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RisingFlight-7863 asked SunnyQi-MSFT edited

installer folder occupying space

Hi All

i have a server which has a installer folder under the path C:\Windows\Installer. This installer folder is occupying 40GB of disk space and now i am running out of disk space on primary partition and this server is a physical servers. Can this folder be deleted.

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SunnyQi-MSFT answered SunnyQi-MSFT edited

Hi,

Thanks for posting in Q&A platform.

The size of the C:\Windows\Installer folder is by design and it is not supported to delete files from it. So, the question usually asked is: Can I safely remove the files in this directory? The answer is flatly: No.

The proper way to alleviate space pressure in this directory is to uninstall any unneeded applications. Or some third party tools may help you resolve this issue, please refer to the following similar threads discussed before:

Windows Server 2019 installer folder occupied 368GB !!

How can I free up drive space from the Windows installer folder without killing Windows?

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The third-party product discussed here is manufactured by a company that is independent of Microsoft. We make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this product's performance or reliability.

And for more details regarding why we don't recommend to delete file in the path C:\Windows\Installer, please refer to the following article:

Can you safely delete files in the %windir%Installer directory?

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Sunny


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No, don't delete it. Disk Cleanup should sort it.

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