Can winsxs be moved and if so how?



Windows SxS (Side-by-Side) is a folder that is used by the Microsoft Windows operating system to store files required by different applications. The folder is located in the %windir% directory and is used to store a variety of files, such as DLLs, application manifests, and configuration files.

The purpose of the Windows SxS folder is to provide a single location for all the files that are used by different applications. This helps to reduce the amount of disk space used by the operating system, as well as to improve system reliability and performance.

The Windows SxS folder is an important part of the Windows operating system, and it should not be moved or deleted. Moving or deleting this folder could cause problems with the operating system and applications, as the files in the SxS folder are necessary for the system to function properly.

That said, there may be some instances where it is necessary to move the Windows SxS folder. For example, if the system is running low on disk space, then moving the Windows SxS folder to another location could free up some space.

In order to move the Windows SxS folder, it is necessary to use the Dism (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) tool, which is included in the Windows Operating System. The following steps should be taken to move the Windows SxS folder:

1. Open the Command Prompt as an administrator.
2. Type “cd %windir%\\servicing” and press Enter.
3. Type “dism /online /export-defaultappbase /destination:c:\\windows\\servicing” and press Enter.
4. Type “dism /online /export-sxs /destination:c:\\windows\\servicing” and press Enter.
5. Type “dism /online /export-servicingpackages /destination:c:\\windows\\servicing” and press Enter.
6. Type “dism /online /export-manifests /destination:c:\\windows\\servicing” and press Enter.
7. Type “dism /online /export-drivers /destination:c:\\windows\\servicing” and press Enter.

This will export all the files in the Windows SxS folder to the c:\\windows\\servicing directory. Once this is done, the Windows SxS folder can then be moved to the desired location.

It is important to note that moving the Windows SxS folder can cause some applications to stop working. Therefore, it is best to move the folder only when absolutely necessary. If you do move the Windows SxS folder, it is recommended that you back up the original folder first. This will help to ensure that you can restore the original folder in case any problems arise.

In conclusion, it is possible to move the Windows SxS folder, but it should only be done when absolutely necessary. It is also important to back up the original folder before moving it, in order to ensure that you can restore it in case any problems arise.

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