1. Joined : Mar 2015
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    Win 10 Pro x64
       09 Jun 2015 #1

    Windows.old question


    So, I'm a little worried about doing the upcoming upgrade from win 8.1 to win 10. Because during upgrades it creates a windows.old folder which is almost has a complete backup of your C: drive. My only problem is, I have a 120gb SSD and 100gb is already being used. I'm worried that during the upgrade there won't be enough room for my windows.old folder to be created and some folders might just be discarded into the nether.

    Does anybody have any info on what will happen in this case?
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  2. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,939
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       09 Jun 2015 #2

    You can delete it and there will be no issues if you decide that you don't need to roll back. Shawn has instructions but one way to get it done is to use Disk Cleanup.
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  3. Joined : Mar 2015
    Posts : 120
    Win 10 Pro x64
       09 Jun 2015 #3

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    You can delete it and there will be no issues if you decide that you don't need to roll back. Shawn has instructions but one way to get it done is to use Disk Cleanup.
    I know I can delete it. My issue was I was not sure windows would have enough space on my HD to create it in the first place. Since I only have 20gb and windows.old is sometimes larger than that.
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  4. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,939
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       09 Jun 2015 #4

    It should help out to remove it and see what happens. But, you many want to get a separate HDD and move some of the things you can to that drive. That would free up space. I use an SSD for programs/OS and a separate HDD for data.
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  5. Joined : Oct 2014
    Polk County Texas USA
    Posts : 11,755
    Windows 10 Insider Preview
       09 Jun 2015 #5

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    It should help out to remove it and see what happens. But, you many want to get a separate HDD and move some of the things you can to that drive. That would free up space. I use an SSD for programs/OS and a separate HDD for data.
    Three of my machines have an external drive for files. I keep everything over there except for Windows and my programs.
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  6.    10 Jun 2015 #6

    win 10 build 10135 is roughly 14,4Gb installed
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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
    Penns Forrest
    Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       10 Jun 2015 #7

    bobsagetfullhou said: View Post
    So, I'm a little worried about doing the upcoming upgrade from win 8.1 to win 10. Because during upgrades it creates a windows.old folder which is almost has a complete backup of your C: drive. My only problem is, I have a 120gb SSD and 100gb is already being used. I'm worried that during the upgrade there won't be enough room for my windows.old folder to be created and some folders might just be discarded into the nether.

    Does anybody have any info on what will happen in this case?
    I'm not sure anyone but MS can give you a definitive answer - you might want to check the Insider community forums to see if that question has been asked & answered. If you don't find the question, ask for more information from MS.
    Windows Insider Program - Threads

    There might be information in the wiki pages too
    Windows Insider Program - Wiki

    I suspect that the installer does a pre-check for disk space and bails if there is not enough

    The easiest thing to do is move data off the SSD by creating folders on a different drive for Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos. Then add those folders to the respective Libraries. You might also want to make the folder on the 2nd drive the default save location for each type.

    I think you can move the Downloads folder in Win7 by right clicking the folder
    select the location tab
    press move and pick or create a new folder on drive 2
    then press ok
    answer Yes to do you want to move the files

    You might also want to move your temp folder %TEMP%
    See if there is a lot of space consumed in temp - clean up what is not needed (probably most of it can be removed)
    Then decide if you want to store temporary files on the 2nd drive
    This location is defined in Environment variables
    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\System > Advanced system settings > Advanced tab > Environment Variables
    Change the upper pane (user vars)
    Select each var , edit and provide a new folder location
    Note: this only defines the location, it does not move any files
    This change takes affect after a logout or restart

    Moving folders to a 2nd drive implies that the 2nd drive will always be available.

    You cannot, unfortunately, move your entire profile - the upgrade will complain (at least it sued to complain) and tell you to move it back to C:
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