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Windows 7: Compress Windows folder?

07 Apr 2010   #1
cclloyd9785

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 
Compress Windows folder?

Can I compress the Windows folder or at least the Winsxs folder? Like right clicking, and under attributes> compress without any harm to the system?


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07 Apr 2010   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

No....and compressing the Winsxs folder is not smart. Pretty much everything in Winsxs is a hardlink. You alter those files you alter everything that links to those files. Also the size reported in folder properties is incorrect and inflated.
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07 Apr 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

winsxs is essentially a directory of (mainly) .dlls. And the real size of it is pretty small. What you see is the composite size of all the linked files. I would not mess with it.
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07 Apr 2010   #4
cclloyd9785

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

Ok, then is there any way to reduce the size of the Windows OS on my drive?
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07 Apr 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

For starters I would delete the hibernation file. Use this command in eleveted Command prompt: powercfg -h off . That will save you a few GBs. What are you trying to accomplish? You can uninstall programs you do not use or slipstream the whole installation disk. There are many ways.

Hibernate - Enable or Disable
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08 Apr 2010   #6
cclloyd9785

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

Well I cant do that, because I'm on a laptop, and use it because i only turn it off if i need to restart, otherwise i hibernate.
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08 Apr 2010   #7
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Then my only recommendation is get a bigger drive.
Using Windows Compression on anything on the drive (in my opinion) is a bad idea.

I have seen many corruption issues when trying to go back and uncompressing.
Especially when someone doesn't realize what they are doing and they don't have enough space to uncompress and the data blows up. literally, and you lose it.
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08 Apr 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cclloyd9785 View Post
Well I cant do that, because I'm on a laptop, and use it because i only turn it off if i need to restart, otherwise i hibernate.
You could use sleep mode instead.
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08 Apr 2010   #9
cclloyd9785

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

No, because I dont want it to drain my battery, even a little bit.
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09 Apr 2010   #10
Packet

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

check the size of your C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\
Download folder.
you can safely delete the contents of the Download folder.

They are the downloaded updates to be installed / that have been installed
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