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  1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 52
    Win10 Home 64bit
       29 Dec 2015 #1

    Just Wondering if its safe to delete Windows.old file


    talking about the windows.old file that was created after the not so long ago major update...

    just realized my HDD is starting to take a tanking and that folder is taking up a good chunk of space! hence why im wondering if it should be okey to remove or not.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,517
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       29 Dec 2015 #2

    Hello DiBBz,

    If there's nothing in there you want to keep, and you don't plan on going back to the previous Windows installation within 30 days if you upgraded from say Windows 7/8, then it's safe to delete.

    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 10
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  3. Joined : Mar 2014
    Cape Breton Nova Scotia ,Canada
    Posts : 2,924
    insider build 10586.3 win10 pro 64
       29 Dec 2015 #3

    i remove mine all the time ,I use a acer switch 10, with only 32 gig hdd, so mine is gone as soon as i feel the latest update/upgrade of win10 is working ok ,
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  4. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 52
    Win10 Home 64bit
       29 Dec 2015 #4

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello DiBBz,

    If there's nothing in there you want to keep, and you don't plan on going back to the previous Windows installation within 30 days if you upgraded from say Windows 7/8, then it's safe to delete.

    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 10
    im not talking about upgrades.. i upgraded to win 10 about a month or so after it was aviable for download... im talking about the recent update that required my hole system to go into a massive update sequence...

    copying files and transferring them to the new build and re-downloading drivers etc etc

    this caused me to get a windows.old file and hence i was asking the question.
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  5. Joined : Mar 2014
    Cape Breton Nova Scotia ,Canada
    Posts : 2,924
    insider build 10586.3 win10 pro 64
       29 Dec 2015 #5

    DiBBz said: View Post
    im not talking about upgrades.. i upgraded to win 10 about a month or so after it was aviable for download... im talking about the recent update that required my hole system to go into a massive update sequence...

    copying files and transferring them to the new build and re-downloading drivers etc etc

    this caused me to get a windows.old file and hence i was asking the question.
    basically the same thing i'm talking about ,if you remove it you will not be able to go back to before the major upgrade . if you have issues with win10,

    I remove my via windows disk cleanup ,it have reappeared after a major bild upgrade, and I just remove it again ..
    right click on the folder and check properties to show how big the files are
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  6. Joined : Mar 2014
    Cape Breton Nova Scotia ,Canada
    Posts : 2,924
    insider build 10586.3 win10 pro 64
       29 Dec 2015 #6

    what ,version /build are you up to now, right click on the windows icon and open RUN ,type in , winver

    Windows 10 Build Number - Find
    Last edited by Brink; 29 Dec 2015 at 20:06. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,517
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       29 Dec 2015 #7

    DiBBz said: View Post
    im not talking about upgrades.. i upgraded to win 10 about a month or so after it was aviable for download... im talking about the recent update that required my hole system to go into a massive update sequence...

    copying files and transferring them to the new build and re-downloading drivers etc etc

    this caused me to get a windows.old file and hence i was asking the question.
    That' fine. You can use the same tutorial to delete the Windows.old folder.
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  8. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 52
    Win10 Home 64bit
       30 Dec 2015 #8

    caperjack said: View Post
    what ,version /build are you up to now, right click on the windows icon and open RUN ,type in , winver

    Windows 10 Build Number - Find
    build 10586 - 10.0.10586
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  9.    30 Dec 2015 #9

    Bottom line it's the same folder you would get after an upgrade from Windows 7 to 8 or Windows 8 to 10. The recent Windows Update created the same folder so you could roll back the update if you wanted to.

    Deleting it is perfectly safe. You might just want to make sure there aren't any programs or files you need in there before doing so, however.
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  10. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 52
    Win10 Home 64bit
       03 Jan 2016 #10

    hi again and thanks again for the quick feedback...

    ive took the time over the holidays to backup everything etc... and im just now realizing that im running into problems deleting the folder. cant fully delete it because certain sub-folders like system etc wont allow you to delete it.
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