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Return to Windows 7 from Windows 10


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#1 DallasCop2566

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 04:29 AM

I had upgraded to Windows 10 on two desk top and one laptop computer during the free upgrade period.

 

All was well with one desktop and the laptop, but I was continually having problems with the other desktop. 

 

I had the Installation Program for Windows 7 on a flash drive, so I re-installed Windows 7.  It is working well, no problems.

 

I however observe two VERY LARGE Files:    windows.old    and      windows.old.000            that appeared on my C: Drive after the re-installation procedure.  If I recall correctly, the file windows.old appeared after the upgrade to Windows 10 and the file windows.old.000 appeared after the re-install of Windows 7.

 

I assume these two files are for returning to the previous operating system.  There is no way I would want to return to Windows 10 on this machine, so may I delete these two files?



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Posted 02 February 2017 - 08:16 AM

I would delete them.

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/223821/what-is-the-windows.old-folder-and-how-do-you-delete-it/

 

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 10:04 AM

Thank you Louis, followed the article you suggested and learned a lot. 



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Posted 02 February 2017 - 10:13 AM

:thumbsup2:, happy computing :).

 

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 02:22 PM

During a scan I found more " old " things that can be deleted. Goto " Computer " and type in the searchbar: .old
At least 3 items should pop up. Delete them. That's all and have nice day. Greetings from the Netherlands.

@ DallasCop2566 Don't forget to run a defrag program after deleting. Your pc's will run faster after defrag.

Excuse me for forgetting one detail. Run a register cleaning program and delete the keys. Why? Hundreds register-keys of former installations are still on the computer. After deleting run a register-defrag program and you will "love" your pc again.
 
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Posted 06 February 2017 - 02:40 PM

Defragging an HDD is an excellent suggestion; however, if you are running an SSD it is recommended that you do not run any defrag utility. First, it is not needed with an SSD which does not fragment saved files. Second, it creates additional stress on the SSD that decreases its life span.

 Re: register cleaning programs. I strongly suggest that you do not run any register cleaner, defragger, optimizer, etc. etc. on your drive. There are a ton of these things advertised on the internet, usually when someone Googles "computer help", or "virus help" or some such. They all start with a vanilla explanation, and immediately launch into "usually these problems are caused by a bloated registry, we recommend immediately cleaning your registry with the "blah, blah, blah" "super-duper optimizer", etc. Most of these are total scams, and can install rootkit viruses, damage your system, or worse. Do not mess with your register unless you totally know what you are doing, and are experience in doing it.

If you want a light cleanup of some entries, use Piriform's Ccleaner. It is not a deep cleaning, but will not harm your computer.


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