Can I delete Windows.old?


  1. Posts : 273
    Windows 10 x64 bits
       #1

    Can I delete Windows.old?


    Hello,

    Finally my second computer is ready to Update Windows 10 version 2004

    In my first computer I noticed a folder called Windows.old, Can I delete this folder?

    Thanks
    Camelia

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  2. Posts : 7,048
    windows 10
       #2

    Not as such as its protected you have to run diskclean let it scan the drive then do a second scan for system files it should then find it and you can remove all the old install see How to Delete Windows.old Folder and Files from Windows 10 - YouTube
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  3. Posts : 16,365
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #3

    Hello @camelia,

    camelia said:
    In my first computer I noticed a folder called Windows.old, Can I delete this folder?
    That folder is created when you upgrade from one version of Windows to another. It contains ALL the files and data from your previous Windows installation. You can use it to RESTORE the OS back to the old version of Windows or mount it and retrieve files and folders.

    If you are happy with the way the OS is running and performing then it is OK to delete. You can delete it through Disk Cleanup. It gets automatically deleted after 10 days anyway!

    You could actually back it up somewhere first though.

    More information here => Delete Windows.old Folder in Windows 10.

    I hope this helps!
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  4. Posts : 40,004
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #4

    The windows.old can be:
    a) automatically deleted (typically > 10 days after a windows upgrade
    b) manually deleted if you plan not to return to an older windows version/build
    c) saved to another drive or the cloud as a backup option in case there is in the future: malware, ransomware, corruption of the operating system or registry, failure to boot, unexpected drive failure, etc.
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  5. Posts : 273
    Windows 10 x64 bits
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Paul Black said:
    Hello @camelia,


    That folder is created when you upgrade from one version of Windows to another. It contains ALL the files and data from your previous Windows installation. You can use it to RESTORE the OS back to the old version of Windows or mount it and retrieve files and folders.

    If you are happy with the way the OS is running and performing then it is OK to delete. You can delete it through Disk Cleanup. It gets automatically deleted after 10 days anyway!

    You could actually back it up somewhere first though.

    More information here => Delete Windows.old Folder in Windows 10.

    I hope this helps!
    Thank you @Paul Black

    Yes I am happy with the way the OS is running and performing

    So I will use

    Delete Windows.old Folder in Windows 10

    OPTION FIVE
    Delete "Windows.old" and "$Windows.~BT" Folders in Storage Sense Settings

    Thanks
    Camelia
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  6. Posts : 16,365
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #6

    camelia said:
    Thank you @Paul Black
    Camelia
    You are VERY welcome!
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  7. Posts : 273
    Windows 10 x64 bits
    Thread Starter
       #7

    camelia said:
    Hello,
    Finally my second computer is ready to Update Windows 10 version 2004
    In my first computer I noticed a folder called Windows.old, Can I delete this folder?
    Thanks
    Camelia
    Hello again
    I am not happy with the way the OS is running and performing in my second computer, because I have a mess and I will need more time to fix it and backup it, it will take time, will I still getting security updates for version Win 1909 OR my system is not secure anymore if I not install asap Win 2004 update?

    Thanks
    Camelia

    Can I delete Windows.old?-win1909.jpg

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    Someone can help me?

    Thanks
    Camelia
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  8. Posts : 35
    windows 10
       #8

    yes, i did
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  9. Posts : 273
    Windows 10 x64 bits
    Thread Starter
       #9

    bdogg said:
    yes, i did
    Where in this forum your helped me?




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  10. Posts : 13,301
    Windows 10 Pro (x64) 21H2 19044.1526
       #10

    camelia said:
    Hello again
    I am not happy with the way the OS is running and performing in my second computer, because I have a mess and I will need more time to fix it and backup it, it will take time, will I still getting security updates for version Win 1909 OR my system is not secure anymore if I not install asap Win 2004 update?

    Thanks
    Camelia

    Can I delete Windows.old?-win1909.jpg

    - - - Updated - - -

    Someone can help me?

    Thanks
    Camelia
    If your not planning to roll back to an earlier Windows version Then yes Windows.old can be deleted through\
    DiskClean (Type into the search box.) or you can wait (I think it is 10 days) and windows will delete it
    Automatically.
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