Winsxs folder? Can or should I delete?


  1. Posts : 171
    Win 7 dual boot with win 10
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    Winsxs folder? Can or should I delete?


    This folder is taking up a lot of room and I am wondering if it is safe to delete the contents of it - winsxs?
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  2. Posts : 588
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
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    netrate said:
    This folder is taking up a lot of room and I am wondering if it is safe to delete the contents of it - winsxs?
    Absolutely not! That is your Windows Component Store and deleting it will break Windows.

    You can however reduce its size by cleaning it up.

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    Windows 10 Pro x64 [Latest Release Preview]
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    Also the size shown for the Component Store is confusing, a lot of entries displayed are systemic links and report the size of the linked file, and are actually just a few bytes in reality
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    7 X64
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    netrate said:
    This folder is taking up a lot of room and I am wondering if it is safe to delete the contents of it - winsxs?
    There is a function in dism++ which does it. It uses the win10 cbs engine and seems to be somewhat similar to the component store cleanup ( or whatever it is called in win10 )

    https://github.com/Chuyu-Team/Dism-M...0.1.1002.1.zip

    I have used it with no ill effects but similar to the win10 thing you wont then be able to uninstall any previous updates.

    Winsxs folder?  Can or should I delete?-dism-cleanup1a.jpg

    Winsxs folder?  Can or should I delete?-dism-cleanup2a.jpg

    after scan can optionally click on each item and see what has been found under the details pane

    Winsxs folder?  Can or should I delete?-dism-cleanup2b.jpg
    Last edited by SIW2; 06 Feb 2023 at 12:01.
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