Windows 10: Curious about windows.old not being automatically being removed Solved

  1.    26 Nov 2017 #1

    Curious about windows.old not being automatically being removed


    I'm working on an Acer ES1-533 Win10 laptop. On Nov 16 it updated to version 1709 (OS Build 16299.64) from 1703.
    Windows.old (24.8 GB) is dated Nov 16 and I thought it would be automatically removed 10 days after the update but here it is Nov 26 and it's still there.
    --- Am I wrong in expecting it to be automatically removed 10 days after the update?
    --- I am not interested in removing it at this time as I can ask the owner to let me see if it's still there after 30 days out of curiosity.
    --- Actually I'm thinking of leaving it alone either way. The way the owner user uses their computer leaves something to be desired.
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  2. Posts : 207
    Windows 10 Professional 64bit
       26 Nov 2017 #2

    It used to be a 30-day timer, but the automatic deletion can be a hit or miss from what I find. If you wish to remove it, you can do so using Disk Cleanup.

    Delete Windows.old Folder in Windows 10 Performance Maintenance Tutorials
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  3.    26 Nov 2017 #3

    That is a good tutorial to refer to. Although it mentions "The Windows.old folder will be automatically deleted 10 days after you upgraded." the FCU is an update, maybe that makes a difference. I'll wait to see what the status is after 30 days.

    EDIT: For recording purposes only.
    I checked a friends Win10 desktop this morning on which I had used Clean Install Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials . He had 1607 but was having issues, I decided to do that and it installed 1709 on 11/15/17 and it runs fine: no issues. Here it is 11/27/17, 12 days later. I don't know what it's for but the only item I see is $RecycleBin. Maybe there wasn't a windows.old within the 10 day period but I guess I'll never know.
    --- BTW, these tutorials on this forum are excellent.
    Last edited by MeAndMyComputer; 27 Nov 2017 at 08:10.
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  4. Posts : 207
    Windows 10 Professional 64bit
       27 Nov 2017 #4

    Yes, the tutorials are quite professional. It's something I quite like to see.

    Check back here in 30 days, but I personally just remove them using Disk Cleanup.
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  5.    27 Nov 2017 #5

    MeAndMyComputer said: View Post
    I'm working on an Acer ES1-533 Win10 laptop. On Nov 16 it updated to version 1709 (OS Build 16299.64) from 1703. Windows.old (24.8 GB) is dated Nov 16 and I thought it would be automatically removed 10 days after the update but here it is Nov 26 and it's still there.
    --- Interesting : Today 11/27/17 Windows.old is 0 bytes.
    I didn't mention this in my original post but Disk Cleanup had been reporting Previous Windows Installation(s) 27.2GB.
    Today 11/27/17 Disk Cleanup reports Previous Windows Installation(s) 1.01GB.
    --- I did not have Previous Windows Installation(s) checked as I wanted to see what would happen naturally.

    EDIT: Revised summary. The 10-day period does apply.
    Last edited by MeAndMyComputer; 29 Nov 2017 at 17:46.
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