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Deleting windows.old folder from C:


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#1 ElfBane

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 09:57 AM

I'm satisfied with my Win10 upgrade (plus I have, and keep maintained, a clone of my Win7 system), and I would like to delete the Windows.old folder from my C: drive. However the delete process is not working. When I go to delete the folder, I have to provide Admin permission to continue the process, and I do so (I'm the single-user admin). A few moments later a window pops up saying I need SYSTEM permission to continue ... and I don't know what that is, so the process will go no further.

 

Any help in removing the large(25GB) windows.old folder from the C: drive is appreciated!



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Posted 21 August 2015 - 10:06 AM

Hi ElfBane :)

To delete the windows.old folder, you need to use the Windows Disk Cleanup utility. Click on the Start Menu and enter cleanmgr.exe. From there, execute it and make it scan your C: drive. Once done, click on the System files... button at the bottom and let it scan the C: drive again. In the new list, select Old Windows Installations (check it) and then click on Ok. This will get rid of the windows.old folder. The same can be done with CCleaner.

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 10:09 AM

I cant type today :) Looks like Aura beat me to it :)

 

Here is a picture walkthrough of the steps aura has given out http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2066-windows-old-folder-delete-windows-10-a.html


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Posted 21 August 2015 - 11:56 AM

Well after 30 days i hear it's removed anyways. It's there to be able to go back and you have 30 days to go back your you would have to do a system restore to go back after the 30 days.


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Posted 21 August 2015 - 11:59 AM

It's there to be able to go back and you have 30 days to go back your you would have to do a system restore to go back after the 30 days.


Not true. The windows.old folder is there if you want to downgrade back to the version of Windows you upgraded from (Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1). The System Restore cannot do that, it's used to restore the current Windows version to a previous date, not downgrade it.

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 01:32 PM

Yes I know the .old file is there to downgrade but you can only do that for 30 days. If you want to go back (AFTER 30 DAYS THE ONLY WAY) you have to use you Windows 7 or 8.1 system restore disks or USB system restores to go back. I read this at Microsoft site. Plus you can't upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 10. You can only go from Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 to Windows 10.


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Posted 21 August 2015 - 01:33 PM

These are called "Recovery" discs and/or USB, ot "Restore". There's a difference between the concept of "System Recovery" and "System Restore" under Windows :)

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 01:40 PM

Yes recovery mean you recover all the apps that were installed at the time of upgrade and restore sets back to factory setting.  But my statement was a quote directly from MS saying  "You have 30 to go back and after that you must use restore disk to go back."  Back to the OS you upgraded from. The main reason for this is you can't recover after 30 days because the .OLD won't be there. 


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Posted 21 August 2015 - 01:47 PM

Here's what you said originally:

you have 30 days to go back your you would have to do a system restore to go back after the 30 days.


Here's what a System Restore is: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/what-is-system-restore#1TC=windows-7

Hence why I said that what you said wasn't true :)

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 02:11 PM

Those are restore points within the same Windows version not going to a previous version of Windows. Yes i have used restore point before when I've had viruses and I went back before i was attacked. I haven't had one in years.  The disk your create are the the ones OEM's create from the system restore or recovery partition and are only on OEM machines.  


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Posted 21 August 2015 - 02:14 PM

Yes, exactly. So why did you say that the OP would have to use the System Restore feature to downgrade after 30 days when you just said that it doesn't work like that?

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 02:41 PM

I ment the manufacturers system restore Disks that you either get from OEM or make the disks yourself. If is the disk to set your system back to the factory setting. 


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Posted 21 August 2015 - 02:44 PM

In the future, please precise it in your post since as you can see, it leads to misunderstanding and false information being given :)

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 02:50 PM

My Dell  Alienware machine ask if i wanted to make restore USB drive the first time I logged in after purchasing.  When I installed Windows 10 I downloaded the ISO for clean installs and my Machine asked me is I wanted to make restore disk for WIndows 10 which is basically the same thing as the ISO i downloaded from MS Create media.  So I can do a system restore back to Windows 8.  The routine to downgrade to the OS you upgraded from is inside windows the system the restore point are also in windows but you have to create them. The system restore media you boot with the media it formats and installs the old OS. 


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Posted 21 August 2015 - 02:52 PM

In the future, please precise it in your post since as you can see, it leads to misunderstanding and false information being given :)

I've always called it a system restore. The difference one goes back to the same OS (with installed applications) and the other can go back to the same or different OS.


Edited by orlbuckeye, 21 August 2015 - 02:53 PM.

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