1.    03 Jun 2017 #1
    Join Date : Jun 2017
    Dorset UK
    Posts : 1
    10 Pro 64

    Old Windows left after re-install


    I had to reinstall Win10 Pro 64 after boot sector failure. I have been left with a Directory in my C drive containing a huge amount of Windows files etc named 'Windows.old' this contains the following directories, 'Program Files, Recovery (empty), Users and Windows. This directory is huge, 20.3Gb containing in excess of 230,000 files.

    This is taking up valuable space on my SSD which is unacceptable.

    My question is simple. Can I safely remove this directory? I have been advised that should I do so then I will end up repeating the reinstall exercise ad infinitum as the offending directory will keep reappearing.

    Is a completely new install with a clean formatted 'C' my only option?

    Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions

    Tim
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  2.    03 Jun 2017 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 10,992
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    This will be deleted automatically probably 10 days after upgrading. It is there to support reverting to the previous version.

    Otherwise a simple search resolves the issue.

    Here's a tutorial from the Tutorial section, which you're free to browse and search.
    Delete Windows.old Folder in Windows 10 Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

    Note that Macrium Reflect's boot disk (or Macrium on Kyhi's boot disk available at the top of the Software and Apps section) offers a useful Fix Boot feature.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  3.    03 Jun 2017 #3
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    S/E England
    Posts : 4,501
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    Welcome to TenForums @Wobblybootie

    Dalchina has answered 'how' to remove windows.old, the question remains 'why' you had one.

    How did you reinstall Windows? From your own media? or from the manufacturer's 'reset to factory' procedure? Either way you may have installed a previous version (1607 or 1511). On first boot and checking for updates the Creators Update may have downloaded and upgraded this to the current version 1703. Check what version you have now with Winver, the latest is 1703, os build 15063.332.

    Elsewhere on this forum there are reports of brand new 'out of the box' PCs having a windows.old. Seems that, rather than develop a new image each time Microsoft releases the next version, some OEMs are still supplying PCs with 1511 images on them that upgrade themselves to 1703 when first turned on.
      My ComputersSystem Spec
  4.    03 Jun 2017 #4
    Join Date : Jun 2016
    UK
    Posts : 282
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit (with Creators OS)

    Quote Originally Posted by Bree View Post
    Welcome to TenForums @Wobblybootie

    Dalchina has answered 'how' to remove windows.old, the question remains 'why' you had one.

    How did you reinstall Windows? From your own media? or from the manufacturer's 'reset to factory' procedure? Either way you may have installed a previous version (1607 or 1511). On first boot and checking for updates the Creators Update may have downloaded and upgraded this to the current version 1703. Check what version you have now with Winver, the latest is 1703, os build 15063.332.

    Elsewhere on this forum there are reports of brand new 'out of the box' PCs having a windows.old. Seems that, rather than develop a new image each time Microsoft releases the next version, some OEMs are still supplying PCs with 1511 images on them that upgrade themselves to 1703 when first turned on.
    My Winver shows 1607 (OS Build 14393.118), and I am told I am up to date ??

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	image.png 
Views:	32 
Size:	5.7 KB 
ID:	137788
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  5.    03 Jun 2017 #5
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 10,992
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    @Stevekir - different issue. Same as mine. I have 'Defer feature updates' set (= don't give me the CU - Win 10 Pro).

    If you're not due the CU by Windows update, or have done the above, that's fine.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

 


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
BSOD after Windows left idle.
Hello, Ever since I upgraded to Windows 10 from Window 7 back in July I have been experiencing random crashes. Sometimes I try something (removing a program, updating a driver) and that seems to fix it for a bit, but then it comes back. The one...
BSOD Crashes and Debugging
If i install Windows 10 would it lag? (I have 60 gb left)
Sooo if I have 60 gb left and i install windows 10 would it be slow?
General Support
Solved One file left in Windows.old
After a successful install, I used Disk Cleanup to to remove windows.old - after a good while it finished, but the folder is still there, with one file still left:...
Performance & Maintenance
Pop-up windows do not align with the top left corner
Hi, I've just noticed a feature which I don't think was present on Windows 7, but is on Windows 10. When a pop-up window is opened by an application the window is not aligned with the top left corner of the screen, it is slightly padded to the...
General Support
Windows 10 black screening after being left idle
I'm not sure if this is the proper place to post this, but whenever my PC is left idle for more than 8 or so hours, it will randomly black screen with no cursor. CTRL ALT DEL does nothing, CTRL Shift ESC does nothing and the only way to fix it is to...
Performance & Maintenance
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:02.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+ Ten Forums iOS App Ten Forums Android App



Windows 10 Forums