Winsxs Cleanup Server 2008/2012/2016 SBS 2011

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This page is about how to cleanup Winsxs directory and free up hard disk space on Windows server 2008/2012/2016 sbs 2011.

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The windows server 2008 SBS and its latest versions i.e. 2012 and 2016 features an operating system with a WinSxS file to deal with the core functions of OS. The system files contained in the WinSxS are linked as per the default windows directory structure. These files in the windows directory can be further linked from different locations. Gradually, the WinSxS folder starts to consume more and more space in the system partition and ou c-drives becomes full .

Winsxs Cleanup Windows Server

Well, here I present different ways for cleaning the winsxs folder that may help in extending the c-drive space. Note that it is not recommended to delete the WinSxS folder itself, and don’t ever think about doing it manually. Deleting so may crash the operating system and case BSOD error. However, the best method to alleviate more space into the c-drive is to shrink the WinSxS.

Winsxs Cleanup for 2008/2012/2016 SBS 2003/2008/2011

Make sure you are using the server 2008 R2 or newer. If you are using Server 2008/2011/2012/2016, then try downloading the latest Disk Cleanup Wizard. You can download it from here. The disk cleanup wizard may already be installed in the Server 2011 and newer versions.

Follow the steps to start the WinSxS Cleanup Wizard

Fist, add the Desktop Experience Feature to the server

For this, go to the Server Momager and click on “Add Features”

Select the Desktop Experience Feature and install it.

Then search for the Disk Cleanup utility in the System Tools

Click on the Disk Cleanup Utility and select the WinSxS drive

Run the Disk Cleanup and re-scan the drive by selecting “Select System Files”

After the rescan, you will see the two options Windows Update Cleanup and Serve Pack Backup Files.

Clean these files and the Disk Cleanup will safely remove the WinSxS files from the computer

Note that after cleaning the WinSxS using the Disk Cleanup, you will not be able to turn back to an older server version or remove updates causing certain hindrances from the system. Moreover, this method also includes a risk of data loss. To combat these problems, try using a third-party software to resize partition Windows server 2008.

Third-party Disk Management Software: IM-Magic Partition Resizer Server Edition

Why should you use a third-party disk management software? Well, the answer to this question is because these dedicate software provides high-grade data security and are easier to use – IM-Magic Partition Resizer being one of them.

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Resize partitions with IM-Magic Partition ResizerResize partitions with IM-Magic Partition Resizer

IM-Magic Partition Server Edition is one of the best disk management utilities that help to manage, shrink, extend, create, copy, delete, and most of all clean up the WinSxS folder. There is no need to take hours of backup because IM-Magic has got you covered in every possible way. It is a Windows Server 2019 supported disk management software ensuing 100% data security during all disk operations. Make sure to use the Server Edition of IM-Magic to avail advanced options to manage your partitions effectively.

[Guide] Steps to extend volume without data loss

This step by step guide will show you the right way to extend any volume using  IM-Magic Partition Resizer Unlimited edition.

Step-1  Download install, and launch the program.

Step-2 Right click the large volume to produce unallocated free space.

Steps to resize your disk partition
Steps to resize your disk partition

Step-3  Then right click c and drag the border to acquire the free space.

Steps to resize your disk partition
Steps to resize your disk partition

Step-4 Apply the changes.

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