This is similar in Windows for the component store, we leave those past updates there in the event of rollback. IndexOutOfRangeException: Index was outside the bounds of the array. From an elevated command prompt, type the following: Dism. Best wishes, --Ed--I never bother copying files to another drive personally as I always make regular image backups. When those files and directories dont exist, bad things can and will happen. It appears to be an integral part of the servicing stack — at least in the sense that other tools call down to it or it is called indirectly. This is designed to correctly and safely remove your insaller files.
It was only today that I had my first issue. If you remove files from there, next time you try to repair, modify or uninstall an application you will be asked to provide its Windows Installer package, which you will probably not have anymore, or which could be quite difficult to extract from the original installation media or setup files. It would also create an administrative nightmare as you'd have to manipulate it each time and application or update was installed. Under those circumstances some things may end up needing to see a fresh install anyways. The first copies the orphaned files to a backup folder and the other directly removes all the orphaned files. Besides, that does not address the problem of backup size. It started off with some icons turning generic, and then more and more over the past couple of days.
So msizap will remove many but not all orphaned files and folders in the Installer folder. I also don't see an option that refers to Installer. Thats all the bugs fixed now. When I pulled it out of quarantine it was again flagged as a virus. First, download the tool from the link above. Now all I see when looking there is an empty folder without having any effect on the programs that saw subs there.
If newer software could be run with win 98 I would go back to it. It ran, deleted 1 file, kicked a few errors other sources say the errors are fine and will still cleanup what it can. Also, I note some msi's exist for installed programs, but a Change option isn't offered. Let me tell you how i really feel about locale specific date formatting; it sucks! Of course backing up with tool is safer. I just finished running this app, msizap. Microsoft didn't make it particularly intuitive in Windows Server 2008 to see the Windows version. Advice found sugests searching registry for each individual entry to establish which are orphans and deleting those, with well over a hundred such items called, for example, 38fd0.
Over time as your computer is patched and patched again, these installer files become outdated and orphaned. If not, you could delete the msi. Am I just obsessing over nothing here? Thank goodness i had plenty of ram! Anything that is in the folder but not on the windows provided list is considered an orphaned file and is tagged to be moved or deleted. And yes, sadly thats me barely beating a dog in a marathon. That way, if anything does in fact go wrong, you can restore your system from the backup. Most of the files in that folder is real files and only one copy of them is hardlinked to the system32 folder. It tends to happen more when you touch things like the kernel files and less when you mess with things like games, mostly because of how often the files are being used in my opinion.
If you have software disks or downloaded programs that can be reinstalled again those items you can simply pick those out and toss them since none of these are required to the program installed run. You must run this from the command prompt, dos. Give it a try, as in my experience, it does not cause any of the issues that the Installer cleanup tool creates. Does anyone have a permanent solution for this. I expected that it should be the latest one we installing updates and later update means more fixes, right? Usage of arbitrary Unicode characters is not supported. I see a lot of people have had success with this program. Read: Do you use another tool? Undoubtedly one of the best Windows installer folder cleanup tools.
I'll be digging in more deeply and writing about this for my Windows Admin toolbox series soon, I believe! Instead of implying that users are installing useless software, win developers should address the space wasting issues in windows. Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 automatically reduce the size of the WinSxS folder by using methods similar to the ones described in this topic, in addition to internal processes, such as uninstalling and deleting packages with components that have been replaced by other components with newer versions. Unfortunately, this has the side effect of the folder contents growing in size each time any update is installed. I do consulting, I produce and teach my own courses, I lecture and I present, and my formal work title is senior workplace architect at Coligo in Stockholm, Sweden. Who or what has used dates incorrectly? If you have crashes when attempting the move action it will be related to file system permissions. The download you talk about is no longer available. Select the drive to be cleaned.
Doesn't eat disk space over time and actively deletes older superseded components 3. Launch the command prompt with admin priviledges. I'm trying to figure out if I can delete the whole lot without killing my system, but from the discussion I get the impression it just fills up again. In Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, you have a number of ways to start the cleanup of the component store, which use a combination of package deletion and component compression to clean up the WinSxS folder: Task Scheduler The StartComponentCleanup task was created in Windows 8 to regularly clean up components automatically when the system is not in use. Still no luck : Posted on technet and got some silly responses. You don't know what everyone's unique situations are. However on a well maintained computer you may not have all that many orphaned files and msizap can only recover a small amount of drive space.
So I looked at the. More resources Don't forget to create a backup of your data whenever you can. Here is the Patch Cleaner thing over 1 year the comment is so i give up the comment an up!!! You can use Service Pack version numbers to help with this kind of stuff to an extent. After a while, you proceed to corroborate the space that you just released on your hard drive. Error enumerating Products key for S-1-5-21-598190838-2299067166-971484642-1000 user.
Delete one the other disappears. Wish i was smart enought to figure this out. Run it, scan the relevant drive and then manually delete any of the larger folders or files that can be deleted applying the necessary caution. HomeDev cannot warrant that PatchCleaner will not find a false positive and delete a required patch which is why we have added the filter feature to filter and recommend using the move function, that way you can always copy the patches back if required. After this, most of my files have lost their icon? After a short while it shows you a list of all the files it can clean for you. Keeping in mind that msizap removes orphaned files and folders and will not delete any valid application uninstall folders I still wanted to see how much if any drive space could be freed up. Saved me tonnes of space! These exclusion filters are able to altered by you.