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Windows 7: winsxs folder huge

28 Jun 2016   #1
duggadan

Victoria
 
 
winsxs folder huge

hey so iv been trying to free up some space on my lap top. one thing i cant work out is the winsxs folder, iv tryed disk clean tool dont worrie, the folder is almost 14gb witch is very larg. iv look all over the web to try solve it but with no luck, do any of you know how i could try fix thisn ?


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28 Jun 2016   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Winsxs is best left alone.

14 GB is not outlandish. Mine is nearly 12 and I have a tidy system.

I'd look elsewhere to free up space. Adjusting the page file; adjusting the space devoted to System Restore; eliminating hibernation; uninstalling unused programs, etc.
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28 Jun 2016   #3
duggadan

Victoria
 
 

alright sweet thanks man ! ill give those a try as well ! hey also my log folder is almost 10gb can i just delete this ?
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28 Jun 2016   #4
ignatzatsonic

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What "log folder"? What's the exact path to it?

If you mean C:\Windows\logs, mine is only 61 MB--less than 1 percent the size of yours.

You might benefit from downloading and running CCleaner.

When you ran Disc Cleanup, did you check the box that asks you if you want to include System Files? Do that, if you haven't.

You could also try Tree Size Free from here:

TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs

It will tell you what folders and files are using up your space.
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28 Jun 2016   #5
duggadan

Victoria
 
 

I’ve done the disk clean system files before as well.
I’m looking at the cbs folder in the log folder
And I’m using a program like tree size already


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28 Jun 2016   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Not sure what that installer folder is---I don't have one.

Regarding the CBS folder, it's clearly out of control.

You can look at the following link and Google as well.

large size CBS.log files creating, was never before
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28 Jun 2016   #7
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Not sure what that installer folder is---I don't have one.
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Seems odd that you don't have that hidden folder:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/...ler-directory/

Maybe you use a lot of portable apps :-)
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29 Jun 2016   #8
Urthboundmisfit

Win 10 Pro x64, Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Not sure what that installer folder is---I don't have one.
Yes you do, it is a hidden protected operating system file.
You need to uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" in Control Panel>> Folder Options to view it/them.
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29 Jun 2016   #9
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

RE: WINSXS. As others have said - best to leave it alone. There is a way to save a little space:

Winsxs Folder
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30 Jun 2016   #10
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Urthboundmisfit View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Not sure what that installer folder is---I don't have one.
Yes you do, it is a hidden protected operating system file.
You need to uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" in Control Panel>> Folder Options to view it/them.
I don't see that Installer folder on a fresh install W7pro64bit SP1 (Virtual Machine).

winsxs folder huge-install.png

Most (all?) of the files that I see in there on this work laptop (the host to the Virtual Machine shown above) are related to Install Shield.



As an aside, I often look for file info in the Details tab of a file's Properties. For the first file that I encountered in the Installer folder, I found no useful details:

winsxs folder huge-install2.png



The next thing that I often do is send the file to notepad to see if I can glean any info from readable text in the file:

winsxs folder huge-install3.png


I've never seen a pattern like that :-)
It repeats as one scrolls horizontally.
Word wrap was off and font was set to Lucida Console, Regular, 8.


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