1.    02 May 2015 #1
    Join Date : May 2015
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    Windows 10

    Deleting Recovery Image folder


    Hi,

    I was searching my drive to clear space. I came accross the Recovery Image folder, and I wanted to clear it, but wasn't sure if it was safe to do so. I'm not too bothered if I don't have an image to fall back to. It's just that I'm on a 250GB SSD and I need to clear some space.

    The Recovery Image did originally, only hold 10GB, and now after I checked, it holds 20GB. It's not really gonna get used so I'd like instructions on the best way to delete it.

    Edit: Would it also be possible to remove the Windows.old folder. It holds around 32GB, mostly Windows drivers etc which aren't used.

    Thanks
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  2.    02 May 2015 #2
    Join Date : Aug 2014
    Forever West
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    Does that Folder have a file named install.esd? If so that is the file I use to create the .iso file for installing on other computers or reinstalling. You could delete that file but not the others. It will be a large file, 2.5GB and/or more. That's the build for the previous update.

    I have deleted the Windows.old Folder but only after getting documents, pictures and music out of it. Might want to get any Folder about drivers.
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  3.    02 May 2015 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    Windows 7

    The easiest way to remove Windows.old is to run CCleaner. But you have to check the box in the picture.

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  4.    02 May 2015 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2014
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    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    The easiest way to remove Windows.old is to run CCleaner. But you have to check the box in the picture.

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    You don't need CCleaner. Just right click on C:\Windows\System32\cleanmgr.exe to run as administrator and make the same selection as shown above.
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  5.    02 May 2015 #5

    Be satisfied that your installation is running to your satisfaction, before deleting the Windows.old folder. It is used, in the optional choices, to return your computer to its previous state.
    As for the other folder, "Recovery Image", right or wrong, I move the *.esd file (temporarily) to a safe place, in case I should wish to make an ISO, and then delete the whole folder.
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  6.    03 May 2015 #6
    Join Date : May 2015
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    Thread Starter

    Ok thanks guys. The have deleted the Previous Windows installation at least two times using the Disk-Cleanup Utility, and whenever a large build is released, it seems to creep back in there. I guess I'll have to be persistent and keep deleting them.
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