Symbolic linking in Windows to clear up space

My laptop is running Vista 32-bit at the moment, and the C:\Windows\Installer directory is over 5GB big! Not too pleased about that, I set about trying to find a way to either delete it or move it to my bigger D:\ partition.

I found a great link on that mentioned Junction – a free app that allows the new(ish) symbolic link functionality to work in Windows.

Using it, I was able to move the whole folder to the D:\, and then use the command

junction C:\Windows\Installer D:\Windows\Installer

to trick Windows into thinking that the folder is still there.

Something I’m used to doing on Linux, but not Windows.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s