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diskcleanup has a list of to cleanup
such as debugdump file,system...
What should I clean with Disk
Cleanup?
I have Windows 7, will the information
reguard the two files still...
Problem regarding my Disk Space...
Bluescreen after log in on Windows 7
x64 - minidump included

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Debug Dump Files and Setup Log Files in Disk Cleanup window
The above two items appear in my Disk Cleanup window, and I would question if it is o:k to delete them.
The first occupies a space of 283 KB and the other 2537 KB. The description given of these two files in
the Disk Cleanup window is "Files created by Windows".
I have a second question: I have approx. 5 GB left as free space on my "C" Hard Drive. Is this considered
sufficient or should I have more? I am a retired senior and only use the computer for basic items.
I have a Dell Dimension 4100 Desktop computer with Windows XP - Home Edition Operating System -
Service Pack 3, Pentium 111 with 930 MHZ, 20 GB Hard Drive and 512 MB of RAM. The file system is
FAT 32.
Many thanks for your co-operation and response.
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"Debug dump files" are copies of the contents of your computer's memory.
When a program crashes, it will sometimes "dump" some or all of the
contents of RAM to a file on your hard disk. The file is only useful to
a technical support person who is trying to understand why the program
crashed. (Most tech support people have no clue what to do with a dump
file.)
Unless you've been asked to submit a dump file for inspection, feel free
to get rid of them.
Setup log files are files that "log" a program's installation. If you
look at one (they're really just text files - open with Notepad) you'll
see that they give a blow-by-blow description of how the program was
installed, in glorious detail.
If a program did not install properly, the setup log will tell you what
went wrong. If you haven't had an install go badly, feel free to ditch
these files as well.
On the question of how much free disk space is enough...there are no
standards. 15% of your disk needs to be unoccupied in order for Windows
built-in defragmenter to work. Beyond that, it's up to you.

Your CPU is another story. It won't be easy to find effective security
software that will operate on a P3. Even if you only use the computer
for basic items, an internet connection is basic enough for an online
criminal to find you.
Another community answer from the Windows XP newsgroups

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This question and answer were just what I needed to see. Thanks to both the questioner and the responder.
Very clear and informative.
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lrkar51 replied on September 1, 2010
Age has is virtues
Per 2nd Question: I only let my Hard Drive get to 75% Full, then I get a "larger" HD. Most computer
Technicians will agree with this, especially today, when you can get a Terabyte HD for about $149.
Nailbreak - You might ask about Q #1 at: http://eddietaylors.com/
Age has is virtues
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Nailbreak replied on February 19, 2011
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I would have thought to craft some better words than this sentence:
(Most tech support people have no clue what to do with a dump file.)
I would have used less disparaging words that are also encouraging like:
Not all technical support people have the need to understand how to interpret crash dump files. Knowing how
to properly interpret crash dump files helps resolve system problems quickly and with certainly instead of
guessing or using trial and error methods. If you want to become an effective troubleshooter and problem
solver, knowing how to interpret crash dump files is a good talent to develop. With a little practice, anyone
can learn how to interpret and understand a crash dump file.
A. User replied on February 19, 2011
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Do, or do not. There is no try.
I decided to save up points for a new puppy instead of a pony!
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With all due respect, Let me c. Do or do not there's no try? Wow, sometimes Ive tried and tried and did
not....... It happened with a Rubix Qb. Sounds like youre one of those talented people who just did it the very
first time. Then there was hang gliding. I put on all the gear went to the edge, and guess what, I didnt do it
but I gave it another try. I gave it another try, you'd be proud, but when I got to the edge I still turned back. I
trust that you would put on the gear go to the edge and just jump off the very first time. Then there was the
bungie jumping... lol. Then there was the time I ordered something with a fancy name like escargo that
looked like snails, I polked one with my fork brought it to my mouth but moved the fork back, I didnt do it. I
brought it to my mouth one more time and still moved my fork back, I tried but I didnt do it. But rest assured
I do believe that you poked that snail brought it to your mouth and popped it in and just munched away. How
fortunate you sound to me. I read your words, " Do or do not there is no try" but somehow I dont believe
they stand true when it comes to living life, world peace and out computers. I'm sure you stand true to them
or you wouldnt have said them. I didnt reply to Nailbreak, instead I got a Pony. Sorry, couldnt help it.
Please try to keep in mind that we are all individuals and we cant express but through our own minds. I
hope you enjoyed this little lesson as much as Nailbreak, whom I understood about dump files clearly
enough, enjoyed yours. Thank You and may God bless.
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SkSodi replied on October 18, 2012
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"Do or Do Not, There is no Try".....this is a quote from Yoda in Star Wars: Ep V
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Thank You.
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JeanRaven replied on October 19, 2012
In reply to RyanT - Support Engineer's post on September 23, 2009
My "Debug dump files" has 519 MB that I tried to delete. It wouldn't delete and just remains. Are there any
files that should not be deleted? I only delete Downloaded Program Files, Temporary Internet Files & Recycle
Bin (and don't even know if this is correct) Please help a guy out.
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MikeBova replied on September 3, 2013
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I don't think those Disk Cleanup options exist in Windows XP, do they?
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Nearly all of the ATMs in the world are running the Windows XP operating system.
Bank on it.
I have never seen them.
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To @A. User
That is an interesting perspective and I'm sure very helpful to those who provide tech support in various
situations. Having an extra tool at one's disposal, like understanding a crash dump file, can only be an
advantage that will help solve what are sometimes pesky and "mysterious" problems. In my experience,
troubleshooting can sometimes be such a black magic. Perhaps analyzing a dump file will make it more of a
science.
In regards to your opening sentences, I respectfully opine that only a hypersensitive person would take
offense at what he was trying to say with that sentence. I do not believe that he meant any. I personally
would have used less disparaging words that would have taken advantage of a teaching moment that would
have said something like:
Thank you for your helpful answer which not only answered the question, but undoubtedly helped others with
the same inquiry. In regards to most tech support people not having a clue what to do with a dump file, it is
apparent that you speak from your experience. However, in my experience...
And then take it from there with your "Not all tech support" sentence.
Thanks again for your post. BTW, I love the Yoda quote and I often use it with my students.
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