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Q: What is this folder - - C:\Windows\winsxs?? This thread is locked from future replies

What is this folder C:\Windows\winsxs??

It is over 4GB..!!!

I donno if i should delete or have it..because my disk space is going low now..had 30GB drive for Win7 and now got only 2GB Free..


and the above folder has contents as backup and some wierd names..etc

Examples:

x86_microsoft-windows-naturallanguage6_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_9db12a5d8c0f6a9e
x86_microsoft-windows-s..chrecognizerenu.ale_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_en-us_ce081cc30a31a65b
x86_microsoft-windows-s..chrecognizereng.ale_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_en-gb_8785abd0727554a4

and a folder named Backup with contents,
x86_microsoft-windows-font-truetype-mingliub_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_c8f7fdc19988b363_mingliub.ttc_b8743970
x86_microsoft-windows-f..e-microsoftjhenghei_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_65170ea6416887a4_msjh.ttf_ea675e5c

and so on.....................

Is this a temp folder or something which downloads updates and saves here or is it creating any backup???

Answer

A:

If you delete winsxs your operating system (Windows 7) will no longer work. This article is also applicable to Windows 7:

What is the WINSXS directory in Win2008 and Vista and why is it so large?

http://blogs.technet.com/askcore/archive/2008/09/17/what-is-the-winsxs-directory-in-windows-2008-and-windows-vista-and-why-is-it-so-large.aspx

Here are some suggestions for freeing up disk space:

http://www.winvistaclub.com/t73.html

Or possibly you should buy a bigger hard drive.
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