The Winsxs directory

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by IDLE, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. IDLE

    IDLE OSNN Senior Addict

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    i have been doing research on this directory on why it gets large. but in my research i have seen this directory get around 5 - 6 gigs in size. mine is almost 13 gigs. how can i found out which directory is hold all of this space? im trying pie charts but they cant display many thousand directories.
    any ideas?

    x64 ultimate from a clean install not an upgrade.
     
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    IDLE OSNN Senior Addict

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    great thanks.
     
  4. fitz

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    If you have SP1 installed, you can also run the VSP1CLN.exe command that came with Vista SP1 to remove the pre-SP1 files. It will prevent you from ever being able to remove SP1 later, but I'm assuming you won't mind that. It should free up a GB or two from the winsxs directory.
     
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    hey fitz, I haven't run VSP1CLN.exe but my disc is getting might tight, how much space did you save and how much time did it take?
     
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    I think i cleared up about 4GB - can't remember how long it took. I've heard some people only cleared about about 1-2GB and some that freed up 8-9GB so who knows..

    I'll probably be running it again shortly as I recently reloaded my Vista load but may not get to running it for another week or two as I'll be on vacation shortly.
     
  7. Dark Atheist

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    didnt clear anything for me - wonder if its because i use sp1 disc
     
  8. Perris Calderon

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    ya, the exe is only going to clear out backup files for uninstalling sp1
     
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    with the size of vista as it is theres bound to be more files somewhere for me to delete to get the free space back up :p
     
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    buy. a. new. disk

    1TB < £100 no excuse
     
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  12. IDLE

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    i ran a disk pie to determine where the large directories are located. the largest i found was a native lanuguage folders, but there was around 8 of them. pushing 250mb a piece. also found a directory that has MS videos which is 150mb. i tried to delete that and i could not. tells me access denied even though i am the admin.(admin user id) i tried to take owenership of he folder and even the files but will not apply. i will try out the EXE from the previous post and let you know how much gets removed.
     
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    just paste VSP1CLN.exe into your run box and hit enter

    it took both my laptops about 15 minutes
     
  15. IDLE

    IDLE OSNN Senior Addict

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    took me about 5 minutes and dropped about 3 gigs. now iam showing 10.3gigs in size.
     
  16. kcnychief

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    I feel compelled to add to this thread -

    I just did a re-install about two weeks ago, didn't really change anything for the most part, but my disk space was disappearing before my very eyes.

    I downloaded a tool to give me a breakdown of where everything was. I was at only about 4GB free space of 300 - but the program showed I was really only using around 96. I checked winsxs, not too much - maybe 6GB.

    I checked System Restore - after turning it off, which deleted all points, since I don't have any plans to use it anyway - I went from 3GB free to 199GB free. Holy ****!

    I know most people want to use it, but I recommend you check your settings and/or control how much space it uses. Maybe clear up some old restore points you may not need. I was about to buy a bigger drive but didn't understand why I needed to since I didn't have this problem before the re-install (had previously turned it off and forgot to do that again).
     
  17. Dark Atheist

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    first thing i turn off