1.    08 Dec 2015 #1
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    Win7 to win10 can i delete this folder?


    I went from Windows 7 pro to Win10 pro and i noticed that there is a Windows.old folder on the C drive that is 22gig in size, if im correct that is the windows 7 installation right? can this folder be deleted?
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  2.    08 Dec 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2014
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    Windows.old contains your old Windows 7 to allow you to roll back if you choose. Once deleted you cannot roll back.
    Here's how to delete it:
    Open Admin command pront, copy and paste the following line then run:
    %SystemRoot%\System32\Cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:65535

    NOTE: Put a check mark on everything except: Setup logs files, answer Yes when prompt for confirmation
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  3.    09 Dec 2015 #3
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    thanks topgundcp, i want to delete it because Windows is installed on a 120gig ssd drive with limited space. i dont plan on going back to win 7 and if i do just do a clean rebuild.
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  4.    09 Dec 2015 #4
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    i ran the command and selected everything except system logs and clicked on clean up system files it does no prompt me with anything. i then click ok and the window closes the windows.old folder was not deleted?
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  5.    09 Dec 2015 #5
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    ok i finally ran the cleanup but the windows.old folder is still there. I need to free up room for my hard drive it is only 120gig ssd.
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  6.    09 Dec 2015 #6
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    Boot into safe mode by holding down shift while clicking restart from the power icon. Try deleting it in safe mode.
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  7.    13 Dec 2015 #7
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    thanks finally worked after i changed the owner of the folder, its weird Win10 is pretty anoying with folders and files even though im a admin i have to make myslef owner of files and folders.
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