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This utility might help reduce the size of the C:\Windows\Installer folder; however, it should be used with "caution".  Worked okay for me on Windows 10x64 Pro Build 17763.194 V1809 and found ~200 mbytes of orphaned installers.

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-files/cleaning-the-windowsinstaller-folder/1942aa06-b2e2-40e1-b791-cd85ae64b3aa

 

Windows 10 x64 Pro on ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard, i7-6700k CPU,H220 X2 Liquid Cooler, 64 gbyte RipJaws DDR4 3200 RAM, Samsung 980 Pro NVMe M.2 500 gbyte SSD + Samsung 850 Pro 512 gbyte SSD, EVGA Nvidia GeForce 980 Titan card (Home Built System);  Windows 10 x64 Pro on Dell 8700 SE desktop, Intel i7 4770 CPU, 24 gbyte RAM, Samsung 850 EVO mSATA 512 gbyte SSD, Samsung 850 Pro 512 gbyte SSD, Nvidia 750 Ti:   Windows 10x64 Pro on 512 gigabyte Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 Laptop/tablet.  ASUS RT-AC88U router, 8 tbyte WD My Cloud PR2100 NAS Server, 200 Mbps cable Internet, MS Edge Chromium, MS Office 2019 (Local), Casper 10, DisplayFusion (3 Flat Panel Displays per system):   Kaspersky Internet Security 2021, Malwarebytes 4, Quicken, Weather Watcher Live, ThumbsPlus 10, Sticky Password 8, WD Smartware, CyberLink PowerDVD20, MSI Burner, Rainmeter, Windows Sidebar, WD Smartware and many more.

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There is a known conflict with the MSI versions of Microsoft Office. Using the utility breaks the online updates for Microsoft Office. Unfortunately, the author of the utility never fixed this. The Click-to-Run versions of Microsoft Office are not affected.

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Mine is at 825MB in total size on Win10 so not an issue yet. With all the cloud this and that I wonder why some things that would get stored locally can't just be fetched from Microsoft in the "cloud" if it's missing, instead of consuming allot of local storage space.

Then again I might be dreaming about an OS that will never exist because they can't even make Windows remember what most would deem simple like opening certain dialog boxes in the same user chosen place, still a mess for decades.

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