Manifests Folder Query

  1. RichardC's Avatar
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    Manifests Folder Query


    Recently, I updated to new version on ccleaner. Now, before I go further, I know the pros and cons of ccleaner. I use it prudently and I've use it for quite a while. When I update to a new version, I always customize the download. But this time, it also download AVG virus protection. I downloaded from ccleaner's home page and it's never done that before. Any way, once I realized it had downloaded AVG, I proceeded to remove it with Revo Uninstaller. I prefer Revo because it also does deep scan into the registry for leftover remnants. After it was done, I had to reboot the pc to delete some files that couldn't be deleted during the initial process. With that said, I decided to do an Ultra Search for any AVG files that might have slipped through. It found 30 files and 2 folders. I deleted the two folders, but I'm concerned about the remaining files. They seem to be in a windows folder winSxS\manifests. Now I realize that the files in the manifest folder are important and are owned by trustedinstaller. Would it be safe to take ownership of each individual file associated with AVG and delete it.

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    I realize it's protected, but it seems that I should be able to go in and remove AVG related files.
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    I certainly have nothing to do with AVG there. However, I would never recommend the approach you suggest.

    See e.g. this which also offers cleanup methods
    How to use the DISM tool to reveal the true size of Windows 10's WinSxS folder - TechRepublic

    for correct ways to manage it, should you really feel the need.

    Best to make sure you have a current disk image (e.g. Macrium Reflect) before playing with things.
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  3. RichardC's Avatar
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    Thanks for the input, Dalchina. I checked out the DISM angle, but I don't think it cleans up the unused files in the 'manifest' folder. It ran yesterday and the unnecessary files are still there. It just doesn't seem right that removing unnecessary files should screw up your pc.
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
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    Example case which you may find helpful:
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...7-460a74df1f88
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  5. RichardC's Avatar
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    windows10 home v20H2 OS Build 19042.906
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    Thanks for help dalchina. I'd rather not take ownership of the manifest folder and all subfolders. I'd rather take ownership of individual files associated to AVG and delete them one by one. I'll mark as solved.
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