Re: Freeing up space on Windows Server 2008 R2
how big is the C drive on the machine that you are using?
you're right, do not touch files in C:\windows\winsxs yourself!
the reason for this, as I understand it is, the actual files are stored here, and what you see in (for example) c:\windows\system32 is actually just a link to one of these files, - but you don't know exactly which one...
what this means is that as the new and old file are kept, rolling back, rather than an operation involving putting on files with older versions. is simply just a case of changing a file link... (so much faster and easier)
(this is also the reason that sometimes, this folder combined with other folders can report more space used than there is disk space for! -because linked files may [some circumstances] be counted twice)
there is a command that you can run to clean up some files that have been superseded by service packs:
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
What this does is remove all the files from before a service pack, this is obviously a 1 way change, and removed your options to roll back past the service pack installation date.
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