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ITsVISTA KB-Link: KB2522433

The system drive is full after you start a search and then click “Search again in File Contents” in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008

Consider the following scenario:

  • You select the Include Compressed Files option in the Search tab of the Folder Options dialog box on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008.
  • You open a drive or a folder that contains compressed (.zip) files, and you type some characters in the search bar.
  • You click Search again in File Contents after the search is finished.

In this scenario, you find that the system drive is full. This behavior occurs unexpectedly and quickly.


  • The drive space is being occupied by the current user’s TEMP folder.
  • This issue usually occurs when you have many large compressed files on the hard disk drive or in the folder that you are searching. Otherwise, many similar searches are needed to fill up the drive. In this case, the extracted .zip files that are stored in the current user’s TEMP folder are not deleted.
There is a download that resolves this issue. See Hotfixes for details.
32-bit Download: Contact Microsoft
64-Bit Download: Contact Microsoft

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB2522433.

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