Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: WinSXS folder - 6GB - does this look right

31 Jan 2016   #1
JayNYC

W7 64 Ult
 
 
WinSXS folder - 6GB - does this look right

Hi--
I know there have been many prior threads on the WinSXS folder. On my 32-bit Win7 machine, I just completed running Disk Cleanup in Administrative mode after installing KB2852386 (the update for Disk Cleanup). This is what my folder currently looks like running WinDirStat just now:

Is it possible to remove some of these files and regain disk space or is this 6GB WinSxs folder as small as it can get?



Thanks for any guidance.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
31 Jan 2016   #2
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Only 6 GB? Mine is somewhat larger than that.

But actually things are not as they appear. The NTFS file system has long had the capability for a single file to appear in more than one folder. That is the situation here. While the folder appears to contain 6 GB of files a large number of these are actually stored elsewhere and counted twice. Even if you could delete all of the files in WinSXS you would not save 6 GB.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jan 2016   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Mine is 15GB. With 6GB you are well served - but it will grow. Each time you download and install a program, you will get entries (.dlls) in winsxs. But when you uninstall that program, the entries will not go away.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

Reply

 WinSXS folder - 6GB - does this look right




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
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 then I entered suggested command...
General Discussion
Can't Delete Old Updates (winsxs Folder)
Hello, I used to be able to access an option in the Disk Cleanup tool (cleanmgr.exe) to delete old Updates files. Now, the tool merely scans for updates but does not display the appropriate checkbox. My winsxs folder is growing out of control. Installing a couple of recent updates (like 1GB of...
Windows Updates & Activation
10+GB winsxs folder cleanup?
So 10 gb seems kind of alot - and i havent actually kept my pc up to date (dont wanna think what it will end up if i install all the updates). It is SP1 the dism command line approach (dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded /hidesp) didnt even make a dent - it run, reports nothing found and...
Performance & Maintenance
Moving the winsxs folder
I have a system that I set up with two drives; a main SSD and a standard HDD. I used Sysprep to move Users and ProgramData to the larger, slower HDD to preserve the SSD. I realized that most of the writing to the SSD now occurs in the Windows folder, specifically the winSXS folder. Is there...
General Discussion
winsxs folder
can it be deleted without damage to the system , i ask this as it has took up 11gb of space in my hard drive , thanks
General Discussion
PCSync and WinSxS folder security
Hello, I am having a a problem with Windows 7 64 bits. I am trying to install a software (PCSync for my cell phone Motorizr Z8) but everytime i try to install it, the next error message is being shown: Product: Motorola PcSync -- Error 1303.The installer has insufficient privileges to access...
Software


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 00:42.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App