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Any way to clean out winsxs folder?

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I know this has been an issue for most people and I'm just curious if there has been a solution to cleaning and reducing the size of the winsxs folder in Windows 7? It used to not bother me too much but now my winsxs folder is at a whopping 10 GB!

My SSD is only 50 GB big so it is becoming a bit of a nuisance. Is there a solution to this or do we really expected to reformat to resolve this issue? -_-
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no you can't.
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Size of winsxs isn't reported correctly in explorer. Actual size should be much smaller.

http://www.winvistaclub.com/f16.html
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In practice, nearly every file in the WinSxS directory is a “hard link” to the physical files elsewhere on the system—meaning that the files are not actually in this directory. For instance in the WinSxS there might be a file called advapi32.dll that takes up >700K however what’s being reported is a hard link to the actual file that lives in the Windows\System32, and it will be counted twice (or more) when simply looking at the individual directories from Windows Explorer.
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Originally Posted by evermooingcow;13094397 
Size of winsxs isn't reported correctly in explorer. Actual size should be much smaller.

http://www.winvistaclub.com/f16.html

Even when using programs such as WinDirStat?
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