I came across an issue today with a computer that I hadn’t been familiar with up until this point. I know a common complaint from Microsoft users is that the PC’s hard drive seems to mysteriously fill up with files.
My boss’s computer seems to sucking all of space and time into a folder named "WinSxS". Currently the folder is at 20GB of space I think. That’s almost half the entire size of the hard drive.
After doing a quick search online about what might be causing this WinSxS issue, it seems to be a fairly common problem. The kicker is that there doesn’t seem to be any real solution to the problem. What I’m not sure about is if it really started with Vista or not.
My boss is running Windows Vista Business, the web search results say people are experiencing it with their Windows 7 machines too. I’m running Windows XP Professional still, and my folder is less than 1GB in size.
Do you keep running out of hard drive space? Go take a look at this folder and see what size it’s consuming on your drive. Let me know what you find and what steps you’ve tried to take to resolve the issue if anything.