If you end up with a low disk space, or a lot of broken shorcuts without knowing how this exaclty happened on Windows XP and you need to free some disk space on OS without manually bothering to delete Windows Temporary files. Check out a tiny Russian Program called Free Spacer. The program is a good substitute for the inefficient windows default app Disk Cleaner. Free Spacer is FreeWare and it can be just used "as it is" but unfortunately access to source code is unavailable as well as use for commercial purposes is prohibited.
I've used Free Spacer multiple times on messed up PCs and always it does good, it is an excellent piece of software. Any Windows-Admin knows Cleaning some disk space from unnecessary junk files, makes PC work faster. Free Spacer is very useful to run on Virus infested PCs, together with SpyBot , Malware Bytes and some AV soft like Avira.
As software is Russian, unfortunately menu buttons are in Russian too. Even non-russians can easily orientate as the most important buttons are first two from up to bottom and the last which is exit. The first button on from top onwards starts searching for garbage and obsolete and temporary files you can afterwards delete with the second button Ð£Ð´Ð°Ð»Ð¸Ñ‚ÑŒ – meaning Delete in Russian). A note to make here is on newer Windows than XP Pro or XP Home FreeSpacer does not work well; even though it installs and runs on x86 Windows Vista and Win 7 it hangs up during scan.
For latest version of FreeSpacer check Free Spacer's Official version here, only available in Russian. As of time of writting this post FreeSpacer's latest version is 1.67, I've created mirror of FreeSpcer 1.67 here.
Here is description of what FreeSpacer "features" translated to English:
- Powerful cleaner drive of unnecessary files.
- Cleans efficient found "garbage." files
- A large number of masks for the detection of unnecessary files / folders.
- Cleanup folders with temporary files, not only Windows / Internet, but about 30 popular programs.
- Search for invalid shortcuts.
- Search system restore points.
- Search for missing files and folders.
- Support Exclude files and folders.