Windows 10: Can $Windows.~WS Be Safely Deleted? Solved

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  1.    29 Jul 2015 #11

    what about windows old? that is 27 GB, but does not show up in disk clean up
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  2.    29 Jul 2015 #12

    JoeShades said: View Post
    what about windows old? that is 27 GB, but does not show up in disk clean up
    That's your old Windows installation. You can delete it if you never want to revert back or need anything from it.
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  3.    30 Jul 2015 #13

    Nus said: View Post
    Well, I've had no issues since deleting it. Done a number of reboots, changed account to local, etc.

    It was created during the upgrade and just looked like it contained the Win 10 image.
    to me it looks like $Windows.~WS , besides the win10Image, also contains personalized xml files; i will double check it, and post my last impression about true/false: pc-personalized $Windows.~WS.
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       30 Jul 2015 #14

    JoeShades said: View Post
    what about windows old? that is 27 GB, but does not show up in disk clean up
    Did you run Disk Cleanup as Administrator? It should show then.
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  5.    30 Jul 2015 #15

    Yea, running the clean up even as an admin has kept the $Windows.~WS folder.
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       30 Jul 2015 #16

    $windows.~WS contains 2 images, one an ESD (installx86.esd or installx64.esd) in sources, and another is an install.wim in $windows.~WS\sources\windows\sources.

    If you have used the Media Creation tool, after taking a compressed snapshot of your system in sources\Panther during the mini-setup phase, it next downloads an ESD, then decrypts it to a windows setup filesystem (sources\windows\) identical to the files and folders that are found on the resultant windows.iso.

    It also starts to make a minimal $Windows.~BT, containing sources\Panther in case an upgrade is continued immediately.

    One odd thing is that the Install.wim file on the iso for the DVD is not a normal WIM file, it fails to apply the image with DISM and cannot be extracted or examined in 7-zip. It may just be an ESD with an extension change to fool inquisitive folk for the moment.

    Now what I don't know is if the $windows.~WS also is created during the upgrade process for GA, because I haven't done that yet.

    The tool then can create a DVD or USB setup drive.

    Taking up about 6GB, It should be deleted if you have the Iso or USB setup drive. Clean up has not been told about this file extension yet. It will come in some later update.
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       30 Jul 2015 #17

    I think that the $windows.~WS folder is created when running Media creation tool.
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  8.    30 Jul 2015 #18

    werty said: View Post
    I think that the $windows.~WS folder is created when running Media creation tool.
    Indeed it is. The BT and the WS folders are the same thing, the feedstock for the Windows upgrade. If your copy of Win10 is activated, then you can run disk cleaner to get rid of the windows.old and the $windows --BT folders. The $windows---WS folder does NOT clean up by the disk cleaner. After a few reboots, I just deleted the folder after backing it up (just in case) and nothing has happened in the past day so looks OK to delete.
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  9.    31 Jul 2015 #19

    I deleted it .. from the command prompt (using troubleshooting / .. command prompt before bootup) .. it worked well and I have not experienced any problems at all.
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  10.    31 Jul 2015 #20

    The @WindowsSupport Twitter page advised me not to remove it just yet.

    Hello! That folder is a set up folder for Windows 10. We recommend not deleting it just yet.
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