

I guess that a modern OS should understand what files 
are already compressed, or don't compress much and 
take it into account...
Comment by Luigi D. Sandon on October 23, 01:07

Vista Cleanup Overstated 

Every blogger likes to bash Vista...

Hope Delphi 2010 is really goign to fix all Delphi 
bugs, that would have been good enough for me to 
upgrade. (Williams, Delphi is a quite crappy and 
companies are not using it, this is the real world... 
your fantasy world mgiht be different, though.)


Comment by Adam on October 23, 20:26

Vista Cleanup Overstated 

It might be because of NTFS compression?

Comment by Just a Gues on October 24, 15:29


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