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  1. Joined : Mar 2015
    Posts : 189
    Windows 10 PRO (upgrade from TP)
       09 May 2015 #1

    Delete Windows.old ?


    I totally feel like I want to delete it, and I'll probably delete it regardless of what you guys say, but I still want to ask. Is there a reason why I should not want to delete it ?
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,511
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       09 May 2015 #2

    Hello Marron,

    If you performed a refresh of Windows 10, upgrade to Windows 10, or a custom install of Windows 10 on the same partition as the previous Windows installation without doing a clean install, then you will have a C:\Windows.old folder in your new installation afterwards. The Windows.old folder contains a copy of the previous Windows installation, and can be quite large in size.

    The Windows.old folder is safe to delete if you do not want anything in it.

    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 10
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  3.    09 May 2015 #3

    Well I deleted mine via disk cleanup. That said I make regular disk image backups.
    So if you want to get the space back make sure you have a disk backup just in case.
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  4. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 92
    64-bit 10240 10 Pro
       09 May 2015 #4

    I upgraded from Win 7 Pro and I deleted it with disk cleanup.
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  5. Joined : Mar 2015
    Posts : 189
    Windows 10 PRO (upgrade from TP)
       09 May 2015 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Marron,

    If you performed a refresh of Windows 10, upgrade to Windows 10, or a custom install of Windows 10 on the same partition as the previous Windows installation without doing a clean install, then you will have a C:\Windows.old folder in your new installation afterwards. The Windows.old folder contains a copy of the previous Windows installation, and can be quite large in size.

    The Windows.old folder is safe to delete if you do not want anything in it.

    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 10
    Well, it was just updating from build 10041 to 10074, so I guess I already have everything that's there. And why not simply plain delete the folder in explorer ?
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  6. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,939
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       09 May 2015 #6

    Marron said: View Post
    Well, it was just updating from build 10041 to 10074, so I guess I already have everything that's there. And why not simply plain delete the folder in explorer ?
    Windows.old is a system folder and it must be deleted via Disk Cleanup.
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  7. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 92
    64-bit 10240 10 Pro
       09 May 2015 #7

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    Windows.old is a system folder and it must be deleted via Disk Cleanup.
    No there are other ways to do it as explained in the link in Brinks Post.
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  8. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,939
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       09 May 2015 #8

    Gary said: View Post
    No there are other ways to do it as explained in the link in Brinks Post.
    Ok.. but I like the Disk Cleanup method and it does work.
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  9. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,511
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       09 May 2015 #9

    Marron said: View Post
    Well, it was just updating from build 10041 to 10074, so I guess I already have everything that's there. And why not simply plain delete the folder in explorer ?
    Windows will not let you just simply delete it like that since it's a protected system folder. You can use any of the options in the tutorial link I posted to delete it though.
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  10. Joined : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 4,358
    Windows 10 Pro X64 14393.576
       09 May 2015 #10

    The one use I had for Windows.old was to create a ISO to use for additional or clean installs using the ESDtoISO tool. Now with the Windows 10 ISOs being published, that is no longer necessary so I delete it.
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