Winsxs Seven large size: someone deleted it ?

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  1. blacknight

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    Winsxs folder in Seven large size: someone deleted it ?

    Ok, after a long search I know " all " about winsxs, his always growing and hateful size, his function etc etc. but I wonder: someone tried to delete it ? Which consequences ? Conflicts, system instability, security or application issues ? Nothing of this ?
     
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    Re: Winsxs folder in Seven large size: someone deleted it ?

    Never tried that - like never tried to delete 'Windows' folder also.
     
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    http://www.winvistaclub.com/f16.html

    well,

    i guess the best way to find out is to delete the darn thing and see what happens! :p

    but make sure you got a disk image first to go back to.
    i'll give it a try and see how it goes.

    i wouldn't mind getting rid of 5 GB of disk space if it' s not useful...
     
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    wow! :eek:

    there's way too much crap to delete and Windows keeps throwing warnings when i try to delete stuff.

    i guess i'll just boot into Linux and delete the content of the whole folder from Linux.
    Linux won't mind if i delete a whole bunch of Windows system folders and files. lol :p

    give me half an hour or so...
     
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    right....

    i booted into a Linux live disk and deleted the content of the WinSxS folder from within Linux...

    anyway,
    deleting the content of the WinSxS folder is a very bad idea, at least on Win 8.1 lol :ninja:

    it bricks the machine completely.
    after a couple of forced reboot the Win 8.1 Repair and Diagnostic tool comes up but nothing short of restoring an image will do.
    which is what i did.

    oh well, at least i tried. lol :p
     
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    Yes, you found out the hard way. I would have warned you if I had seen this sooner. Never delete anything from that folder.
     
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    well,
    it was only about 4 minutes to restore a disk image with IFL.
    so i really don't mind bricking my machine. lol :)

    the lure of maybe getting rid of 5 GB of disk space was just too good to pass up.

    oh well. ;)
     
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    4 minutes is great. It takes me about an hour and a half to restore an image. :(
     
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    wow!

    you must have a whole bunch of programs installed...
     
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    Thank you ! :thumb: I have disk image naturally, but I hoped :D that someone already tried it in the past.
     
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    This was my hope and my aim.
     
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    Well, I tried to delete, in Windows Installer Folder, all the installer files. I'll see. I tried to uninstall some my programs, and the uninstall process works.
     
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    in Windows 8, you can run the Disk Cleanup tool in Admin mode and select to clean up the Windows Updates.
     
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    I know, but I have Seven. Anyway, deleting the installer file in these folder, True Image Acronis is damaged, I can't repair neither uninstall it. I have to restore the disk image with the TIA dvd, and give up to slim Seven :( . All my thankfulness to Microsoft, that make winsxs folder in Seven so large size :mad:
     
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    mine is pretty large too, about 5.1 GB.

    i'll keep an eye on it to see if this grows larger over times...
     
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    it has been 1 or 2 Windows Updates since i checked the WinSxS folder.

    it is still at 5.07 GB for the moment.
    I am using Win 8.1, so i don't know if this problem has been fixed in Win 8/8.1

    if it indeed has been fixed in this new version of Windows, so much the better...


    i'll keep and eye from time to time on that folder and report if i see any changes.
     
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