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How to reduce the size of the WinSxS directory in Windows 7

The WinSxS folder is the Component store located in your C:\Windows directory where core Windows files reside including the bits needed to turn on and off any Windows features you enable from the Control Panel. Not only are these files critical to the operation of Windows but when updates to Windows are installed, these files get updated.

However, there is an issue which was introduced in Windows Vista - that every time you receive updates for the OS, the WinSxS folder dramatically grows in size. A commonly asked question by many people using modern versions of Windows is "Why is the WinSxS folder so big?" There was no real solution to reduce the size of this folder on Windows 7 and Vista and delete older superseded update files until now. Windows 8 and above shipped with built-in options to clean up the updates cache and WinSxS, but Windows 7 and Vista users were out of luck. That changes today.

How to fix the error 0x0000005 and non-working apps in Windows 7 after KB2859537 update

If you are a Windows 7 user, after recent updates from Microsoft, you might have faced the following issues with the OS:

  • When Windows 7 starts, you see a dialog with "error 0x0000005" instead of the Desktop loading.
  • Many executable programs just do not run.
  • When you try to use System Restore to roll back the system, it does not help.

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Let's see how to fix these issues without reinstalling Windows 7.

Speed up your Windows startup with these tricks

Do you know that you can speed up Windows startup without using third-party tools? Today, we are going to share with you several tricks which will allow you to reduce the startup time and make your Windows boot faster. Some of them are quite simple, and some of them might be new for you.

How to change a Windows theme from the command prompt

Many people, including my friends, often ask me how to change a Windows theme from the command prompt without opening the Explorer window. They want to apply the custom theme they have installed from the command line. Unfortunately, Windows does not provide any native or user-friendly way to change the current theme and apply *.theme file silently. Today, I would like to provide you with an easy-to-use solution - our brand new release: Winaero Theme Switcher.Winaero Theme Switcher

Internet Explorer 10 RTM is released, offline installers are available

Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. As you may know, it is already bundled with Windows 8 and now available for previous versions of Windows after a couple of months.

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So, here is the list of what's new:

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