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Windows 7: 17GB in winsxs folder help to reduce please

09 Aug 2013   #1
Angelo Dinoto

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
17GB in winsxs folder help to reduce please

With 17GB in my winsxs folder I have tried the administrator command prompt by entering :dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded

but got a few error messages one was like 87 and another one
I entered suggested command [from:]
in the command prompt:
Takeown /f %windir%\winsxs\ManifestCache\*
Icacls %windir%\winsxs\ManifestCache\* /GRANT administrators:F
Del /q %windir%\winsxs\ManifestCache\*

and this took out my Control Panel [hahaha wow]

so I did a System Restore and got my control panel back.

then I toyed w/the idea of deleting previous restore points and saving the most recent one.
Then I wondered about unchecking the Archiving and Indexing boxes for that : winsxs folder.

And then I found this site when I was pondering about CCleaner, and heard some experts here denouncing it w/admirable opinions based on experience.
So I think that I have found the right people to give a clear answer on this problem.
Thanks for your time and expertise... I bow down to you all.

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09 Aug 2013   #2

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's

Read THIS.
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09 Aug 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

The apparent size of the winsxs folder is deceptive. As mentioned in the article linked to above, the system is using hard links. Hard links are a feature that allows a single copy of a file to appear in multiple folders. This saves considerable disk space but it does make determination of disk usage more difficult. However the disk usage of hard links is reported it will give misleading results for some purposes.

You will find various articles on the Internet suggesting ways to reduce the storage requirements of the winsxs folder but this is not recommended. This will lead to serious and difficult to resolve issues.
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10 Aug 2013   #4
Angelo Dinoto

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
there-in is the conundrum

on the one hand a solution is offered as in the one above :"Read This"
and then in the same breath another opinion is to NOT do it.

HELP MR. WIZARD..........!!!

Is there no clear answer to this popular problem?
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10 Aug 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

If you touch winsxs, you will brick your system. So leave it alone.

winsxs, which is not really a folder but a kind of directory, grows each time you install a new program. It is the repository for e.g. .dlls that come with programs. But those are not deleted when you uninstall the program. That is in the nature of .dlls which are 'common' subroutines and can be used by any process in the system. And the uninstaller just does not know which processes may use them since they were installed.

The only way to reduce winsxs is to reinstall the system and to refrain from installing programs. The winsxs for a fresh installation will be around 5GB. But a winsxs of 15GB is not unusual - I would call it slightly above average. Mine is 10GB.
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11 Aug 2013   #6
Angelo Dinoto

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Ok that sounds clear enough.
So those folks are using the dism administrator command prompt; what are they ending up with?
They proclaim that they have decreased their load by so many GB but have they lost functionality of certain programs?
Thanks for your response.
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 17GB in winsxs folder help to reduce please

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