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Reduce Winsxs Folder

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  • How can I Reduce Winsxs Folder Size in windows server 2008 R2
    Or at least Change it to another Drive?

    Thanks & regards
    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 6:14 AM

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  • Hi,

     

    I recommend that you have a read of the following blog.

     

    What is the WINSXS directory in Windows 2008 and Windows 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

     

    By the way, we always recommend that you assign more disk space for system drive, following is the disk space requirement for Windows Server 2008 R2.

     

    Disk Space Requirements

     

    Minimum: 32 GB or greater

     

    Foundation: 10 GB or greater

     

    Note: Computers with more than 16 GB of RAM will require more disk space for paging, hibernation, and dump files

     

    Windows Server 2008 R2 System Requirements

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/system-requirements.aspx

     

    In addition, you can move the winsxs folder to another drive and then use mklink to make a link to it, however, you may encounter some unexpected issue, and it is not supported by Microsoft. For more information, you can refer to:

     

    How to move the WinSxS directory in Vista

    http://aspoc.net/archives/2007/12/05/how-to-move-the-winsxs-directory-in-vista/

     

    Important Note: This response contains a reference to a third party World Wide Web site. Microsoft is providing this information as a convenience to you. Microsoft does not control these sites and has not tested any software or information found on these sites; therefore, Microsoft cannot make any representations regarding the quality, safety, or suitability of any software or information found there. There are inherent dangers in the use of any software found on the Internet, and Microsoft cautions you to make sure that you completely understand the risk before retrieving any software from the Internet.

     

     

    Best Regards,

    Vincent Hu

     

    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 9:53 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

     

    I recommend that you have a read of the following blog.

     

    What is the WINSXS directory in Windows 2008 and Windows 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

     

    By the way, we always recommend that you assign more disk space for system drive, following is the disk space requirement for Windows Server 2008 R2.

     

    Disk Space Requirements

     

    Minimum: 32 GB or greater

     

    Foundation: 10 GB or greater

     

    Note: Computers with more than 16 GB of RAM will require more disk space for paging, hibernation, and dump files

     

    Windows Server 2008 R2 System Requirements

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/system-requirements.aspx

     

    In addition, you can move the winsxs folder to another drive and then use mklink to make a link to it, however, you may encounter some unexpected issue, and it is not supported by Microsoft. For more information, you can refer to:

     

    How to move the WinSxS directory in Vista

    http://aspoc.net/archives/2007/12/05/how-to-move-the-winsxs-directory-in-vista/

     

    Important Note: This response contains a reference to a third party World Wide Web site. Microsoft is providing this information as a convenience to you. Microsoft does not control these sites and has not tested any software or information found on these sites; therefore, Microsoft cannot make any representations regarding the quality, safety, or suitability of any software or information found there. There are inherent dangers in the use of any software found on the Internet, and Microsoft cautions you to make sure that you completely understand the risk before retrieving any software from the Internet.

     

     

    Best Regards,

    Vincent Hu

     

    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 9:53 AM
  • Thanks alot Vincent

    I Read what u suggest me to Read..

    But again my C: Drive is Full and we need to have some space so we should change the above folder to the D: Drive

    Note That we Have windows 2008 R2 Not al Vista OS.

    Thanks & Regards
    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 10:06 AM
  • Hi,

     

    Yes, I noticed that method is for Windows Vista, however, you can use the method on Windows Server 2008 too.

    Note: You may encounter some unexpected issue after you move the winsxs folder.

     

    As I mentioned in my last reply, remove the winsxs folder to another drive is not recommended and not supported by Microsoft, you may consider extend the system drive instead of moving the winsxs folder.

     

    Best Regards,

    Vincent Hu

     

    Wednesday, December 23, 2009 7:16 AM
  • Thanks alot Vincent

    Ok I'll follow your advice..
    So could you please inform me how can i Extend a Hard disk drive to other Hard Partition ? at windows 2008 server?
    Wednesday, December 23, 2009 7:47 AM
  • Hi,

     

    You can refer to:

     

    Extend System/Boot Volume on Windows Server 2008/ Windows Vista/Win7 Beta

    http://blogs.technet.com/mghazai/archive/2009/02/24/extend-system-boot-volume-on-windows-server-2008-windows-vista-win7-beta.aspx

     

    If you can’t get it use the above method, you may consider use a third-party tools.

     

    Extend System Partition Server 2008 with Built-in Disk Management Tool

    http://www.partition-tool.com/resource/extend-system-partition-server-2008.htm

     

    Important Note: This response contains a reference to a third party World Wide Web site. Microsoft is providing this information as a convenience to you. Microsoft does not control these sites and has not tested any software or information found on these sites; therefore, Microsoft cannot make any representations regarding the quality, safety, or suitability of any software or information found there. There are inherent dangers in the use of any software found on the Internet, and Microsoft cautions you to make sure that you completely understand the risk before retrieving any software from the Internet.

     

     

    Best Regards,

    Vincent Hu

     

    Wednesday, December 23, 2009 8:04 AM