How to clean the WinSxS folder in Windows 7 and 8

October 29th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in General, Science & Technology

WinSxS  folder resides in  Windows 7 and Windows 8 operiating system ,WinSxS folder is  in  C:\Windows or  your windows7 and windows8 operating system’s Windows folder. WinSxS folder  stores dll and component files.WinSxS also stores older versions of all dll and component files and as a result  grows and became  large. In addition to that, a lot of space is taken up by the backup folder of WinSxS, and gradually increases the size of the WinSxS folder after you install a Service Pack for Windows 7 as a result degrading the performance of your PC .

When you installs Windows7 or Windows8 operating system in your PC WinSxs keeps the core system files in it. Once you install Windows7 or Windows8  updates or any Windows7 or Windows8 service pack,WinSxs  increses in size as new core file  sotores in it along with old files.As these are core set of  system files  for Windows, so do not  try to delete anything yourself contained in the WinSxs folder. But you can save some space.

To do that follow the following steps :

Reduce the size of the backup folder

Go to run >>type cmd>>then type  dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded /hidesp

There is another way to permanently  remove the backup files :

Go to accessrios>>System Tools>>Disk Cleanup>>Check the Service Pack Backup Files

In Windows 8, using the  DISM command you can  remove packages that you no need or want.

The command is DISM.exe /Online /Disable-Feature /Featurename: /Remove

Now the question what features you can disable?

Running The  following command you will  see all the available features:

DISM.exe /Online /English /Get-Features /Format:Table

Now seeing the list of feature you can disable a feature u not need :

DISM.exe /Online /Disable-Feature /Featurename:SimpleTCP /Remove


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