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Old 07-03-2007, 05:25 PM   #1
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Default Vista: what is base.WIM ??

the other day, i was stressing about how little HDD space I have left, so I started looking for things that i didnt need so i could delete them. the first place i started was the "temp" folder. In it, among other things, i found a massive(5.7gb) file called "base.wim". its format is not recognized by vista, so i couldnt open it.
my question is: should i have not deleted base.wim ?
i have not noticed any glitches, ect. my reasoning is/was that its a temporary file, so it shouldnt be a big deal. Am i right? its still in th recycle bin, so i can put it back. but if i dont need it, i would like to rid my cramped HDD of it.
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Old 07-03-2007, 06:48 PM   #2
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its likely a setup file that windows forgot to delete or the like. its ok to delete.
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Old 07-04-2007, 05:35 AM   #3
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If you don't use hibernation, then turn it off to save yourself the 2GB that is allocated for hiberfil.sys.

Turn off system restore if it is on, Unless you think your going to need it.

Go ahead and delete the BASE.WIM file, if it's in the C:\temp directory then it's probably some setup file that Windows forgot to delete after install.

But i Bet i can Guess your Using a HP Laptop?

Or a Laptop At That?

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Old 02-28-2008, 12:39 AM   #4
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i got that base.wim too, but mine is 9.56 gigs. i think i'm going to delete it
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