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Windows 7: Files in Windows/winsxs folder. Can I delete them?


28 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 8 Pro
 
 
Files in Windows/winsxs folder. Can I delete them?

While doing a thorough scan with Malwarebytes I found it slogging through a folder under 'Windows' named 'winsxs'. In it are hundreds of similar files, all beginning "amd64_microsoft. followed by a long string that varies a bit from the previous ones. This is on my HP laptop 64 bit Win 7 machine. Can I delete these files and do do no harm? Thanks!

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28 Dec 2012   #2

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

I would definately not delete anything in the windows folder, pretty much everything except temp files are there for a reason
The sxs (side by side ) folder contains backup if you like of system dll`s and is not to be messed with

Google is your friend http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&sugex...&bpcl=40096503
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28 Dec 2012   #3
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you want to brick your system go ahead. But the smart man stays off winsxs which is about the most inportant folder in your system.
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29 Dec 2012   #4

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Thanks to both of you for the quick and direct response. I try to never make such a move without checking with you sages on the Forum first. Much appreciated! They will stay untouched.
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29 Dec 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Needless to say, deleting files in your 'windows\temp' can speed up an old computer massively, I do it whenever my pc lags
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