New Windows 10 folders, $WINDOWS.~BT and $Windows.~WS

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    Windows 1.00 to Windows 11 Pro 64-bit Build 22000.194
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    New Windows 10 folders, $WINDOWS.~BT and $Windows.~WS


    Upgraded Windows 8.1 then clean install. No problems, activated.

    Was checking my C: drive and the folders $WINDOWS.~BT and $Windows.~WS have appeared. There is an install.esd there dated 9th of August.

    Any ideas what's going on? Service Release 1?


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    Windows 10 Pro (Mix of Builds) / Linux Mint
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    That is from your windows 10 install ...

    If you use disc clean up and take the extra step to clean system files and then you can choose to remove thru that.
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    Windows 1.00 to Windows 11 Pro 64-bit Build 22000.194
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    RWOne said:
    That is from your windows 10 install ...

    If you use disc clean up and take the extra step to clean system files and then you can choose to remove thru that.
    They weren't there yesterday. Why would the install.esd be dated 9th August?. I cleaned installed on 30th July
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    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
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    The date may have been changed by an update that ended up only going on ? today? The installation of the update accessed the file as part of the installation of that. This would seem to happen if you have the updates set to check for newer and install automatically which is the default setting.
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    Windows 1.00 to Windows 11 Pro 64-bit Build 22000.194
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    Night Hawk said:
    The date may have been changed by an update that ended up only going on ? today? The installation of the update accessed the file as part of the installation of that. This would seem to happen if you have the updates set to check for newer and install automatically which is the default setting.
    Lazy sunday here. Think I'll run setup and upgrade and check the delta number
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    Windows 10
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    I don't have these on mine

    But is it possible if tomorrows patch is large they are going to start sending it out early to machines, like they did when 10 came out
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    Windows 1.00 to Windows 11 Pro 64-bit Build 22000.194
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    paulsalter said:
    I don't have these on mine

    But is it possible if tomorrows patch is large they are going to start sending it out early to machines, like they did when 10 came out
    string in Registry is 10240.16412.......
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  8. Posts : 14,576
    Windows 10 IoT
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    Did you use the Media Creation Tool to download an ISO or create bootable media? http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/softw...load/windows10 I do believe that's where the $Windows.~WS folder comes from, and it also uses the $WINDOWS.~BT folder, and creates it if its not already there. Disk cleanup will get ride of the $WINDOWS.~BT folder. The other one I'm pretty sure I had to delete manually.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Before you remove that folder, you might want to convert the install.esd file thats in there to an iso so you have a copy of your current Windows 10 installation.
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    Windows 10 IoT
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    swarfega said:
    Before you remove that folder, you might want to convert the install.esd file thats in there to an iso so you have a copy of your current Windows 10 installation.
    Why not just use the MCT to create an ISO? Same thing right? IMHO using the MCT to create the ISO is the easier method.
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