Recover WinSxS Folder

Well, you may think that deleting couple of files from WinSxS folder or removing the entire WinSxS folder doesn’t affect your system. But the fact is, the Windows component store directory i.e. WinSxS folder is very much important for the system to correctly install the updates, features, etc. and you can’t delete that folder or even move it to some other place other than the system volume (C:\).

In other words, we can say that deleting files from WinSxS folder or removing the entire folder accidentally may damage your system and sometimes make it difficult to restart or update the system.


“I did a mistake by accidentally deleting some files from the C:\Windows\winsxs directory. Now my system is not booting up properly. It enters into a black screen after logging in. Also, I have problems with other applications including Adobe Photoshop and AfterEffects. I don’t understand this. Please help! Thank you.”

If you have deleted the WinSxS folder, then you have to do the recovery as soon as possible with the help of reliable file recovery software.

Recovering WinSxS folder using Hi5 File Recovery Software

Download Hi5 File Recovery Utility and install on Windows computer running with Windows operating systems Windows 10/ Windows 8/ Windows 7/ Windows Vista/ Windows XP/ Windows Server 2003, 2008 or 2012. Note that you’d better install the software on another volume except the system volume just to avoid data overwriting. Now refer the below steps to restore WinSxS folder…

  • Once done with installing the tool, launch it
  • Then from the main screen, choose Deleted File Recovery option
  • Select the location from where the files were deleted. As the WinSxS folder is located in C:\ by default, you are required to choose that drive
  • The software will start scanning the selected drive. After some time, all the recoverable files will be displayed
  • Choose the files you want to recover by file types from the scanning results
  • Preview the required file and select the destination folder. It would be better if you choose a different location instead of original hard drive partition to avoid data over writing

Not only the files from WinSxS folder could be recovered using Hi5 File Recovery Application, but also you can restore other system files on Windows computers.


WinSxS folder consumes incredible system drive space, and you may not even know. So if you want to reduce its size, then never attempt deleting files from it. Instead use Disk Cleanup tool to reduce the size of WinSxS folder without losing any files.

Features of Hi5 File Recovery Utility

  • Designed using efficient scanning algorithms which scans the complete drive and recovers system files completely in short span of time
  • Recovers different types of Windows system files such as Word files, Excel files, presentation files, ZIP, RAR, etc.
  • Allows you to restore data from file systems such as FAT, exFAT, NTFS partitions
  • Retrieves files stored on external hard drives, pen drives, memory cards, and so on easily

Situations wherein Hi5 File Recovery Utility will be helpful

  • When the files have been lost due to virus infection on Windows system
  • When files are deleted using Shift + Delete keys or using command prompt which leads to permanent deletion of files from Windows system
  • When the Windows system drive has been formatted mistakenly and lost the files present on it
  • Even when the system files have been emptied from Recycle Bin and you are looking to recover those files

Hi5 File Recovery Software helps to resolve all such file loss or deletion issues from system in few clicks. Therefore, download the toolkit on your system, follow simple steps, recover data and save it in your desired storage location!

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