Windows 10: Can Windows (old) folder be deleted

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  1.    16 Sep 2015 #1

    Can Windows (old) folder be deleted


    Can the "Windows (old)" folder be deleted safely?

    I only have a 128g ssd for my operating system, and 25gig is being taken up by a folder called Windows (old)

    I would like to free up some space.
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  2.    16 Sep 2015 #2

    The Windows old folder can be safely deleted but Microsoft gives you 30 days to change you mind and go back to Wn 7 or Win 8. If you delete it before the 30 days you can not go back. If you are sure you want to stay with Win 10 it is safe to delete. If you are not sure use Win 10 for a week or two and then make up your mind.
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  3. Posts : 14,874
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       16 Sep 2015 #3

    Do not do it directly, but use Disk Cleanup run as administrator.
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  4. Posts : 705
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       16 Sep 2015 #4

    TrustMe said: View Post
    The Windows old folder can be safely deleted but Microsoft gives you 30 days to change you mind and go back to Wn 7 or Win 8. If you delete it before the 30 days you can not go back.
    You can still go back to your old os without windows.old. You can also go back to your old os after 30 days. In both scenarios, you just do a clean install of your old os.
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  5. Posts : 20,696
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       16 Sep 2015 #5

    Hello WolfCreek, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    In addition: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
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  6.    16 Sep 2015 #6

    WhyMe said: View Post
    You can still go back to your old os without windows.old. You can also go back to your old os after 30 days. In both scenarios, you just do a clean install of your old os.
    You can go back but all your settings and programs will be lost.
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  7.    16 Sep 2015 #7

    Brink, I ran the process described in the tutorial. I still have two folders (with subfolders and files) remaining, and when I use the elevated command prompt process I get access denied. I took ownership of both folders and full control permissions, but when I try to delete some of them I get denied because the file is in use. For example, in the Windows.old>Program Files>en-US folder the wmpnetwk.exe.mui file (the only one in it) will not delete saying that the file is open by the Windows Media sharing process. The other folder under Program Files is Windows Defender with seven files in it. (I'm hesitant to mess with these because I'm nervous because of the Windows Defender folder and not wanting to mess anything up). There second of the two folders just under Windows.old is Windows with 1,470 files in it. Any advice?
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  8. Posts : 20,696
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       16 Sep 2015 #8

    PJLLB said: View Post
    Brink, I ran the process described in the tutorial. I still have two folders (with subfolders and files) remaining, and when I use the elevated command prompt process I get access denied. I took ownership of both folders and full control permissions, but when I try to delete some of them I get denied because the file is in use. For example, in the Windows.old>Program Files>en-US folder the wmpnetwk.exe.mui file (the only one in it) will not delete saying that the file is open by the Windows Media sharing process. The other folder under Program Files is Windows Defender with seven files in it. (I'm hesitant to mess with these because I'm nervous because of the Windows Defender folder and not wanting to mess anything up). There second of the two folders just under Windows.old is Windows with 1,470 files in it. Any advice?
    Anything in Windows.old is safe to delete if you don't want it.

    You might see if you could delete it at boot using a command prompt at boot opened from installation media while it's not in use.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...a.html#option3
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  9.    16 Sep 2015 #9

    I belong to another forum and got this procedure from there. It was posted by Zardoc
    I followed this and it worked great. Hope it helps.

    Delete Windows.OLD Folder


    Boot in system recovery options and run this command (command line: C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe -r -o -f -t 02 -c "Restart 2 seconds!!")
    Go to Click/tap on Advanced options.
    Command Prompt


    diskpart
    list volume
    Check and make sure the drive letter of your windows 10 drive.
    exit
    RD /S /Q "C:\Windows.old"


    (C= Win root)
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  10. Posts : 20,696
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       16 Sep 2015 #10

    TrustMe said: View Post
    I belong to another forum and got this procedure from there. It was posted by Zardoc
    I followed this and it worked great. Hope it helps.

    Delete Windows.OLD Folder


    Boot in system recovery options and run this command (command line: C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe -r -o -f -t 02 -c "Restart 2 seconds!!")
    Go to Click/tap on Advanced options.
    Command Prompt


    diskpart
    list volume
    Check and make sure the drive letter of your windows 10 drive.
    exit
    RD /S /Q "C:\Windows.old"


    (C= Win root)
    Yep, that's what I posted above for OPTION THREE below.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...a.html#option3
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