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08 Dec 2011  

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

I'm with ignatzatsonic here.
Although possible, somehow it's doubtful that a 10GB WinSxs folder can really be much of an issue when the smallest decent SSDs on the market start at 30GB, and most people go for 60GB to start out with.

Biggest culprits for gobbling up space:
  • Hibernate file (hiberfil.sys)
  • System Restore
  • cached downloads in C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download (these are completely safe to remove)
  • an excessive large pagefile that wasn't manually configured to remain at a fixed size
  • Backed-up files left over from installing SP1 after installing Windows
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