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What is WINSXS for?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mm, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. mm

    mm Flightless Bird

    I found a WINSXS folder in my winxp home Windows folder. It has lots
    of subfolders though they are not very big.

    Everything I've found so far ties winsxs to Vista, but this isn't
    Vista.

    The latest folder has 3 .dll's is from 3 days ago, and before that
    there are about 30 from 5 scattered dates in 2009. They all have
    various numbers of .dll's in them.

    What is this for?

    Should I/can I delete all this stuff?

    If I delete too much of it, will the system recreate the essential
    parts? :)

    Can I at least delete it from the clone I want to make for the new
    computer?
     
  2. mm

    mm Flightless Bird

    I found some more links that explain it, so still interested but I
    guess I can't delete it. :)



    On Sat, 28 Aug 2010 15:25:05 -0400, mm <NOPSAMmm2005@bigfoot.com>
    wrote:

    >I found a WINSXS folder in my winxp home Windows folder. It has lots
    >of subfolders though they are not very big.
    >
    >Everything I've found so far ties winsxs to Vista, but this isn't
    >Vista.
    >
    >The latest folder has 3 .dll's is from 3 days ago, and before that
    >there are about 30 from 5 scattered dates in 2009. They all have
    >various numbers of .dll's in them.
    >
    >What is this for?
    >
    >Should I/can I delete all this stuff?
    >
    >If I delete too much of it, will the system recreate the essential
    >parts? :)
    >
    >Can I at least delete it from the clone I want to make for the new
    >computer?
    >
    >
     
  3. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    mm wrote:
    > I found a WINSXS folder in my winxp home Windows folder. It has lots
    > of subfolders though they are not very big.
    >
    > Everything I've found so far ties winsxs to Vista, but this isn't
    > Vista.
    >
    > The latest folder has 3 .dll's is from 3 days ago, and before that
    > there are about 30 from 5 scattered dates in 2009. They all have
    > various numbers of .dll's in them.
    >
    > What is this for?
    >
    > Should I/can I delete all this stuff?
    >
    > If I delete too much of it, will the system recreate the essential
    > parts? :)
    >
    > Can I at least delete it from the clone I want to make for the new
    > computer?


    See:

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...xp"+-vista+winsxs&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

    I don't think you should delete this!
     
  4. mm

    mm Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 28 Aug 2010 17:55:48 -0400, "Daave" <daave@example.com> wrote:

    >mm wrote:
    >> I found a WINSXS folder in my winxp home Windows folder. It has lots
    >> of subfolders though they are not very big.
    >>
    >> Everything I've found so far ties winsxs to Vista, but this isn't
    >> Vista.
    >>
    >> The latest folder has 3 .dll's is from 3 days ago, and before that
    >> there are about 30 from 5 scattered dates in 2009. They all have
    >> various numbers of .dll's in them.
    >>
    >> What is this for?
    >>
    >> Should I/can I delete all this stuff?
    >>
    >> If I delete too much of it, will the system recreate the essential
    >> parts? :)
    >>
    >> Can I at least delete it from the clone I want to make for the new
    >> computer?

    >
    >See:
    >
    >http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...xp"+-vista+winsxs&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=
    >
    >I don't think you should delete this!


    Okay. I am chastened.

    Thanks.
    >
     
  5. Tester

    Tester Flightless Bird

    Let me give you one trick you should always try:

    1) If you want to delete any folders from your system, then the best
    thing to do isto follow a two way process:
    a) First always rename those folders to something else: e.g. WINSXS
    BECOMES WINSXS_OLD;

    b) Keep those folders renamed for about a week to see if you experience
    any problems with the system

    c) After about one week, if you saw no adverse effect to the system then
    you know that those folders are completely useless and can safely be
    deleted.

    As far as I know, WINSXS plays no part in modern computers and operating
    systems unless you have computers of pentium 4 or before. I don't have
    these folders on my system.

    Hope this helps.


    On 28/08/2010 20:25, mm wrote:
    > I found a WINSXS folder in my winxp home Windows folder. It has lots
    > of subfolders though they are not very big.
    >
    > Everything I've found so far ties winsxs to Vista, but this isn't
    > Vista.
    >
    > The latest folder has 3 .dll's is from 3 days ago, and before that
    > there are about 30 from 5 scattered dates in 2009. They all have
    > various numbers of .dll's in them.
    >
    > What is this for?
    >
    > Should I/can I delete all this stuff?
    >
    > If I delete too much of it, will the system recreate the essential
    > parts? :)
    >
    > Can I at least delete it from the clone I want to make for the new
    > computer?
    >
    >
     
  6. mm

    mm Flightless Bird

    On Sun, 29 Aug 2010 02:56:11 +0100, Tester <testing@msnews.com> wrote:

    >Let me give you one trick you should always try:
    >
    >1) If you want to delete any folders from your system, then the best
    >thing to do isto follow a two way process:
    >a) First always rename those folders to something else: e.g. WINSXS
    >BECOMES WINSXS_OLD;
    >
    >b) Keep those folders renamed for about a week to see if you experience
    >any problems with the system
    >
    >c) After about one week, if you saw no adverse effect to the system then
    >you know that those folders are completely useless and can safely be
    >deleted.
    >
    >As far as I know, WINSXS plays no part in modern computers and operating
    >systems unless you have computers of pentium 4 or before. I don't have
    >these folders on my system.
    >
    >Hope this helps.


    Yes, good ideas. Thanks.
    >
    >
    >On 28/08/2010 20:25, mm wrote:
    >> I found a WINSXS folder in my winxp home Windows folder. It has lots
    >> of subfolders though they are not very big.
    >>
    >> Everything I've found so far ties winsxs to Vista, but this isn't
    >> Vista.
    >>
    >> The latest folder has 3 .dll's is from 3 days ago, and before that
    >> there are about 30 from 5 scattered dates in 2009. They all have
    >> various numbers of .dll's in them.
    >>
    >> What is this for?
    >>
    >> Should I/can I delete all this stuff?
    >>
    >> If I delete too much of it, will the system recreate the essential
    >> parts? :)
    >>
    >> Can I at least delete it from the clone I want to make for the new
    >> computer?
    >>
    >>
     

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