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Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone knows what else is safe to delete before capturing an image. So far I have:



  • swapfile.sys
  • pagefile.sys
  • hiberfil.sys
  • Windows\System32\Sysprep\Sysprep_succeeded.tag
  • *.log files


  • PerfLogs
  • Windows\Logs\CBS\*
  • Windows\Logs\DISM
  • Windows\Logs\PBR
  • Windows\Panther
  • Windows\Prefetch
  • Windows\System32\Sysprep\Panther
  • Windows\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore
  • Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
  • Windows\System32\winevt\Logs\*
  • Windows\Temp\*
  • Windows\WinSXS\Backup
  • Windows\WinSxS\ManifestCache\*

Can anyone think of anymore?

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C:\Windows\WinSXS\Backup AFAIK, is required for Windows Resource Protection (sfc)
based on the refreshed Windows 8.1 released ISOs, i use this wimscript.ini exclusion list:

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So don't delete it?


Also when you have an asterisk in locations (e.g. \Windows\Temp\*) does that mean delete everything in the folder, but not the folder itself?

It's your choice

it's only used by sfc.exe if there is a system file corrupted so it replace it

yes :)

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