Why does the /winsxs folder grow so large, and can it be made smaller?
My machine has been running Vista Ultimate 64-Bit for about two years now. ServicePacks SP1 and SP2 are installed, too.
The system partition has a size of 55 GB, which should be quite comfortable under normal circumstances, but about 40GB (no typo) are used by the Windows-Folder, especially the subfolder winsxs, which takes about 35 GB.
I have already uninstalled as many programs as possible and did run compcln.exe, to reduce it, but this only gained 2-3 GB.
What can I do to clean up without risking system stability?
I'm a software developer and this is my daily work environment, which means
– I can't risk to get strange side-effects from blindly deleting stuff.
– You can maybe deduce some typical usage patterns from this information.