My wife's computer is running Windows XP, SP3 on an 80GB hard drive on a Dell desktop. She has periodically gotten warnings about her HD being full, so I'd suggested that she back up some photos to another drive to make room. Now that the holidays are here, we finally had some time to really look at the problem, and thanks to a wonderful little program called TreeSizeFree (Thanks, Eike), I was able to determine the real problem.
As you can see from the screenshot below, her HD appears to have a massive tumor growing in it. Out of a total available HD size of 75.796GB, Windows is taking up a massive 48.734GB, 48.423GB (91.9%) of which is the Installer folder . By way of comparison, that same scan on my XP, SP2 Dell desktop showed Windows at 5.798GB and the Installer folder at 0.861GB, and on my Dell XP SP3 laptop Windows was 6.485GB with an Installer folder at 0.471GB.
Windows XP Installer 48.7GB.jpg
Clearly, something is (literally!) hugely wrong here and I'd appreciate any thoughts or suggestions that might help me to resolve it. I've owned and played with computers since 1985, so I'm moderately computer savvy, but I'm certainly no "techie," so if the solution to this turns out to be a super high-tech or high risk operation, I'll probably just hand it over to a "computer doctor" here in town and let them handle the "tumor removal."
Thanks in advance for any and all help.