Diaries of Microsoft being complete trash
Posted: Posted June 28th, 2017 by Jo Nathan
I always knew Microsoft was the butt of many jokes in the tech world, but it wasn't until I started my new job back in November that I started to realize just how terrible they actually are.
Case in point: last week, I was trying to figure out why several Windows 7 PCs at one client were all running out of disk space. When I got access to one of the machines and could do a disk usage analysis, I found that about 150GB of space was being used up by thousands of files in C:\Windows\Temp, all with filenames like cab_xxxx_x (where the x's are incrementing numbers). What the hell is going on?
A quick Google search led me to this article:
The tl;dr of it: When certain logs get too big, a cleanup process chokes on it and dumps a 100MB junk file into C:\Windows\Temp while trying (and failing) to compress them, and it will do this every 20 minutes until the C drive has every single one of its bytes used up. And apparently Microsoft has known about this problem for years but has done nothing about it. Best of all, it seems this can happen on Server 2008 R2 systems as well, which I'm sure the sysadmins just love.
It's an easy problem for IT folks to fix, but we really shouldn't have to do Microsoft's job for them. They should just fix their shit and not be complete trash.
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