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Windows 7: Winsxs

29 Aug 2010   #1
Xisuma

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Winsxs

Ive been searching the net and this forum, and as far as i can tell, if your winsxs folder gets really big in Windows 7 your stuffed. There is no way to clean or reduce the size of it? Can anyone confirm this? or provide a solution to help me reduce the size of it, thanks


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29 Aug 2010   #2
Xisuma

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I also have the same problem with the installer folder
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30 Aug 2010   #3
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

The size it is, is fake. It really is not as big as you told it is. Nor deleting it would recover any of the space.
http://www.winvistaclub.com/f16.html
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30 Aug 2010   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I posted on this very issue a while back and as you can see from my link...it's misleading
WinSXS Folder not actually consuming lots of space

I recently had a discussion on this topic and I tried to explain it more on page 3. Here is the link to that;
Windows Folder Size 24gb
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31 Aug 2010   #5
Xisuma

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for the answer. One thing is i ran out of disk space at one point and couldn't fit anything else on it. I'm amusing this means there was space but due to explorer reading it wrong it stopped me?
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31 Aug 2010   #6
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Xisuma View Post
Thanks for the answer. One thing is i ran out of disk space at one point and couldn't fit anything else on it. I'm amusing this means there was space but due to explorer reading it wrong it stopped me?
No, incorrect.

Explorer displays it wrong when you right click on the folder and look at the properties to see how much space it is consuming. It's not so much that it's wrong..but rather it's giving you a sum total of all of the hard links to the actual files...when those files do not actually reside in that folder...but rather spread around the C:\windows directory. That is why deleting that folder would do no good...as the files "really are not there".


Explorer displays it right when you look at My Computer to see how much space is physically free on your hard drive. If you ran out of space, that means you ran out of space with files in all of the other folders on your hard drive.

The problem lies when people see their C drive getting smaller and then run tools which detail all of the folders and which ones are taking space. They see C:\windows\winsxs and freak out because it seems so large. But in reality, it's nothing more than hard links to the rest of the C:\windows directory. But when these tools add it up....it's the same as the first instance above where explorer is displaying it wrong when you check the properties of the folder.
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31 Aug 2010   #7
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

+1 for pparks1's post - you may also want to read this.
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01 Sep 2010   #8
Xisuma

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

+1, does that mean there is a way to give people rep like on other forums?
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