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Reduce the Microsoft Windows 7 WinSxS Folder’s Size

You can reduce the Microsoft Windows 7 WinSxS folder’s size by about 3GB, on average. On my x64 system I went from 10.3 GB to 6.6GB. The process is extremely simple.

Enter the command prompt: Winkey+R > cmd.exe – make sure you’re using it with Administrator privileges. You may need to find cmd in the Start menu and right click > Run as Administrator).

Type dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded and hit enter.

And you’re done!

Note: this is only useful for Windows 7 users who installed the Service Pack updates themselves. If your system came with SP1 already installed, this won’t do anything.