Profile Quotas

Your Windows Profile space is a collection of files that control your personal settings on your Windows system, i.e. your wallpaper, your preferences in Word, etc. It also stores everything that is saved on your desktop.

Your first course of action to reduce your Profile space should be to make sure you are not storing any documents on your desktop area (the screen you see immediately when you log in).

Secondly, make sure you do not have any files saved in Downloads. Move or delete these files as appropriate.

When you click on the Profile icon (either a blue screen, a yellow triangle, or a red circle) in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen, a window called "Profile Storage Space" will open showing your Profile files ordered by size. If you cannot see this icon click on the tiny white arrow in the bottom-right of your screen to expand the icon selection.

These files are in C:\Users\username. By looking at this list you will be able to see which ones relate to software you no longer use or unnecessary items such as large wallpaper images. Delete judiciously to reduce your Profile.

One particularly useful tip which can free up a lot of Profile space is to move your Firefox Profile:

  • Make sure that Firefox is closed, then go to your P:\ drive and create folder called FirefoxProfile
  • Copy the profile xxxxxxxx.default from C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles to the folder created above
  • Edit C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\profile.ini to read:

[General]
StartWithLastProfile=1
[Profile0]
Name=Default User
IsRelative=0
Path=P:\FirefoxProfile\xxxxxxxx.default
Default=1

  • Save and restart Firefox.

Note: the C:\Users\username\AppData\ folder is hidden; you cannot get to it using the mouse. To access it, type in the path on the path bar at the top of your explorer window and press Enter.