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$Windows~BT File In Windows 7

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#1 sikntired


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Posted 16 September 2015 - 06:20 PM

Not sure as to where to post this. Windows 7, Windows 10 or All Other Applications. Mods please move to where you deem correct.


I downloaded and installed a program called "Everything" which is a neat little utility showing files installed on your OS. Not the most computer-literate, so bear with me if I use(d) the wrong terminology. The program was recommended by a fellow member.


It is like a search engine for locating things installed on your computer. I came across this $Windows~BT and knew that this was for the Windows 10 Update and was installed on 7-28-2015. This was before I changed my update from "Automatic" to "Check for Updates but let me decide whether to download and install".


I've noticed that this has taken up quite a bit of space. My weekly system backups have taken longer to complete as well as taking up more disc space on dvd's.


My question: Should I leave it be or should I delete it. I might add that I have no intention of updating to Windows 10 at this time. However that's not to say that I would not in the future (next year before free upgrade has expired, maybe).


Thanks for your thoughts.

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Posted 16 September 2015 - 07:27 PM

$Windows.~BT and $Windows.~WS* folders  are the two folders on the root drive If you want to upgrade  to Windows 10. These two folders have been created to pre-load windows update to windows 10.  


You can exclude these two folders on your weekly backup.


C:/$Windows.~BT is the folder location


*This folder doesn't always appear on your root drive but its related to Windows 10 after you upgrade if you want to revert back to windows 7.  windows.old folder has to be intact to do this 


I would recommend leave it alone untill you are certain you are not going upgrade to window 10.

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#3 AlicePhoebe


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Posted 18 September 2015 - 08:43 PM

if you are sure you no longer need any of the files in those folders and all of your data and apps have been migrated successfully, it is a good idea to remove these two folders to reclaim that space for other programs to use, If it has little effect, just leave it alone

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