We have today been looking at reducing the size of the WinSxS folder on our test server. The server is Windows 2008 R2 SP1. We have used the command 'Dism /online /Clean-Image /SpSuperseded'. This worked well and reduced the size by several Gigabytes. However, my question is this, the machine is a 64bit Intel Virtual Server so can the amd64 Binaries/Hard Links in the WinSxS folder be deleted with out causing any harm. I assume people will say that it is unsafe or unwise to delete anything from within WinSXS but I cannot see why the AMD files would be needed.
Any thoughts or advise greatly appreciated.