Go Back   TechArena Community > Technical Support > Computer Help > Windows XP > Windows XP Support
Become a Member!
Forgot your username/password?
Tags Active Topics RSS Search Mark Forums Read

Sponsored Links



What is in the c:\Windows\installer

Windows XP Support


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 17-05-2007
Travis
 
Posts: n/a
What is in the c:\Windows\installer

I've just installed a new and quite large hard disk and now that I've
got the space I'm trying to free up lots of room on my C: partition so
I can defrag the hard disk regularly and hopefully speed up my
machine. Defrag requires about 15% spare space in order to work
properly, but I've only succeeded in getting it to about 13% free.

However the defragmentation report, which showed the list of files
which couldn't be defragmented, included a whole bunch of 455 megabyte
files called \windows\installer\*.msp

What are they for? Can they be deleted or, better yet, moved to one
of the bigger partitions I'm using for data or programs which now have
about 80% free space?


Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 17-05-2007
Mark L. Ferguson
 
Posts: n/a
RE: What is in the c:\Windows\installer

The installer is also the 'uninstaller'. If you are going to keep track of
everything in and out, just like the 'system restore' files, you do it in a
'stack'. You don't get to 'pull a tray out of the middle'. There are a lot of
system things you can't put on another drive, and running against that
reality has caused a lot of irritation, especially for the owners of smaller
systems.

I have seen the same problem a lot of times, today no different than a
decade ago, it's not possible to 'put 10 pounds of stuff in a five pound bag'
:) You have so many things installed that the system requires more space than
you started with. That's not to say that a nice small system partition isn't
a desirable thing, it certainly is, especially for defragging, checking the
disk, repairing, and so on. (Not to mention the RAID principal of replacing
failing disks and making 'mirrors'.)

It comes down to: Give up something, or move the system to a bigger partition.

Good Luck.
--
Mark L. Ferguson



"Travis" wrote:

> I've just installed a new and quite large hard disk and now that I've
> got the space I'm trying to free up lots of room on my C: partition so
> I can defrag the hard disk regularly and hopefully speed up my
> machine. Defrag requires about 15% spare space in order to work
> properly, but I've only succeeded in getting it to about 13% free.
>
> However the defragmentation report, which showed the list of files
> which couldn't be defragmented, included a whole bunch of 455 megabyte
> files called \windows\installer\*.msp
>
> What are they for? Can they be deleted or, better yet, moved to one
> of the bigger partitions I'm using for data or programs which now have
> about 80% free space?
>
>

Reply With Quote
Reply

  TechArena Community > Technical Support > Computer Help > Windows XP > Windows XP Support
Tags:



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads for: "What is in the c:\Windows\installer"
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
office 2007 :The windows installer service cannot update one or more protected windows Jeffrey Office Setup 24 07-05-2012 11:41 AM
Windows 7: Getting message ?Unable to access the Windows Installer service? Sudeepa Operating Systems 5 29-03-2011 08:19 PM
Windows installer service cannot update one or more protected windows files, installation failed Obama P Windows Software 6 02-08-2010 10:17 AM
How to start Windows Installer in Safe Mode in Windows Vista John Vista Help 5 27-12-2007 09:16 AM
windows installer 3.1 Error Code: 0x80070005 windows update fixed kim hyun jin Windows Update 0 11-10-2006 12:59 PM


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 07:58 AM.