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Windows 2008 Standard - Low Disk space - Winsxs

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Hello,

I'm dealing with a Windows 2008 Standard server (64-bit) SP2 which is down to 1.5GB on the C: drive.  

There's not much I can clean up on C:.  The disk space is pretty much being consumed by the folder C:\Windows\winsxs which is now 16.75GB.

Action Taken:
•Based on my investigation, deleting the contents of this folder is not an option.
•I've tried to use the following link: https://support.appliedi.net/kb/a110/how-to-enable-the-disk-cleanup-tool-on-windows-server-2008-r2.aspx.  However the only options I receive are to clean up the following folders, which does not recover any more than 20MB: Downloaded Program Files | Temporary Internet Files | Offline Webpages | Recycle Bin | Thumbnails.

Of course I've very concerned that disk space is going to get filled up with unpleasant consequences.  

What are the alternate options at my disposal to clear this folder up?  

Thanks,

Real-TIme
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by:Joshua Hopkins
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You need to clean up that folder.  cleanmgr is great for the basic day to day stuff but will not to anything to the Winsxs folder.  As long as you have the service pack(s) installed you can run:  
DISM /online /Cleanup-Image /SpSuperseded

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This command was designed to help with this very issue.
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There isn't much you can do about the WinSXS folder on that OS. If it were Windows 2008 r2, then the cleanup wizard would be able to cleanup old Windowsupdates, but anything prior to that is isn't possible.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Can you be more specific?  How large is the c: drive to begin with.
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Only partition is c?
If you had another you could move the swap file to it.
How much ram?
Windows managed swap file does 1.5 temp file if self managed.
IE,if you have 8gb ram ,it will create a 12 gb swap.
You can create a static swap file of 4 gb or less and be good for another 8gb of disk.
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by:Gerald Connolly
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Have you used something like windirstat (run as system) to check what is consuming your disk space? NB you need to run it as system to make sure it can see everything!
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Yup.  Not much I could do.  Microsoft indicated the same.  

Thanks.
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