I know that there are several threads about similar problems, they are different enough that I can't get to a solution.
Here's the problem:
I was given this Dell Inspirion 530 computer because it had Vista on it.
I have used it very little since setting it up in 2010.
Now I am getting messages that say "drive (D) RECOVERY is full". I checked with "properties" to see what was on (D) all I found as 6 GB of recovery files, but the drive says it has 15 GB on it. I tried disk cleanup more options but found nothing.
I was checking windows updates, automatic, and found that all of the updates were being stored in (D), all 420 of them, most of them were for programs I never use.
Here's where I get lost. I have never changed anything to do with drive (D), I never changed anything having to do with windows updates, or for the restore points that are there too. All of the disks that came with the computer are still sealed in their envelopes.
On the internet all I see is "nothing should be in this drive except the recovery programs". I have to believe this is the way Dell loaded it. Of course Dell won't own up to it and for $129 they will fix their screwup. It's out of warranty, because it took 2+ years to add the 9 GB of updates. I didn't know there was a problem and now I get stuck with a bill?
If anyone can help me untange this I would appreciate the effort.
If not, It didn't cost me anything and the landfill is still accepting trash.