Lately, I’ve been combing through my drive and uninstalling old bits like VS.NET 2005. I’ve been using WinDirStat which is a great tool for performing such a task and it got me wondering how other people’s drives looked. There are a few things of note in this picture (click to enlarge) and one of those is the size of my winsxs (11.8GB!) and Installer (4.1GB!) folders. I’ve Googled on these and without spending a tremendous amount of time it appears there’s not much you can do to shrink these things which is rather disappointing.
Clearly, I haven’t marked every region of this image though I’ve highlighted what I think are the more interesting parts. I’d like to know if others have winsxs folders that are this large and if anything can be done to shrink it down. It seems to me that it would eventually force a reinstall of the OS and surely seems like a place bits go to die.
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