1.    08 Mar 2017 #1
    Join Date : Mar 2016
    Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Home

    Fresh Install


    Hello, I just did a fresh install of Windows 10 Home. I opted to delete everything (save nothing) to try to get a totally clean install. Overall, I'd say it worked fine. A couple of questions though...
    • For some reason, it looks like the install process saved a copy of my old system to a "Windows.old" directory. It won't allow me to delete this (even when using disk cleanup tool). Any idea how I can delete this to get my disk space back?
    • Does defragmenting the drive do much?
    • I have one item in the device manager that is saying it's not installed (the driver's aren't). Any idea how I can figure out what is needed?


    Thanks in advance!
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  2.    09 Mar 2017 #2
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 5,865
    Windows10

    When using disk cleanup, you have to click to remove old system files and check all boxes in popup list. Sometimes it does not remove every file - boot to safe mode to delete.
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  3.    09 Mar 2017 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,342
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by YodaHulk View Post
    For some reason, it looks like the install process saved a copy of my old system to a "Windows.old" directory. It won't allow me to delete this (even when using disk cleanup tool). Any idea how I can delete this to get my disk space back?
    Start with this:
    Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10

    Option 2. Select everything in the list, then OK.

    Quote Originally Posted by YodaHulk View Post
    Does defragmenting the drive do much?
    If it is an SSD, you don't want to defrag it. If it is a hard disk drive, defragging might improve performance a little bit.

    Quote Originally Posted by YodaHulk View Post
    I have one item in the device manager that is saying it's not installed (the driver's aren't). Any idea how I can figure out what is needed?
    Right click on the device. Select properties. The details tab. Select Hardware IDs from the drop down list. Copy the Hardware ID. Google it. Then you will have to look on the manufacturer website for the driver.
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  4.    09 Mar 2017 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
    Posts : 1,386
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

    Sometimes there`s a driver you`re still using in the windows.old folder, so you can`t delete it.

    If all else fails, a live version of Linux will do the trick.
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  5.    09 Mar 2017 #5
    Join Date : Mar 2016
    Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter

    Below is the hardware ID for the item in the Device Manager that I can't seem to find a driver for. Any thoughts?

    ACPI\VEN_SMO&DEC_8800
    ACPI\SMO8800
    *SMO8800
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  6.    09 Mar 2017 #6
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,342
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by YodaHulk View Post
    Below is the hardware ID for the item in the Device Manager that I can't seem to find a driver for. Any thoughts?

    ACPI\VEN_SMO&DEC_8800
    ACPI\SMO8800
    *SMO8800
    Unknown Device - on PCI Bus - ACPI\SMO8800 / ~SMO8800 - IRQ 0x00000017 (23) - Productivity Software Forum - Software & Operating Systems - Dell Community
      My ComputerSystem Spec

 


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