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Old 01-08-2019, 11:54 AM   #1
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Angry What the F*** is all this ???

I was searching my hard drives to see if I have a 1984 movie in my collection named Wild Life and no I don't;

but the search results found a little video file called Wild Life HD.

So I open the folder it's in and then scroll up to the bigger folder that folder is in and it put me into this large folder.



What the F*** is all this?

Look how many files there are and how much room in my Drive C they are taking up!!

13 GB is a lot of hard drive space!!

Can I delete them?

I did a disk cleanup and it only deleted about 300 MB and none of them are from this folder.

I even followed the instructions here and disk cleanup did not find any Windows Update files to show me to remove.

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http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/clean-winsxs-folder-to-save-space
According to the above article those files are needed for Windows Update and each time Windows Update is ran, more files are added to that folder.

But Windows Update only need to the newest files out of that folder according to that article and Disk Cleanup is supposed to be able to single out all the older files in that folder that Windows Update no longer needs to use to do the next Update.

Well, Disk Clean up didn't find anything in that folder that could be deleted.

There is no bloody way Windows need all those files, all 68,231 of them, just to run the next Windows Update which by the way I have changed to MANUAL years ago because there were reports some of those Windows KB updates were EXE programs taking over PCs constantly showing pop up messages on the screen telling their users to update to Windows 10 and if you didn't, after a few attempts to get you to update, they will lock the PC user out of the OS and install Windows 10 without the permission..

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Old 01-08-2019, 03:53 PM   #2
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That should be mostly old/unused components.

There is an option to clean those up somewhere.

This may help:

http://www.howtogeek.com/174705/how...indows-7-or-8/
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I don't have those windows update cleanup to check or uncheck in my disk clean up.
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You shouldn't delete them, even though the vast majority are not needed, because some probably are necessary. This is a real pain where Windows is concerned. The OS is meant to deal with this automatically but doesn't do a very good job. The utility ccleaner is planning to add the ability to fix this, but it's not there yet:

http://forum.piriform.com/topic/526...in-sxs-folder/

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Can I delete them?
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I don't have those windows update cleanup to check or uncheck in my disk clean up.

Hmm, I don't either, wonder why not?

I've got a little over 8 gigs in that same folder. Not a world ending problem.

You always get disk wastage. Even way back in the days of XP you could find a huge pile of mostly surplus system shit in some folder or other.

Microsoft really doesn't care if you are missing a gig here and there if you have 2-4 terabytes of space.
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I only have 1 TB on internal Drive C with 60% free and 500 GB on internal Drive D with 400 GB free.

This fucking folder taking up 13 GB of my Drive C.

Everything else that is not OS or important programs is on external hard drives, 16 of them, mostly all 8TB now, connected to my PC with equal # of identical backups.
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Hmm, I don't either, wonder why not?
I was able to run disk clean up and get it to scan the files in the winsxs folder and when the scan was completed, it told me 5.4 GB of those files could be deleted.

I clicked okay and it deleted those files.

Reason why the files in the winsxs folder didn't come up in the disk clean up scan the first couple of times is because I had Windows Update disabled under services.msc.

That's just poor design!

If you don't have Windows Update on, it doesn't detect the folder which is clearly there.

Microsucks just want to make everything complicated - just like lawyers - always complicating things that are not supposed to be complicated.
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