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Having space issue on the C: drive is it possible to move the C:\windows\installer folder to G: drive and make link to this folder. I thought by using this command mklink /G installer G:\installer.  But I am getting messages that mklink is not recognised command.
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mklink is not included in Windows Server 2003 so it probably isn.t in SBS2003 either.
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mklink applies to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista.
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Similar functionality in earlier versins was provided by NTFS junction points. I think the Resource Kit may contain tools for managing these.
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On W2k3, you can use Sysinternal's junction.exe (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896768.aspx):
junction.exe "C:\Windows\Installer" "G:\Installer"
You need to delete the "Installer" folder before you run the command, junction will then recreate it as a link, so make sure you've copied everything over before starting with this.
Make sure you have a working backup before doing this, I have no idea whether this is a supported scenario.
linkd.exe (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9D467A69-57FF-4AE7-96EE-B18C4790CFFD&displaylang=en) should do the trick as well, but I found junction easier to handle.
How to create and manipulate NTFS junction points
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/205524
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You cannot delete or move/link the \Windows\Installer folder

It is not a supported setup, and may even completely break your OS, requiring a reinstall.

The command MsiZap G may cleanup some files from \Windows\Installer. It didn't help my setup, but some users have recovered gigabytes of disk space with that command.

Note that you can delete %windir%\installer\$patchcache$. This may cause you to get source prompts for binary delta patches as well as during patch uninstall, but is otherwise okay.

You must not delete any files directly under %windir%\installer, though. This will prevent you from repairing, patching, or even uninstalling products that use those files no matter what the type.
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