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I don't know if the windows\winsxs folder has the title for biggest cuckoo in the operating system but I had some ideas about how to housekeep it, generated out of desparation.

Microsoft say don't touch it. The problem is I'm on a modestly sized SSD and I need to free up some space.

Questions:

1. Is Microsoft's doctrine right?
2. If I'm running on an Intel processor why can't I delete the AMD file sets?
3. Can I tell the Registry to put winsxs on another disk where I have room?

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edhasted--These references say YES to question 1.
http://blogs.technet.com/b/joscon/archive/2010/08/06/should-you-delete-files-in-the-winsxs-directory-and-what-s-the-deal-with-vss.aspx

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-files/winsxs-folder-can-i-delete-it/1657114f-dd75-e011-8dfc-68b599b31bf5?msgId=2e4bd680-3776-e011-8dfc-68b599b31bf5

And the second reference says NO to Question 3.

Maybe those answers explain the "Why not" to question 2.  (There are many, many .amd files.  Some are driver files.  I assume you mean those in C:\Windows\winsxs.)
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I would not recommend to move winsxs folder but below link have some instructions to increase the space on drive C

http://www.xdude.com/ssd-hard-drive-windows-7-winsxs/
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Thanks, very interesting, an still digesting what they are saying. I am not going to implement a solution rashly but want to understand the issues.

But what I still don't comprehend is that if I am using an Intel processor why can't I zap the AMD related files in winsxs, or vice-versa.

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edhasted--This should answer the AMD question
http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/152592-winsxs-files.html
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So the naming convention is misleading but the issue isn't don't try and play cute with winXsx :-(
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