Windows 10: OK to delete windows.old folder? Solved

  1.    10 Jun 2016 #1

    OK to delete windows.old folder?

    I'm in the Windows Insider program and have updated Windows 10 several times now. Each time, creating a windows.old folder. Do I need to keep these, and if not, what's the best way of deleting them? This is probably a silly question, but better safe than sorry. Thanks!
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  2. RWOne's Avatar
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       10 Jun 2016 #2

    Not a dumb question at all.

    You can remove it, my advice on doing so has been listed in the forums though.

    In short, do a disk cleanup:

    How do I remove the Windows.old folder?

    Works in 10 though written for 7.
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  3. davidhk's Avatar
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       10 Jun 2016 #3

    First and foremost, I would suggest that you extract the esd file from the Insider build and create an iso file for the purpose of reinstall or clean install of the same build.
    ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File

    As to you questions :

    1. If you are satisfied with the build and have no intention of going back to previous build, the answer is yes. Go ahead and delete it. It will give you back tons of disk space too.

    2. Most members will tell you using the built-in Disk Clean application to delete the Windows.old.

    I use CCleaner to do the same job.
    The choice is yours, whichever you feel more comfortable.
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  4.    10 Jun 2016 #4

    Thank you for the advice. Much appreciated.
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  5. davidhk's Avatar
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       10 Jun 2016 #5

    mmshipon said: View Post
    Thank you for the advice. Much appreciated.
    You are welcome.
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  6.    12 Jun 2016 #6

    Its Ok to delete windows old and here i have video how to:
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