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What does the C:\WINDOWS\assembly Folder Do?

I was exploring my WINDOWS folder and I noticed the assembly folder. I opened it and it doesn't show files like a normal folder. I was wondering what, exactly this folder is for. Also, I noticed that there are 2 "Accessibility" items and many other "sort of" duplicates in the folder. I was wondering if I could delete the duplicates that have a lower version. For example, one Accessibility item version is 1.0.5000.0 and the other is 2.0.0.0. Should I uninstall the item with 1.0.5000.0? Or would it not even affect my computer at all?
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gopal_krishnaCommented:
The Assembly Cache Viewer is a Windows shell extension that allows you to view and manipulate the contents of the global assembly cache using Windows Explorer. For more information please fo through the link mentioned below:

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/34149zk3(vs.80).aspx

Hope this information helps

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Gopal Krishna K

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gopal_krishnaCommented:
Do not install any of the files or folders in this folders since this all are the system files and its important that you live all the files which are by default. if you uninstall the files it might damage some of the options in the OS and also it might damage or corrupt the OS.

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Gopal krishna K
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gopal_krishnaCommented:
Uninstall Sorry typo error..

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Gopal Krishna K
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orangutangAuthor Commented:
But what about the duplicate items with older versions?
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gopal_krishnaCommented:
You can live as it is since when you install the software it would have had just default version on every service packs there would be some updates which needs to get updated automatically even the version but if that does not happen then it just creates the a seperate files. You can uninstall the previous version. But if the supporting file still uses both the files it might malfunction. However this files does not take much space on your computer. so i would suggest that you can leave has it is.

Cheers
Gopal Krishna K
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orangutangAuthor Commented:
Well, HD space isn't really a concern with me but system speed and stability is at the top of my list.
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gopal_krishnaCommented:
Well, this is not going to affect the speed of the computer. The best practice for system speed is that you clear all the temp files every week and also do the disk cleanup which will clear all the unnecessary files from your machine. get all the latest windows updated and services packs. Secondly you need to update the virus updation regularly and run the system for virus scan and make sure your system is free from virus. avoid the freewares and try and buy softwares installations on which half of the issues on your computers get solved.

Good luck

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Gopal krishna K
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orangutangAuthor Commented:
Yeah, I'm a "tweakomanic". I know all of those ways to keep a computer running smoothly but I'm trying to figure out the not so well known methods that could affect system speed by quite a lot, as well.
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gopal_krishnaCommented:
I dont think so that is going to affect your system in any ways, even though take a try and delete the file which you are pointing so. before that have a system restore point created. if any issue happens then you can always restore back to previous

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Gopal Krishna K
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orangutangAuthor Commented:
I never fully understood how the system restore worked because every time I had a problem, and tried to restore to another point, it never worked.
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orangutangAuthor Commented:
Okay, well, never mind. I can't even uninstall any of them. Well, thanks anyway.
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