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So I was testing my edited windows on a virtual machine, and I gave it 10GB of hard drive space. Well next thing I new it, it was full. I dug around and I found it was the winsxs folder in the windows folder. The folder is almost 6GB's!! I dont know why its so big, its never happened before to me. Any suggestions?

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I've found that using vLite to strip out all languages but the actual one you're going to use reduces the SXS folder size to a more manageable ~1.8GB after x64 install (not sure about x86). I've actually got everything installed on this box (including VS 2008) and I'm only at ~4.5GB, which is smaller than a base x64 OS without stripping languages was (about 6GB after install).

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I've found that using vLite to strip out all languages but the actual one you're going to use reduces the SXS folder size to a more manageable ~1.8GB after x64 install (not sure about x86). I've actually got everything installed on this box (including VS 2008) and I'm only at ~4.5GB, which is smaller than a base x64 OS without stripping languages was (about 6GB after install).

I can verify this. I was running out of HD space on some older machines that I put Vista on and stripping the languages works wonders.

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I've found that using vLite to strip out all languages but the actual one you're going to use reduces the SXS folder size to a more manageable ~1.8GB after x64 install (not sure about x86). I've actually got everything installed on this box (including VS 2008) and I'm only at ~4.5GB, which is smaller than a base x64 OS without stripping languages was (about 6GB after install).

I can verify this. I was running out of HD space on some older machines that I put Vista on and stripping the languages works wonders.

Is there an easy way to strip out those languages post install? I mean really, this is an absurd way of keeping backups. No wonder Vista is so hated by everybody I know. That folder alone is taking up more space than the total room required by ALL software I ever used plus Windows XP x64.

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