Windows 10: Removing Windows.old in Spring Update

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       04 May 2018 #11

    Wiley Coyote said: View Post
    I decided to go ahead and ran the Disk Cleanup Utility. Got rid of Windows.old and all the related files. Rather quickly compared to previous times.
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  2.    04 May 2018 #12

    It cleared nearly 18 Gigs from the Windows.old Directory but the Directory itself still remains. I think it was the old Directory from last Fall that will not disappear and after attempting to remove it manually the last two times bringing distastrous resutls, I'll be leaving it alone. The Disk Cleanup wouldn't remove it last Fall for some weird and wonderful reason and that's my reason for bringing it up here again. I was kind of hoping Microsoft had come up with something to rectify that but since it's not hurting anything, I'll leave it be. BUT if there is someone out there that has got a solid answer as to why and how to remove, please do advise.
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  3.    04 May 2018 #13

    You can boot from a Recovery Disk into WinRE (recovery environment) or WinPE (preinstallation environment). If you can get to the command prompt from there, you should be able to navigate to the parent folder (usually C:\) and delete the contents, then the folder, at the command line there. Or, as somebody else would otherwise observe, you could boot to a Linux OS from a USB stick, and do the same thing from the Linux command line instead.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  4.    04 May 2018 #14

    Ok, but let's suppose there is something in those contents that Windows wants and if deleted, will that not again stop the computer from rebooting?
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  5.    04 May 2018 #15

    I've seen drivers get picked up and remain in use from Windows.old in the wake of an upgrade. That's the only "file hangover" I've ever experienced or heard about in this kind of situation. It's not desirable to keep an old image around for use in the new runtime, especially for drivers. When that happens I go into Device Manager and make sure the drivers in use are from the current image/runtime not the previous or preceding one.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  6.    04 May 2018 #16

    So you feel a driver or drivers can stop the computer from rebooting? So when you say "It's not desirable to keep an old image around for use in the new runtime, especially for drivers" ... you mean, that old Directory should be removed, correct? And yet, it has presented no problems since last year. I've been told by another Technician to leave it alone. I'm in a spot where I am anything but Tech Savy and having had several times when the computer refuses to reboot after removing that Folder, you can see why I'm very apprehensive. I wish you lived next door.
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  7.    04 May 2018 #17

    Ed, you said, "When that happens I go into Device Manager and make sure the drivers in use are from the current image/runtime not the previous or preceding one" ... my question is, how do you know if the drivers are from a current image or a preceding one?
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  8.    04 May 2018 #18

    If you try to delete the contents of the Windows.old, and it leaves files behind, you can tell what's what by looking to see which ones are left. Over the past 3 years, for example, I've seen three occasions on various PCs where the RealTek audio driver from Windows.old remains the active/in-place driver despite an upgrade. By deleting everything I could, then navigating down the folder/file tree to see what was left, I could tell precisely what was going on. The same techniques may also work for you, one would hope!
    --Ed--
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  9.    04 May 2018 #19

    When I removed (supposedly) the Windows.old Directory, everything was gone and no reboot. Three times down and I'm out. Done trying but appreciate your ideas. I'd have to have you with hands on to take care of that. Since it is not creating any grief, I'm just going to leave the thing alone, well, I've hidden it.
    Next time I have a Tech to back up the Drive, I'm going to get him to remove the Folder and if it doesn't reboot, who cares. I'll just copy from my Backup and will know for sure to leave it alone. Thanks again for coming in on this Ed.
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  10.    06 May 2018 #20

    You're welcome. Hope you can eventually get it sorted. Sorry for your trouble.
    --Ed--
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