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  1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 21
    windows 10
       02 Sep 2015 #1

    When will windows 10 delete windows old folder


    Hi,
    I've had windows installed since 31st July. Runs like a dream now and so well pleased with it. I thought that the old windows 7 - in the windows_old folder would be deleted by now. There was a restart of my computer and I thought that would have done it, but it was only the installation of a driver for the laptop touch pad. Shall I just delete this folder or let Microsoft do it some time in the future?
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Canada
    Posts : 801
    Windows 10 Home/10 Pro x 3/Windows 10 Insider Preview ?
       02 Sep 2015 #2

    Hello steve1711 the tutorial by Brink below may be of some help.

    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 10
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  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 21
    windows 10
       02 Sep 2015 #3

    IownAmoneyPit said: View Post
    Hello steve1711 the tutorial by Brink below may be of some help.

    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 10
    Wow - thanks for the info. I have loads of space on my hard drive so I might just leave it be. What I thought would happen is after 30 days windows would automatically delete the folder. I guess I'll wait and see.
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  4. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 21
    windows 10
       02 Sep 2015 #4

    All deleted


    Just checked computer after I booted up today. The Windows_old folder is now empty. Will mark this as sorted.
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  5. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       02 Sep 2015 #5

    Of course this is not the end.

    Using Acronis Disk Director, for example to look into unlabelled partitions on the boot drive.
    The is now an additional partition.
    where there was a 350MB NTFS with
    Recovery
    Recovery/Logs
    Recovery/WindowsRE files: boot.sdi, Reagent.xml, Winre.wim
    System Volume Information files tracking.log
    all the above files with dates of 2013 or 2014

    then there is the same kind of partition of 450MB this time
    Recovery
    Recovery/WindowsRE
    System Volume Information
    (no Recovery/Logs) this time.
    Same file names in the directories indicated before but now with 2015 August 13 dates except for boot.sdi which is july 10.

    That is a remnant of Windows 8 remains.

    The question is: is it deletable or do uuid's or guid's lurk within.

    John
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  6. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 10,908
    Windows 10 Pro / Windows 10 TP / Windows 8.1 Pro / Windows 7 Pro
       02 Sep 2015 #6

    Hi johng,

    These partitions are recovery partitions as you may have guessed, accessible when you can't boot into windows.
    1 is from Microsoft and 1 is from the manufacturer (motherboard manufacturer when using a desktop).

    I wouldn't delete any of them. I have 4 of them, in case 1 of them fails I have 3 left.
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  7.    02 Sep 2015 #7

    johng said: View Post
    Same file names in the directories indicated before but now with 2015 August 13 dates except for boot.sdi which is july 10.

    That is a remnant of Windows 8 remains.

    The question is: is it deletable or do uuid's or guid's lurk within.

    John
    I have boot.sdi with last maintained date of 2015/7/10 also. This is on a clean install though so it is not a remnant of anything (I have it in C:\Windows\Recovery\WindowsRE as I only have one partition).

    Don't delete it - it is an empty RAM disk template used for running recovery.
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  8. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       02 Sep 2015 #8

    axe0 said: View Post
    Hi johng,

    These partitions are recovery partitions as you may have guessed, accessible when you can't boot into windows.
    1 is from Microsoft and 1 is from the manufacturer (motherboard manufacturer when using a desktop).

    I wouldn't delete any of them. I have 4 of them, in case 1 of them fails I have 3 left.
    Yes I am well aware of them I have had to semi-manually had to create them in doing a messy recovery and conversion to GPT.

    But the point is that what is left over is a mixture of Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

    John
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  9. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       02 Sep 2015 #9

    halasz said: View Post
    I have boot.sdi with last maintained date of 2015/7/10 also. This is on a clean install though so it is not a remnant of anything (I have it in C:\Windows\Recovery\WindowsRE as I only have one partition).

    Don't delete it - it is an empty RAM disk template used for running recovery.
    Indeed that you should have but in my case after an upgrade I have Windows 8.1 remnants as well as Windows 10.
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  10. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 10,908
    Windows 10 Pro / Windows 10 TP / Windows 8.1 Pro / Windows 7 Pro
       02 Sep 2015 #10

    I don't know if you did a clean install and since when you have your pc, but I doubt that it is a lefover from windows 8.1, see halasz reply #7 for a part of the reason.
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