How to save half a gig of disk space in a couple of seconds

by Volker Weber

Check out "C:\Documents and Settings\...\Local Settings\Temp\" and remove the 500 MB installer that Lotus Notes 8 leaves behind. How many employees does IBM have? 300,000? 150 Terabyte of wasted storage.


Under Vista, the path is


BTW: Deleting this folder and the subfolder once a month will always save you a lot of disk space.

Andy Brunner, 2008-08-28

ROFL, IBM needs todo a better job at cleaning up after itself. That's pure and utter sloppiness.

Claurice Jackson, 2008-08-28

I am not that into Windows, but the last time I deleted some stuff there I lost the capability of some installers to modify/repair their installations... Affected products: RIM Desktop Manager 4.5 and Visual Studio .Net 2003.

Martin Christian Kautz, 2008-08-28

If you can't nuke /temp at boot time, the application developer has fukced up.

Volker Weber, 2008-08-28

1.2 GB in temp. nuff said. waiting for my MacBook :-)

Alexander Kluge, 2008-08-28

Well your MacBook will have 1.2 GB of printer drivers, right? :-)

Ed Brill, 2008-08-28

A lot more.

Volker Weber, 2008-08-28

I ran Monolingual on my MacBook Pro and saved a heap of space

Mark Elgar, 2008-08-29

I used to do that as well. But it can cause you trouble with updates. It's better to do a fresh install and tell Mac OS X what to install and what to leave out.

Volker Weber, 2008-08-29

That's what the free and very useful tool Crap Cleaner is good for on Windows. Not only does it clean up temporary files, it also allows you to remove all those uninstallers for Windows system patches and other files, amongst others.

Highly recommended.

Thomas Gumz, 2008-08-29

This bug only seems to affect the standard client configuration. I have just installed a basic client and a Domino server and the installation has cleaned up after completion.

Andy Brunner, 2008-08-29


It affects all 3 installers, the difference is whether you use the web package directly or unpack it first.

Obviously if you manually unpack the files on another machine first then the installer can't unpack them again.

The temp folder on my basic client machine now contains not one, not two but THREE .msi files - for each of 8.0, 8.0.1 and 8.0.2. What a mess.

Ben Rose, 2008-08-29


You are absolutely right. I did the unpack first and then the installer did a clean exit.

Sorry :)

Andy Brunner, 2008-08-29

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