Should I delete a folder called Windows.old ??


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    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
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    Should I delete a folder called Windows.old ??


    Acer laptop, i3 CPU, M 370, 2.40GHz, 2.40GHz, 8GB RAM, 320GB HDD

    Win10 x 64, Home, 1903, 24-06-2019, 18362.356

    Another looong update 10-09-2019 or thereabouts

    284GB occupied, 94GB free on HDD

    Regular cCleaner and Auslogics defrag keep it all running as OK as can be expected. 7 years old.

    Would like to clear out HDD, who doesn't? The likeliest folder looks like Windows.old @ 9.81GB but trying to rename it to xxxx.yy-DELETE-ME reports 'in use try later'. Is it really in use?

    Should one just let sleeping folders lie? As long as they are not known data, eg., Lightroom Catalogue, MS Office work, etc.
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
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    Thanks Z. My personal whole disk space reporter is SCANNER by Steffen Gerlach 2009, V2.10. It is free, or was, a nice display, but not fast to get it all logged.

    As to how to delete/rename Windows.old or other folders I wish I had old X-TREE where all attributes were on show and changeable. To find a locked file I will have to search & test 220,000 files in Windows.old. I'd rather watch Brexit in Parliament.
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    Windows.old is normally removed by the system after a set time (10 days after feature upgrade, I think), it can also be removed by using either disk clean up (remove old windows installations check box) or using the new storage sense option.
    I would try those steps before messing with file and folder attributes.
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    Windows 10
       #5

    Just leave it, it is in use. The contents will be auto-deleted after roughly 10 days from a version update, usually a bit longer than that, tends to be 14 days on mine.
    It is basically your old version of Windows 10 files which enables you to return to the old version easily.

    You can manually empty that folder before then by going to:
    Settings > System > Storage > Temporary files > Tick the box for Windows update Clean-up or whatever.

    You can also use Storage sense or the old Control Panel route if you wish.

    No need for all those complex options in the tutorials.
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    Solved


    2165 and Helmut. Thank you for replies.
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