Driver Store-File Repository using huge disk space. How can I reduce it?

I use one printer, one mouse, one extra screen  and one camera and my iphone only on my laptop and there is 17Gb of space used for drivers? I see there have been other questions about this here. But no answers.

thnx, kim

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Hi Kim,

The driver store is a trusted location of inbox and third-party driver packages. Before a driver can be installed, it must first be injected into the driver store which is located under C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository. If you're having issues with the File Repository taking up a large space, you can try running the disk cleanup tool to free up some space on your PC as an initial workaround. Refer to this link to know how to run the disk cleanup tool.

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Thanks for your reply :-)

I posted the question after I ran the disk clean up tool.

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Thank you for your reply. If it's still taking up space on your device after running disk cleanup tool, let's try another workaround. Try doing the steps provided by ValReilly on this thread and see if the amount of space used up will be reduced.

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Thank you for your reply. If it's still taking up space on your device after running disk cleanup tool, let's try another workaround. Try doing the steps provided by ValReilly on this thread and see if the amount of space used up will be reduced.

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Hi Anne

Thanks for that thread....but it is recommending I delete everything folder

C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository

That can't be right. Surely the drivers I need are in there too

There are 739 files in that folder. How do I work out the ones I don't need?

Kind regards, Kim

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Thank you for the update. Try deleting the unneeded drivers by following the steps below:

  1. On the search bar, type command prompt, right-click on it from the list then run it as Administrator.
  2. Type the command pnputil.exe /e > c:\drivers.txt then click Enter.
  3. This command will create a file drivers.txt on C: drive with the list of driver packages that are stored in the File Repository folder.
  4. Delete all unnecessary drivers with the help of command pnputil.exe /d oemNN.inf (NN — is a number of drivers file package from drivers.txt, as example oem07.inf). In case the driver is in use, you will see an error while trying delete it.

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Thank you for the update. Try deleting the unneeded drivers by following the steps below:

  1. On the search bar, type command prompt, right-click on it from the list then run it as Administrator.
  2. Type the command pnputil.exe /e > c:\drivers.txt then click Enter.
  3. This command will create a file drivers.txt on C: drive with the list of driver packages that are stored in the File Repository folder.
  4. Delete all unnecessary drivers with the help of command pnputil.exe /d oemNN.inf (NN — is a number of drivers file package from drivers.txt, as example oem07.inf). In case the driver is in use, you will see an error while trying delete it.

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Hi

Is it possible... that there will be drivers that are not inuse when I perform this action - that I may actually need?

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There may be some drivers that are not in use when you perform this action that you may be needing later on, so we advise that you review the list of the drivers carefully and make sure that you will not really need it in the near future.

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HI

This is not helpful.

As I said there are 739 files

They are not labeled in a way that i could identify them in any way, your suggested fix is impractical.

And if I had taken your first advice with out question I would have deleted drivers I need and cause myself more problems

SO the question is why does windows 10 hang on to out of date drives that chew up 17.5 GB of my storage??

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Sorry for the delayed  response. If the above solutions will not work and is not applicable, let's try another workaround. We've found a thread from our Microsoft TechNet Forum with the same concern. Check this link and see if the steps provided will work for you as well. You can also post on our TechNet forum directly to get further assistance from our IT Professionals.

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Hi

The solution suggested was totally impractical. "delete some of the 700 odd drivers but be careful not to delete drivers that may need to be used"

There is no way to identify which drivers I need and which ones I do not.

I really am not happy that Windows does not provide an easy solution for this. I have 17GB of space used by mostly useless drivers.

regards, Kim

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