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A question regarding Windows.old folder

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#1 Ender1981


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Posted 01 July 2014 - 04:39 PM

Hi guys


This is possibly going to be a silly question, however I would like to be 100% sure that I can delete this folder.

I have re-installed Windows 7 over a previous Windows 7 due to having to upgrade my computer hardware, however I have this folder labeled Windows.old that is chomping up hdd space.  Will it affect my current Windows install if I delete this folder, or is there a specific way to remove it from my system?


Thanking you for your assistance.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 04:44 PM

 You can delete it whenever you're sure there's nothing in it you don't need to keep.  What you have running is completely independent of the windows.old folder.  The install process just puts it there so you can retrieve any of the old stuff you didn't save beforehand.


Good luck.

Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 04:47 PM

You can safely delete Windows.old without it affecting the current install.

Windows.old is a backup of your system created when you reinstall Windows.

Before deleting it, make sure there is nothing in it that you want to keep on the new install-documents, pictures, favorites, music, etc. Copy or move from Windows.old to wherever you want it to be.

I have deleted many Windows.old folders over the years and nothing was affected.

#4 Ender1981

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 04:48 PM

Thank you very much for your advice, I will delete it immediately :)

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 05:07 PM

Btw Disk Cleanup also offer to remove the folder:



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