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    Cleaning up WinSxS Folder in Windows 8.1

    WinSxS folder stays in the Windows partition and it keeps on growing up. It can occupy a huge space in your drive without your knowledge. Even if you perform a regular Disk Cleanup this folder can still stay longer inside. Cleaning WinSxS will also help you to boost your hard drive performance. Just run Disk Defragmentation after wiping out the content and you will find your system working more better. WinSxS consist of certain component that are used by Windows Component Store. These are files that required for customization or for updating windows.

    There are various functions which are recorded in this to keep your system updated. Records are maintain when you enable or disable some features or when you define roles on sever manager. It also record error report of system recovery from system crash or boot failure. Now here you can not only gain some space but also you can reduce the size. Because it will keep on growing till you are using Windows. And this can land upto some GB's.

    I am going to give you some really helpful tips by which you can reduce the folder size and boot your system output. Remember one thing do not manually delete the files or WinSXS folder. Do not move the file. Because it can cause permanent system loss. Regular cleaning will keep the size of this folder limited. It is recommended to clean this atleast once in a month.

    Steps to Clean WinSxS

    • The first thing you have to do is find evaluate the size of this folder. In this way you can find how much space it takes. If it is small you can skip cleaning, but if it is not then you have to use my method.

    • To analyze the size run cmd with admin privileges. And in that type Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore and hit enter. You will get a optimum size here.

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    Re: Cleaning up WinSxS Folder in Windows 8.1

    Cleaning by Task Scheduler: Here we will use a automated task to clean WinSxS on regularly basis. Once this task is created you will not need to run it. You can just leave it and it will work.

    • For that Hold Start + R key from keyboard to launch Run box. In that type Taskschd.msc.
    • From the left click on Task Scheduler.
    • Go to Servicing. The full location for that is Task Scheduler Library> Microsoft > Windows > Servicing.
    • Now choose StartComponentCleanup task. And then click on Run. The process will start. It will take a bit time to finish.


    Using StartComponentCleanup and Dism to clean WinSxS Folder : This method is application for Windows 8.1. If you are unable to find Disk.exe then you have to use the above method.

    • Launch cmd in admin mode. For that right click on that and choose run ad administrator.
    • Type Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup and hit enter.
    • The process will take a bit time to start. Let it get finished first. The process can take few moment to complete finally.


    Using StartComponentCleanup and ResetBase with Dism.exe for cleaning WinSxS : This method will wipe out all the outdated version of components which are stored in WinSxS. Also remember that after that you cannot remove the Service pack of updates which are installed in your system.

    • Run cmd in admin mode. Check the above process.
    • Type Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase and hit enter.
    • The process will take a few minutes to complete depending on the size of WinSxS. Wait back until it is properly completed.


    Using SPSuperseded with Dism.exe to clean WinSxS : This is helpful to clean up the space used by Service Pack. It also remove the backup components which can be needed in future for removing or uninstalling the Service Pack.

    • Run cmd in admin account.
    • Type Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /SPSuperseded and hit enter.
    • The process will take bit time because this time it is cleaning more thing. So let it get finished.


    Using Disk Cleanup to clean WinSxS : This is a another effective method for those who will face problem with the cmd.

    • It is ideal for removing outdated windows updates from the system. It is a slow method but effective.
    • Lunch Disk Cleanup.
    • The utility will scan your system for pending files.
    • From the Disk Cleanup Window tick things you want to remove.
    • And then click on Clean.

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