Cleaning-up My Hard Drive

By Garth Jones Back in October I tweeted that my hard drive was down to 89.9 MB free!! In this blog post I’ll tell you how I cleaned it up. Here’s a bit of background. I wanted to test Windows 10, so I did everything possible to clean-up my hard drive. I removed my offline files, I turned off my drop-box caching, I cleaned-up temp files, and I even uninstalled unused applications. You get the picture! The best that I could do, however, was about 2GB of free space. This wouldn’t last for long because software updates would get deployed to my laptop and the space would get all used up again. What was using up all of the space? It turns out that C:\Windows\Installer was consuming ~50 GB of the 118 GB drive! What is this used for? In short it is a cache directory for all MSI that get installed...

MSI installation based software

Recently I needed to demonstrate ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Software Center for a client. Of course, I needed some demo *.MSI files to import as applications. One Twitter message later, and I had lots of great suggestions. (Thank you) I’ve compiled … Continue reading →