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#1 zakisbak

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Posted 15 May 2015 - 07:29 AM

Hi

I installed Vista,previously had xp.

There is a large file called windows.old that seems to be copy of my old xp files.
Is it ok to delete windows.old?

I have transferred some files from windows.old to hard drive,will this remain?

Thanks



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Posted 15 May 2015 - 07:32 AM

Hi zakisbak :)

The windows.old folder is created when you do an "Upgrade" installation of Windows. All your personal data will be stored in that folder at the root of the C:. It is totally safe to delete if you don't have any use for it. Instead of the traditionnal right-click and "Delete" method, which can fail for this folder, I suggest you to do try to delete it with the Windows Disk Cleanup (cleanmgr.exe) tool instead. You'll have an option called "Previous installation of Windows" in the list, and this will take care of that folder.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/delete-files-using-disk-cleanup#delete-files-using-disk-cleanup=windows-8

If I recall correctly, you'll have to use the "Clean up system files" option to see "Previous installation of Windows" listed.

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Posted 15 May 2015 - 07:58 AM

Thanks Aura

Swift reply! :bananas:



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Posted 15 May 2015 - 07:59 AM

No problem zakisbak, let me know how it goes :)

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Posted 21 May 2015 - 06:41 PM

can i zip my windows old file. seems too big.:)



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Posted 21 May 2015 - 06:41 PM

There's no point in zipping it. If you zip it, it won't be picked up by the Disk Cleanup. Simply follow the instructions below in order to delete it :)

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