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Ghosthunter
11-15-11, 10:26 PM
http://www.iishacks.com/2011/06/23/reduce-windows-7-winsxs-folder-size/


So I found this thread explaining a bit about c:\windows\winsxs and I ran the command there, but still it is 8 GB this folder.

Can I just out right delete this folder?

ViN86
11-15-11, 11:00 PM
Interesting, trying it now. The article says not to delete it. Probably contains some necessary update files for rollbacks when you install new updates.

EDIT: Freed up 2GB on mine

frenchy2k1
11-16-11, 05:59 PM
depending if you just want to free space on the main drive (SSD?), you could use programs like the steam mover or other that use NTFS nodes (same as linking under unix).

This allows you to move the folder elsewhere while keeping the link to it correct.
http://www.traynier.com/software/steammover

Redeemed
11-16-11, 06:13 PM
It just removes the backup files for SP1 it looks like. There's a GUI based tool from Microsoft that will do the same thing. Actually, after the install of SP1 running "cleanup" from the start menu should list the SP1 backup files. Usually near a gig if not more.

I tried running the command line tool from the OP and it didn't find any files to remove. :lol:

AthlonXP1800
11-17-11, 07:58 AM
Holy crap my Winsxs folder size is now 20.1GB, tried the command prompt but didnt find any files to removed. Already removed Windows 7 SP1 installation files after installed SP1 earlier this year.

Hogrider
11-17-11, 08:21 AM
Holy crap. Mine was 25.4gb before I tried this. After running the command it said no service pack backup files were found. The operation completed successfully. I then looked at the winsxs folder again and now it is 6.83gb :eek:

AthlonXP1800
11-17-11, 09:16 AM
Holy crap. Mine was 25.4gb before I tried this. After running the command it said no service pack backup files were found. The operation completed successfully. I then looked at the winsxs folder again and now it is 6.83gb :eek:

Hmmm that strange, I looked at my winsxs folder again now have 6.67GB after done the command prompt tool I thought hadnt removed anything but it actually did!

Now happy. (nana2)

Hogrider
11-17-11, 10:28 PM
I just ran format c: in a cmd window with administrator rights and now I have 640gb free on a 640gb drive! (nana2)

Problem is now Windows won't start up for some reason and I have to post from my phone :thumbdwn:

AthlonXP1800
11-18-11, 05:36 AM
I just ran format c: in a cmd window with administrator rights and now I have 640gb free on a 640gb drive! (nana2)

Problem is now Windows won't start up for some reason and I have to post from my phone :thumbdwn:

:wtf: WHY?

When you formatted c: in cmd then do you realised you just wiped cleaned your hard drive?

Guess you will need a tool like Paragon Partition Manager that can recover deleted partition. Happened to me once years ago when I formatted hard drive and realised I didnt backed up pictures and panicked the hard drive was wiped out. Partition Manager saved my day as it scanned and found partition table then found and backed up the pictures. :)

Hogrider
11-18-11, 05:44 AM
I was kidding...

;)

Redeemed
11-18-11, 09:59 AM
:lol:

ViN86
11-19-11, 04:45 PM
:rofl

This thread has been awesified.

Rakeesh
11-19-11, 06:24 PM
:wtf: WHY?

When you formatted c: in cmd then do you realised you just wiped cleaned your hard drive?

Guess you will need a tool like Paragon Partition Manager that can recover deleted partition. Happened to me once years ago when I formatted hard drive and realised I didnt backed up pictures and panicked the hard drive was wiped out. Partition Manager saved my day as it scanned and found partition table then found and backed up the pictures. :)

Windows won't even allow you to format c:, the format tool will complain about it being the system partition.

Bman212121
11-19-11, 10:45 PM
There was a time where you could rule with an iron fist.... :p


I'm not so sure that I would just go through that folder deleting things on a whim, but if you do want to remove service pack backup files you can just run the desktop cleanup wizard.

mullet
11-21-11, 03:09 PM
I installed Win7 pro 64 SP1 and my winsxs folder is 6GB.