free up disk space - WIndows server 2008 R2

Tools to clean up WIndows 2008 R2 C: drive.  Especially looking to clean up the c:\windows\winsxs folder without having to reboot the server.
GorapsI.T. ManagerAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Especially looking to clean up the c:\windows\winsxs folder

You basically cannot remove this folder. Run Disk Cleanup and select System files. Allow it to cleanup and see what you gain. You need Desktop Experience installed to run Disk Cleanup.

You may need to add a bigger disk if you are too tight for space
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dfkeCommented:
Hi,

you can follow Jinnish KG's procedures. it does involves a reboot though.

Read up here.

Cheers
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William FulksSystems Analyst & WebmasterCommented:
We use WinDirStat all the time to see what folders are taking up the most space. You can delete right from within the program or manually do it. Here's the link - https://windirstat.net/index.html
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dfkeCommented:
Hi,

Off course in theory you can delete any folder you want but please note that deleting winsxs by hand can cause BSOD's and make your system highly unstable. So I would prefer the Disk Cleanup utility.

Cheers
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Sam Simon NasserIT Support ProfessionalCommented:
either use free tools like

or use commercial software like AVG Tuneup (formly TuneUp Utilities)
https://www.avg.com/en-ww/tuneup-utilities
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Vikas BhatExperienced IT Infrastructure Services/operations ManagerCommented:
WU.jpgHello, Don't delete anything in the folder c:\windows\winsxs directly. Below trick will help you and you will be able to clear couple of gigs or more.

Search for Disk Cleanup, once you see it, hold SHIFT and right click to run as Administrator. Doing this will enable an option to clean Windows update files (normally hidden).
check the windows updates in the wizard for cleanup.
Note: reboot is required and based on updates to clean it can take 30 minutes or more :)
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Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist IVCommented:
You can also junction large folders to bigger drives to free up space
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistCommented:
Good afternoon,

You can install these two tools on the server to clean the unit, they are very good and I always recommend them, and you do not need to restart the server:

1- Glarys Utilities: https://www.glarysoft.com/

2- 360 total security is an antivirus powerhouse that has cleaning tools also: https://www.360totalsecurity.com/en/

You can also use the Windows space liberator and defragment the drive.

I remain attentive to your comments.

Regards..
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GorapsI.T. ManagerAuthor Commented:
There wasn't a "WIndows Update Cleanup"  even tho I ran disk cleaner as a Administrator.
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistCommented:
Hello,

Do you still have the same results, does the disc release space or not?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You have to install Desktop Experience
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GorapsI.T. ManagerAuthor Commented:
It did release space and I did install desktop experience.
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistCommented:
the results of the tests were the desired ones?
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GorapsI.T. ManagerAuthor Commented:
Depends... If it's not picking up on Windows update files then more space can be freed up
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