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Attempting to delete AMD Drivers, not sure how


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#1 DarkMarxSoul

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 11:32 PM

I have been attempting to reduce space on my solid state drive. In my search I have found that I still have what appears to be a ton of space taken up by files related to AMD graphics drivers. AMD was my last graphics card, but I have switched to NVIDIA and no longer need the drivers.

 

C:\Windows\WinSxS appears to have an obscene amount of folders related to amd:

 

https://ibb.co/fcHqfk

 

C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository also has a vast amount:

 

https://ibb.co/eqkyY5

 

The largest file in the FileRepository folder is called c0308528.inf_amd64_a2b44dc88890e31a. I have tried to delete it, but no matter what I do my computer tells me it is in use. However, I have uninstalled the AMD drivers in the traditional way and don't even have the graphics card that they are for anymore.

 

Getting rid of any useless AMD driver data would free up what I assume would be a LOT of space, but I don't know how to do it. Any help would be appreciated.


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Posted 24 April 2017 - 11:54 PM

Have you tried the AMD Clean Uninstall Utility?

http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/AMD-Clean-Uninstall-Utility.aspx

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 01:34 AM

 

I just used it. It uninstalled the largest of the files in FileRepository. I also noticed an 16GB AMD folder in the first C drive folder which I don't remember being there before, so I just deleted that. However, all of the other files I've mentioned and that you can see in those pictures remain. As a test I attempted to delete some of the folders in the WinSxS folder which start with "amd64", and I am given the message "You require permission from TrustedInstaller to make changes to this folder." Doing the same for any of the folders in FileRepository gets me the message "You require permission from Administrators to make changes to this folder."



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Posted 25 April 2017 - 02:21 AM

Windows itself will have files relating to major device manufacturers. However AMD64 is the designation used by Intel and Microsoft for the CPU 64bit instruction set, and files using that name are likely to simply be 64bit system files rather than anything associated with a Radeon video installation.

The WinSxS repository can appear to occupy much more space than it does due to the way Windows Explorer reports hard links, but you can look into possibly reducing the size:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/2795190/how-to-address-disk-space-issues-that-are-caused-by-a-large-windows-component-store-winsxs-directory

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 12:49 PM

Windows itself will have files relating to major device manufacturers. However AMD64 is the designation used by Intel and Microsoft for the CPU 64bit instruction set, and files using that name are likely to simply be 64bit system files rather than anything associated with a Radeon video installation.

The WinSxS repository can appear to occupy much more space than it does due to the way Windows Explorer reports hard links, but you can look into possibly reducing the size:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/2795190/how-to-address-disk-space-issues-that-are-caused-by-a-large-windows-component-store-winsxs-directory

 

Oh, I see. Thank you for the clarification. I will try those things in due time.






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