Windows 7 PC runs out of space because of cab_xxx_x files in Temp folder

Issue

Windows Temp directory (C:\Windows\Temp) gets filled-up with cab_xxx_x files until C: drive runs out of space. Deleting the files doesn't help as thousands of new cab_ files get generated every day.

Resolution

  • Stop Windows Module Installer service
  • Delete all cab_ files from C:\Windows\Temp
  • Navigate to C:\Windows\Logs
    • Delete CBS.log and other .log and .cab files that have CBS in their name.
  • Start Windows Module Installer service

February 2017
Windows 7 Pro

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