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Windows 7: 10+GB winsxs folder cleanup?

27 Oct 2013   #11
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With 4Gb or more of RAM, a pagefile of 1GB is ample. And get rid of the hiberfile which is completely useless if you do not use hibernation (which in itself is pretty useless).

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27 Oct 2013   #12

1. Windows 7 Home Premium sp1 - 64bit 2. Windows 7 Pro sp1 - 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I understand the space problem on small SSDs because I am running 5 systems with 60GB SSDs. For Windows I never needed more disk space and in fact most of my SSDs are half empty. Only 1 system from where I run 3 virtual partitions (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint and Linux Zorin) has a 128GB SSD.

Mucking around with winsxs is a bad idea. It is a sure way to bring your system down. And a winsxs of 10GB is quite normal - mine are at least that size. Instead, I suggest to get rid of the hiberfile. The command is

powercfg -h off.

You can also reduce the pagefile to 1 or 2GBs. With 8GB of RAM that would save you 14GB on the SSD and even with 4GB of RAM you still save at least 6GB of space.
Thanks for the tip on the hiberfile, another 3.7 GB cleaned up. It's not so much as I'm worried about space on the C: drive it's the backup drive that I enjoy saving space on.
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