Windows.old not auto deleting

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  1. Posts : 2,292
    Windows 10 Pro (64 bit)
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    Windows.old not auto deleting


    Hi, after an upgrade how long should it be til windows.old deletes itself? I think MS keeps changing it around perhaps. My understanding was after 10 days. Version 2004 installed 10 days ago (10 days and 10 hours ago to be exact). Iíve turned the machine on this evening given it about half hour of idle time to do its thing but still no deletion. I know sometimes it doesnít fully delete and can leave some residual small files behind but should be getting the 10-20 gigs back lost by the install. Yet that hasnít happened . I know it can be forced via disk clean up but would prefer it to do it automatically. So I was curious. Maybe it needs a lot of idle time to do it?
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  2. Posts : 2,078
    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    I never knew MS auto deleted it. I always manually deleted it.
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...ion-of-windows
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  3. Posts : 2,292
    Windows 10 Pro (64 bit)
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks, so it is 10 days. Just puzzled as to why Windows is not doing itself. But I will if it goes on a few more days do the method you have helpfully linked. It's a lot of storage to lose on an SSD drive!
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  4. Posts : 4,472
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
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    Plankton said:
    I never knew MS auto deleted it. I always manually deleted it.
    I like to keep it around, lol. (I have lots of space.)

    This is useful!

    Set Number of Days can Go Back to Previous Version of Windows



    @Scottyboy99 - You can also use Disk Cleanup in W10 if you want to get rid of it faster.
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
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  6. Posts : 4,472
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
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    I think that the Tutorials need a Google Search.

    Thanks.
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  7. Posts : 2,292
    Windows 10 Pro (64 bit)
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    Just to let you know that I left machine idle this evening for about 25 minutes. When I returned to it windows.old was gone and I got over 25 gigs back. So it seems that at least in my case 10 days was not the trigger point as it took 11 days before this kicked in. Anyway am pleased it worked as intended (kind of)
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  8. Posts : 25,092
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Scottyboy99 said:
    Just to let you know that I left machine idle this evening for about 25 minutes. When I returned to it windows.old was gone and I got over 25 gigs back. So it seems that at least in my case 10 days was not the trigger point as it took 11 days before this kicked in. Anyway am pleased it worked as intended (kind of)

    Glad it worked out in the end. I guess it gets triggered by a scheduled maintenance task. The timing of that should be daily, but at what hour seems fairly random. I suppose it could be up to 10 days 23 hours 59 minutes and still count as 'after 10 days'.

    I once got bored and watched......
    Bree said:
    I usually delete windows.old immediately with Disk Clean Up, but for my upgrade from 1607 to 1703 I was curious, so I sat out the 10 days and watched Windows automatically delete it 10 days and one hour after the upgrade.
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  9. Posts : 2,319
    Windows 10
       #9

    Don't worry about such mega trivialities. In my experience it is more like 14 days rather than 10 days.
    Forget about it, 11 days, so what, not exactly a disaster.

    If you really want to, as already mentioned, you can use disk cleanup.
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  10. Posts : 1
    Windows
       #10

    Windows.old folder is deleted automatically from C:\ drive. It is done in 30 days time. I got 40 GB free space back.
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