Microsoft, are you serious?
April 19, 2014 at 12: Gome7777 said on August 9, 2012 at 11: Check the image below. It is highly advised to create a system backup before running WinsxsLite, considering that the software makes irreversible changes to the Windows system partition that can only be undone by a backup. So obviously you cannot delete this directory or move it elsewhere. Or delete restore points.
The thing is that there is no Uninstall-WindowsFeature cmdlet in Windows 10 and 8. Running this command, will analyze the WinSxS folder and tell you whether a Component Store Cleanup is recommended or not. So, after removing a Windows package using DISM only the component specified in the command will be removed and all dependent packages will remain in the system.
In fact it failed to process 24000 files because it aborted due to the Access Denied failure. Bad idea.
Clean Up and Compress in Windows 10 and 8. Mainly for curiosity reasons, I installed some additional system languages using Win7 Ultimate trial.
Sometimes one needs to be patient for the comments to appear. The fact that we make it tricky for you to know how much space is actually consumed in a directory is definitely a fair point!
And although there is already written so much about this subject, I like to add something to that.
Matthew Brand said on April 14, 2011 at 3: So, it will still seem like there's, say, 16 different versions of a particular file, but in reality, there's only one data object pointed to by 16 directory entries. Scooxisanidiot said on July 14, 2011 at 6: It is never suggested that you use a third-party tool to cleanup your WinSxS file, since faulty deleting the whole folder or some files in the folder might end up breaking your computer, making it impossible to boot or update.
How to address disk space issues that are caused by a large Windows component store WinSxS directory. If you have changed the file location before, choose the correct file directory accordingly.
The only way to safely reduce the size of the WinSxS folder is to reduce the set of possible actions that the system can take — the easiest way to do that is to remove the packages that installed the components in the first place.