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Thread: Need help to reduce the size of winsxs folder in windows 2008 R2

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    Need help to reduce the size of winsxs folder in windows 2008 R2

    Can anyone tell me a way to reduce the size of C:\Windows\winsxs folder in Windows 2008 R2. similarly like we used to do it in DISM /online /Cleanup-Image /SpSuperseded. I looked for some solutions online on the internet but cannot find any information about it. So, if anyone knows a method then please tell me about it. Thanks

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    Re: Need help to reduce the size of winsxs folder in windows 2008 R2

    You can try to reduce the set of possible actions that your system can take and it is the only safe method that you can use to reduce the size of the WinSxS folder. Just try to remove the packages that install the components first. You can try to uninstall the superseded versions of the packages that are on your system. Service Pack 1 has 1 binary called VSP1CLN.EXE which is a tool that can make the Service Pack package permanent on your computer. More information can be found here - http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/a...-so-large.aspx

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    Re: Need help to reduce the size of winsxs folder in windows 2008 R2

    I have also found one more option to permanently remove the binaries for components that are not and never in use. You can find all the information related to it from this Server Core blog website - http://blogs.technet.com/server_core...footprint.aspx. You can try to follow this method which will be helpful also.

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    You can manually try to delete some folders from WinSXS but you need to be careful for not deleting folders that are related to som Windows functionality. Anyways, you need to first try to open Command Prompt in admin mode and then go to this folder C:\Windows\Winsxs and then run this command Net stop trustedinstaller. After this service stops then only try to put the below commands:
    Takeown /f %windir%\winsxs\ManifestCache\*

    You will now get some free disk space in your system.

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