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Move Winsxs folder to another drive

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I have a windows 2008 R2 foundation file server that has a large winsxs folder.
The Server disk drive has been partitioned into Drive C and D with drive C being the system drive which contains the winsxs folder.
Can I move the winsxs folder to the D drive as an alternative to shrinking the folder ? Obviously other configuration changes would be required so that the system used the winsxs folder on the D drive ?
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by:valmatic
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It holds more than just windows updates so if you move it you are asking for major problems!
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by:rindi
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First install the Desktop Themes Feature, and after that run a disk cleanup using the Cleanup wizard. It should show Windows Update Cleanup as one of the options, If it doesn't show, make sure the OS is fully patched (also check the Optional Updates). After that it should become available in the cleanup wizard. That should be able to reduce the size of the winsxs folder.
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by:Dan McFadden
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by:Radhakrishnan R
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Hi,

As per MS, the component store cannot reside on a volume other than the system volume because of the NTFS hard links. If you try to move the component store, this will result in the inability to correctly install Windows updates, service packs, roles, or features. Additionally, we do not recommend that you manually remove or delete files from the component store.

You can perform the cleanup as rindi suggested above. Aslo, have a look at this link for correct procedures http://www.howtogeek.com/174705/how-to-reduce-the-size-of-your-winsxs-folder-on-windows-7-or-8/

PS - The above link applicable for server 2008 R2 as well.
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by:alcindor
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Is the Desktop themes feature necessary ? I say this because there is less that 1 GB of space left on the system volume and installing anything might kill the system ?
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by:Dan McFadden
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Here\s a link with a batch file that will manually copy the "cleanmgr.exe" required files into the System32 directory.

link:  http://www.null-byte.org/development/missing-disk-cleanup-utility-in-windows-server-fix/

Dan
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by:rindi
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The Themes feature is required because it adds the cleanup feature.

If you need more space now, delete the contents of C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Downloads, which contains the already downloaded Windows updates. As these can easily be downloaded again with windows updates, they aren't required, and if you haven't done anything with that folder for a long time, you can often gain gigabytes that way.
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Is the Desktop themes feature necessary ?
No it's not, you can just copy the Disk Cleanup tool files from the below directories to enable the good ol' Disk Cleanup tool that we were used to in 2003. These are files that are actually already on your system and get copied over to the system32 directory when you enable the Desktop Experience feature.

C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_c9392808773cd7da\cleanmgr.exe
C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_en-us_b9cb6194b257cc63\cleanmgr.exe.mui

Copy cleanmgr.exe from the above directory to %systemroot%\system32
Copy cleanmgr.exe.mui from the above directory to %systemroot%\system32\en-us

You should then be able to launch the Disk Cleanup tool by typing in cleanmgr.exe in a Command Prompt.
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by:alcindor
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Thanks to all, I will wait until tomorrow when a full backup has been completed before attempting VB_ITS's suggestions and will report back.
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by:Seth Simmons
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