Windows 10: Is it safe to delete windows.old after spring update Solved

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  1.    06 May 2018 #11

    Bree said: View Post
    Sadly, not all users are as aware as you are. Some don't realise the value of imaging until they learn the hard way....
    Exactly right ^^ about 10 years back or so, I was making a backup before I formatted and clean installed. I did not pay attention to what I was doing. When deleting the partitions for Windows. I accidentally deleted the backup drive partition. At the time I had everything on my OS drive so it was only a matter of rebooting to make another backup.

    It could have been a disaster. Making a backup is the only way to go when doing anything that can mess up the Windows drive booting. Take care with what you delete and always have a backup.
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       06 May 2018 #12

    Access Denied said: View Post
    ...always have a backup.
    Even my backups have backups :)
    My usual routine is to make a system image on another partition of the same drive (for convenience) then make an image of the whole drive on an external HDD.
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  3.    06 May 2018 #13

    Thank you for all replies concerning my thread start...i have solved the issue as to why i had to do a pc reset ( in fact i had to another one !...)

    The reason was i use Advanced Systemcare from Iobit and have been using this since the original Windows 10 with no problems until Spring Update...i ran Junk file scan and as usual deleted them...but then i could not reboot pc to desktop.Upon investigation it scanned Windows 10.old folder even though i excluded it from scanning...the Advanced Systemcare assumed there were junk file in it...this was the problem.
    However, Advanced Systemcare scanned Windows 10.old folder in original Windows 10 and had no problems with rebooting.
    I suspect there is a bug with Advanced Systemcare and Spring Update...and using CCleaner and System Ninja and the moment and pc is running ok now.

    As yet i have had no reply from Iobit concerning Spring Update and Advanced Systemcare 11 (latest version).
    Have read various articles concerning Pc clean up utilities where some files are deleted than are needed for operating system especially when they clean some files within the registry ie so-called ' un-needed files '
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  4.    06 May 2018 #14

    I delete the Windows.Old folder about 20 minutes after an upgrade. I always use Macrium Reflect to make a full image before the upgrade. I would recommend that everyone do this with Macrium Reflect or the equivalent tool of your choice. I also use an external drive for the backup image.
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  5.    09 May 2018 #15

    I updated to 1803 without issue and a few days later ran Disk Clean-up to remove the previous install stuff. It worked because I reclaimed a lot of GBs in space but the Windows.old folder remains on C:\ I cannot manually delete it either. Any ideas?

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