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    Fuzz-666 Guest

    Default Can I delete WinSxS folder?

    its taken up 12 gigs on my harddrive, how do i safely remove it without
    hurting the system or make it smaller.




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    Wandering Guest

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    You DON'T it is a vital part of Vista.

    Best to just leave Vista alone. For most inexperienced folks, and your
    question clearly labels you that, there is no simple way to determine what
    is needed and what is not. The SXS folder is where all the system and
    program drivers are located.

    It would be easier to move your documents to a second disk drive to get
    room. Disks are awfully cheap these days. You can get 500 GB for about $80,
    and forget about running out of space.

    Good luck.
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    dmex Guest

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    Fuzz-666;861176 Wrote:
    > its taken up 12 gigs on my harddrive, how do i safely remove it without
    > hurting the system or make it smaller.


    Hi Fuzz,

    I quote Microsoft:
    All of the components in the operating system are found in the WinSxS
    folder – Each component has a unique name that includes the version,
    language, and processor architecture that it was built for. The WinSxS
    folder is the only location that the component is found on the system,
    all other instances of the files that you see on the system are
    “projected” by 'hard linking' from the component store. --- Let me
    repeat that last point –- there is only one instance (or copy) of each
    file in the OS and that instance is located in the WinSxS folder. So
    looked at from that perspective, the WinSxS folder is really the entire
    whole Windows OS in one location.

    Vista/XP can store old DLLs and other OS library components in the
    WinSxS (Windows Side by Side) folder. If an application relies on an old
    DLL but a newer version is part of the operating system, Vista/XP will
    spot this and divert DLL calls as appropriate to the old version while
    leaving the new version in place for other software.


    Changing or deleteing files in this location is I must personally say
    pure stupidity! ...WinSXS contains every dll and system file from
    Windows 95 to Windows 2008 Server, This is done so every application can
    be used on every new version of Windows...*So, if you have lot of
    application installed, that folder may be large.*

    If you where to delete, rename or modify files in the WinSXS folder I
    can 100% guanantee, your system will become unstable or unusable

    A 500GB Harddrive is only $100 these days, the size of the WinSXS
    folder is actually very miniture considering its only going to use 12GB


    Checkout this Post from the Windows Core Team
    'Ask the Core Team : What is the WINSXS directory in Windows 2008 and
    Windows Vista and why is it so large?'
    (http://blogs.technet.com/askcore/arc...-so-large.aspx)

    Steven


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    DDW Guest

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    On Tue, 14 Oct 2008 19:31:24 -0500, Fuzz-666 <guest@unknown-email.com>
    wrote:

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    >its taken up 12 gigs on my harddrive, how do i safely remove it without
    >hurting the system or make it smaller.


    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/winsxs-folder-windows-7-8

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    Fuzz-666 Guest

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    i had no plans on changing it unless it was a safe fix, 12gigs is
    massive but if theres no way to safely make it smaller or change it in
    anyway it looks like it gets to keep the space, thank you for your input
    a google check kept saying DDL or DLL hell fix but i wasnt sure if it
    could be made smaller.


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    Xenomorph Guest

    Default Re: WinSxS

    Yeah man, I need help deleting this darn C:\WINDOWS folder. It's taking up a
    TON of space, and I can't afford a hard drive made after 2001.


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    There's no way to really reduce its size safely; best to leave it alone!

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    Xenomorph Guest

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    Yeah man, I need help deleting this darn C:\WINDOWS folder. It's taking up a
    TON of space, and I can't afford a hard drive made after 2001.


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    > its taken up 12 gigs on my harddrive, how do i safely remove it without
    > hurting the system or make it smaller.
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    Xenomorph Guest

    Default Re: WinSxS

    Yeah man, I need help deleting this darn C:\WINDOWS folder. It's taking up a
    TON of space, and I can't afford a hard drive made after 2001.


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    > its taken up 12 gigs on my harddrive, how do i safely remove it without
    > hurting the system or make it smaller.
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    Xenomorph Guest

    Default Re: WinSxS

    Yeah man, I need help deleting this darn C:\WINDOWS folder. It's taking up a
    TON of space, and I can't afford a hard drive made after 2001.


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    > its taken up 12 gigs on my harddrive, how do i safely remove it without
    > hurting the system or make it smaller.
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