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Windows ASSEMBLY folder questions

by siliconfusion / November 23, 2014 12:13 AM PST

Yes, I am the crazy sort of guy who manually sifts through EVERY file and directory on his hard drive and tries to keep things as tidy as possible.

Toward that end, I am hoping to jettison all or most of the 300megs sitting in my WINDOWS\ASSEMBLY Folder.

I am running WIN XP SP2 with 3 gigs of RAM and a blazing fast SSD hard drive. So to my way of thinking all the assembly directory is doing is wasting space - please correct me if I am wrong.

These are my questions:
1) this command: "ngen Uninstall Assembly" - will this command completely remove all items in the 3 native images directories below, and is there any downside to doing this? When I say downside, I mean will it make any apps STOP working or create any errors?

Then as to the 3 GAC directories, is there a fast way to remove all of them, or is it not possible to do so?

I should mention i have the following 4 versions of NET FRAMEWORK INSTALLED:
I'm under the impression i need to keep all 4, if that is incorrect please advise.

These main directories exist in my WINDOWS\ASSEMBLY
and the 2 temps (empty)

Thank you kindly for any guidance.

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You could do that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 23, 2014 12:17 AM PST

Sure. Just toast those after uninstalling all versions of .NET and it's done. Keep in mind that the OS does not require any version of .NET so why not go commando on it?

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NET Framework
by siliconfusion / November 23, 2014 3:46 AM PST
In reply to: You could do that.

I know I installed the net framework because something i have installed, some piece of software, required it, although i forgot which piece it was:) LONG time ago....

So I'm inclined to leave the net framework alone, though I'm just wondering if I need to keep ALL FOUR versions of it.

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There are no less than 5 versions of .NET
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2014 1:27 AM PST
In reply to: NET Framework

And you only need the ones for the app that needs it. Since we can always pick up .NET again, I like to toast them all (less is more secure) and wait for an app to declare it needs what version.

Your choice.

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