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    Question Win7, explorer.exe, multiple instances

    I have just discovered that I have no fewer than 20 instances of explorer.exe.
    Can anyone tell me if
    a) I should remove all except the latest?
    b) if so, how?
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    All of your "extra" explorer files reside in the winsxs folder. See:
    https://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...803#post922803.

    for a description of this folder and what you can do to safely reduce its size.

    Jerry

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    Oops. Wrong link. Here's the correct one:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2795190

    Jerry

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    Using the tools specified in the KB article recommended in post #3 are OK but will most likely not remove all the copies of various files that you see. Unless you are desperate for disk space I recommend you leave the WinSXS folder and sub-folders alone. In newer versions of Windows, WinSXS contains all the files necessary to service Windows. It is easy to make mistakes that could impair your ability to maintain Windows if you manually delete items.

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    I agree with what Joe said. Most systems have more than enough extra hard drive space and I don't mess with Windows system files without good reason.

    Jerry

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    After further research, it appear (from http://www.thewindowsclub.com/winsxs-folder-windows-7-8) that this is perfectly normal and no cause for concern.
    Interesting that I had so much trouble finding this information.

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