I had Vista on my laptop and got Win7 today and finally installed it after buying an external hard drive and moving all my stuff over to it. I went with the clean (or "custom") install because I wanted to clean out all the junk and just keep what I had backed up.
The first problem I had was finding that there were two partitions on the machine - the regular one and the Recovery one (which, I assume, was placed there by the manufacturer). I didn't know whether the recovery partition was an image of the clean install of Vista or if it was some other form of recovery, so I left it. I moved on to installing on the regular partition, thinking it would wipe it or format it or whatever like I had always heard (I didn't manually format the drive since I got an upgrade license of Win7 and heard that you had to have an existing install of Vista or XP for it to activate... so I didn't want to take the chance of it not working).
So, yay, it's finally installed and all. However, there's a folder in C called "Windows.old", which apparently contains the entirety of my old files (including Program Files and such), and the files and folders that were in C previously are still there.
So my questions are as follows:
Are the programs still installed (they don't show up in the control panel's "Uninstall a Program", but I want to make sure)?
Is the old registry stuff still there? I don't want to deal with old registry errors and such that I was hoping to wipe out.
Can I just delete the whole "Windows.old" folder to safely recover all my hard drive space that it's taking up?
Also, should I have left that Recovery partition there? What should I do with that in the future? Should I be making some sort of image of the clean install of the OS or something?
Should I have (and could I safely have) just formatted the regular partition before installing the OS (even though it was an upgrade license)?
Thanks for any info and help!
Edited by Orca239, 24 October 2009 - 09:54 PM.