I assume that Windows created this which appears to contain a version of Windows 10.
Why has it been left after the upgrade?
Can it be safely removed?
If you are satisfied with how Windows 10 is performing, yes, it is safe to delete it.
FYI........... if you open $Windows.~BT > then open Sources folder > you will find an item called Install.esd.
Users like to use that to convert it to an ISO file which can be used for reinstall or burn it to a bootable media and use it to do a clean install.
You might want to save the Install.esd to an external hard drive for future use.
After that, feel free to delete $Windows.~BT .
You can delete it by running the built-in Disk Cleanup program.
How to remove the Windows.old and $Windows.~BT folders after you upgrade Windows
Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 10
Last edited by Brink; 05 Dec 2015 at 11:50.
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I've just installed Windows 10 via the Media Creation Tool (MCT) USB. I have that Sources folder size 560MB but it doesn't contain install.esd.
Maybe we don't get this file when Windows 10 is installed via the MCT USB since we have the installation files on USB anyway?
See if this will help. No guarantees.
Open File Explorer Options > View > put a dot at Show hidden files, folders, and drives > UN-check " Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) > OK
I am sorry.
I don't know what else I can help you.
This is probably irrelevant, but you said you used USB drive.
I never do. I always use either a DVD for clean install, or use the iso file to do an in-place upgrade.
MCT uses a different method - the install.esd is on the USB in the sources folder
Steve C said:
According to this post of yours, you have the Install.esd from MCT Sources folder.
Steve C said:
Would you mind telling me how you finally got it this time while you didn't last time ?
I would like to know for future reference.