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Windows 7: Best for uninstalling

01 Feb 2014   #11
bigseb

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Check the size of your winsxs folder once.
Currently at 8Gb. Would a system restore be helpful?


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01 Feb 2014   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigseb View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Check the size of your winsxs folder once.
Currently at 8Gb. Would a system restore be helpful?
Not really unless you restore to a point before any programs were installed. But the default size out of the box is already 5GBs+. So there is not much to be gained.

There is a good reason why .dlls cannot be uninstalled. .dlls (dynamic link libraries) are common subroutines that any program can use. And if you uninstall program A, the system does not know whether Programs B and C that were installed later than A have not linked to those .dlls of program A and are using them.
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01 Feb 2014   #13
Callender

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigseb View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Check the size of your winsxs folder once.
Currently at 8Gb. Would a system restore be helpful?
Hi,

What I do to reduce the size of the WINSXS folder is outlined here:

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WHS is correct so I've removed the links. Like an idiot I forgot to clarify that there are some issues in some cases and for users who haven't backed up there could be problems!
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01 Feb 2014   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Do not touch winsxs - regardless what other people are saying. You will get yourself into deep yogurt.
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02 Feb 2014   #15
bigseb

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 

Is this problem specific to Windows? Maybe I'm wrong but I always understand that in Linux uninstalled means completely uninstalled...
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02 Feb 2014   #16
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The issue is inherent with all complex applications in all operating systems. It is really an application problem, not OS.
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