Replies posted by JessJames
OK so I seem to have achieved success, but it’s a messy route. I can’t change the sub folders, but I can alter the permissions on the WindowsApps folder and have them apply down the sub folder chain. So, if I set the SHADOW user and the ADMINISTRATORS group permissions to full control, and tell it to apply those permissions to everything below, then it allows me to delete stuff. And I have my space back. Seems like I do have problems, but this seems to work. Crappy. I’m going to run with it for a bit, but it seems I need to reset it at some point. Really wish Microsoft would just make their store… ya know… work! Anyway, thanks for the help, and to you Jim in particular. Very much appreciated.
I was able to use the same process on my Shadow VM, to take the WindowsApps tree size from 6GB to 1.6GB. It was a lot of taking ownership and modifying permissions, though... OK so thanks for this. Didn’t work. :) I did, however, make some progress. Here’s something interesting. I had taken the step of adding my Microsoft account to the local shadow account when I first got hold of the system. That seems to have triggered permissions issues. When I removed my Microsoft account from the local SHADOW account, it definitely allowed me to take ownership of the WindowsApps folder. Trouble is, even with ownership of the folder it won’t let me delete sub folders within it. Also, it will not let me change the permissions on sub folders. It’s odd. If I go to one of the sub folders and try to change the access permissions for my SHADOW account, or the local ADMINISTRATORS account the options to click to edit permissions or remove them are all greyed out, and nothing I seem to be able to
What did seem to work, though, was moving those problematic folders somewhere else (I chose to move them under C:\Windows\Temp), and after a reboot, I was able to nuke them all. It’s a great suggestion, and I really appreciate you trying it out (at the potential expense of your marriage), but on Shadow it doesn’t work. At least on MY shadow. I can see the folders taking up all the space using TreeSize in Administrator mode, but I can’t actually open the WindowsApps folder to get in there and move anything. I can’t move the whole WindowsApps folder, because there are things Windows depends on in there. I haven’t tried rebooting in safe mode, but my memory of my Windows sysadmin days is that system permissions don’t change in safe mode, so I don’t think it will help. Not even sure I can boot my Shadow in safe mode. At the moment I don’t see a way around it, apart from changing the ownership/permissions on the WindowsApps folder, which on my Shadow I can’t do. Irritating. Thanks
Are you certain you’re not hitting up against Windows’ own limitations? That article you referenced was intended to be used for the WindowsApps folder on external drives. I do believe the Shadow admins configure some policy objects to control some behavior (such as preventing hibernation), but I don’t believe they “go crazy” with setting things in a non-standard way. Why would they? FWIW I installed a large UWP game on my Shadow, and then removed it...and the disk space was cleared up properly. I only have a handful of Microsoft Store games, but was unaware of this storage reclamation “problem” until I read your post. I’m not certain, no. There are a lot of articles talking about removing the WindowsApps folder from external disks. However, I think that’s a product of a) lots of people these days having an SSD c: drive for the OS and a large mechanical d: drive for game installations. Also, I think there are things in the c:/Program Files/WindowsApps folder which shou
Have you talked to support about exactly all these points you outlined here? Yup. In fact they got basically the same email that I posted here, but with attached screenshots. Their recommendation was to reset the PC, which isn’t a good answer. Now they’re escalating the issue to the devs to see if anything can be done. If I get anything from them I’ll post it here.
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