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    Can I remove C:\Windows\winsxs

    I really wana free up those 20,000+ files and gain 4gig of hard drive space.

    I only use my computer for internet (wireless) and printing...nothing else...please explain about that folder and if i can delete or not

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    Re: Can I remove C:\Windows\winsxs

    Hi Mike,

    Welcome to the forum.

    DO NOT DELETE THIS FOLDER.

    The winsxs (Windows Side-by-Side) folder is a system folder. It would not be a good thing to delete this folder.

    You can read more on the folder here:

    http://blog.tiensivu.com/aaron/archives/1306-Demystifying-the-WinSxS-directory-in-Windows-XP,-Vista-and-Server-20032008.html


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    Re: Can I remove C:\Windows\winsxs

    Hmm, yes i've seen that article also. I've been studying this topic for awhile now though. It seems to only affect framework. I do not use framework in any way.

    The only things i do on my computer are internet browsing and printing.

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    Re: Can I remove C:\Windows\winsxs

    Mike,

    This folder holds alot of the .DLL files that Vista needs to operate. Deleting it would be pointless anyway. Vista will just recreate the winsxs folder with the default contents.

    Have you tried all the other means to free up space on the hard drive?
    1. Disk Cleanup: How to Use Disk Cleanup in Vista
    2. CCleaner is a great program for cleaning up temp junk. http://ccleaner.com/
    2. Uninstall programs that you do not use.
    3. etc.....

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    Re: Can I remove C:\Windows\winsxs

    4 GIG is not alot of space. Deleteing system directories is not a good idea if you are not sure what they do just to free space.

    To clean the harddrive using the built in cleaner,

    Click on my computer.
    Right click on the C: drive (or whatever drive your system is on)
    Click on the Disk Clean up Button.
    The rest is straight forward.

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    Re: Can I remove C:\Windows\winsxs

    General rule of thumb, If its in

    C:\Program files
    or
    C:\Windows

    it is typically not a good idea to just randomly delete things.

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    Re: Can I remove C:\Windows\winsxs

    Quote Originally Posted by Simba49 View Post
    Hmm, yes i've seen that article also. I've been studying this topic for awhile now though. It seems to only affect framework. I do not use framework in any way.

    The only things i do on my computer are internet browsing and printing.
    Sorry to ask, but why do you have Vista Ultimate then.. lol?

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    Re: Can I remove C:\Windows\winsxs

    Quote Originally Posted by Simba49 View Post
    Hmm, yes i've seen that article also. I've been studying this topic for awhile now though. It seems to only affect framework. I do not use framework in any way.

    The only things i do on my computer are internet browsing and printing.
    If i remember correctly, a lot of programs use the frame work. Such as internet explorer 7.0

    also if you have Vista Ultimate, and you don't like all the neat effects, why didnt you just buy Vista Home Basic? or go back to Windows ME?

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    Re: Can I remove C:\Windows\winsxs

    I never said i didnt like the effects or anything, i only stated what i used it for. I have deleted the folder and nothing has happened except give me space (not that i need it).

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    Re: Can I remove C:\Windows\winsxs

    actually, my WinSXS is taking up a lot of space, it's taking 9GB!!! The more updates I throw at the system, the more this thing will expand. Is there a way to size this behemoth down or delete it?

    I want my space back!

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