Summary A large number of packages also increases the size of the local package cache in a Columbus client, shrinking available disk capacity. Of course I would never delete that actual folder. I was wondering how come my system drive grew so big and tonight I decided to go to the bottom with it. Your donation here helps to pay our bandwidth costs, emergency funding, and other general costs that crop up from time to time. I also vote for cleaning Package Cache entries for uninstalled by the tool packages. If your Visual Studio installation fails, see for step-by-step guidance.
The installer will download them when needed, so if you want to save or recover disk space, you can disable or move the package cache. But there are many more, e. Your donation here helps to pay our bandwidth costs, emergency funding, and other general costs that crop up from time to time. They are apparently cache files created by Microsoft Security Essentials. These files are completely safe to delete. We reset this goal every new year for the following year's goal. I deleted all entries with no subsequent computer malfunctions.
Thanks for setting me straight! You will be prompted with a Windows Security dialog that says you need to close the file properties. Only packages that are required will be cached, so if you need to restore all packages, you should repair Visual Studio before you disconnect from your network. But I am sure that something went wrong with it. If you modify or repair Visual Studio and packages are required, they will be downloaded automatically and removed after they are installed. I've been in it many times and know it holds a lot of valuable needed stuff. In cases where multiple machines perform package reinstallations, this cache becomes very important, as it will help prevent your network from experiencing bandwidth congestion. This will be generally available in Visual Studio in a few weeks — scheduled for the 15.
After your Group Policy updates and you reset the client, the setting will clean up any unpublished App-V packages on the App-V client. Set to 0 to disable caching packages. I ended up putting Windows on a different hard drive so I could preserve the data that was already on the original drive. Get-AppvClientConfiguration If the AutoCleanupEnabled option shows a value of 1 in the configuration list, that means the setting is turned on. No, worst thing that can happen is you can't uninstall and thus your license gets locked out and you have to wait a few days until L-M unlocks it so you can do a reinstall.
Right-click the file in Explorer and then click Properties. Clean up with Group Policy settings Using Group Policy, you can turn on the Enable automatic cleanup of unused App-V packages setting to automatically clean up your unpublished App-V packages from your App-V client devices. Registry The policies to disable or move the package cache for Visual Studio 2017 are stored within the Windows registry in the following locations. It also runs in administrator mode some permissions get ignored. When checking a particular policy, we will use the first policy value discovered and ignore the remaining keys in the order listed.
Obviously my first question now is. This application is used by defense agencies domestic and foreign, aerospace companies, and colleges and universities, and in a crunch to meet an appointment or deadline on a simulation these package files are very important to repair an installation quickly. Worse thing that could happen is I need to reinstall P3D and that wouldn't be the first time. P3D is installed on its separate drive or so I thought until finding these folders on my system drive. And I cannot reproduce that issue any longer.
Now, what I've read all related to Visual Studio but there is a lot of talk about uninstall processes looking into this folder so if you delete the folders within the Package Cache folder you could cause issues with uninstalling applications. The package files are needed for that reason. I don't know what happened to Package Cache. April 17th, 2017 In the we are introducing the ability to disable or re-enable the package cache, or move it to another drive. If you want to work offline, you can move the package cache instead. Keywords Packaging, disk space, cache, client Products C6, C7. Policies The following registry values are supported.
Thanks for your input guys and with this information I think I'll go ahead and delete these folders. You can safely remove anything in the folder, but you may not be able to delete items that are in use. If you have a location you know about, please share it in the comments section. It may not seem like a lot but I don't have a lot of extra space. You can also pass --cache to re-enable this policy, which might be handy if you expect to make any changes or repair offline. I'm only referring to the leftover install folders. If you disable the package cache by setting KeepDownloadedPayloads to 0, any modifications or repairs that require packages will require a connection to the internet or from wherever you installed Visual Studio and packages will be downloaded again.