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Files to Delete on  WINSXS Folder  Reduce Disk Size

Posted on 2014-11-19
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What files can be deleted from winSxS folder on windows server 2012 C:Drive to reduce disk size. WinSxS Folder is filling up disk space.

Need suggestions Please.

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by:McKnife
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These large sxs folders can be shrunk using the disk cleanup wizard. It features a button to clean system and you might reclaim several GBs. Manual cleaning is no option.
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by:Seth Simmons
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disk cleanup wizard is not there by default
you need to install desktop experience (under user interfaces and infrastructure feature) to have it available - though it may not help.  just ran on a test system and would only gain about 2mb

how big is the drive?
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by:ccfcfc
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The drive is 50GB and WInsxs is currently using 12GB.
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by:Seth Simmons
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only 50gb?  is it a vm?
one of my test machines has it at over 7gb so might be normal depending on what you have installed
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Cleanmgr can be installed on 2012 as part of desktop experience, correct. It can also be "installed" manually like shown here: https://support.appliedi.net/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/992/0/how-to-enable-the-disk-cleanup-tool-on-windows-server-2008-r2 (is for 2008 R2, but works the same for 2012).

Seth Simmons inspired me to look at its functionality and it's very reduced on 2012 as compared to win7/8.x or 2012 R2! While with those OS' we have the ability to remove unneeded update cache files, we haven't on 2012! Why that, MS?
So forget cleanmgr, MS screwed this up.
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