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Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by foxjazz View Post
    this is just stupid. I don't want to clean up all my previous installs. Just one of them.
    It's frustrating that this is so difficult with the new OS.
    I guess that's why apple is king.
    Hello Foxjazz,

    What's so stupid about it?? You could just as easily use one of the other options to delete the specific Windows.old folder that you would like to delete instead.


    Usually if you have a previous installation that already contained a Windows.old folder, you will then have say a Windows.old1 folder for the oldest copy, and a Windows.old for the most recent previous installation.
    Last edited by Brink; 09 Oct 2011 at 00:51. Reason: added quote

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  2. #12


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    Thanks for this. I just noticed that a few files were left-over from my previous installation - didn't even see them... but now they are gone!
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    You're most welcome Alexis.
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  4. #14


    Nice write up as always Mr Brink!
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    Thank you Mark.
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  6. #16


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    I just did a refresh.

    I already had windows.old.

    There is not another windows.old anywhere to be seen.
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    Hello Simon,

    Thank you. Did you also check to see if it may have been hidden?
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    Yes, I always have everything visible - I often forget that not everyone does.
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  9. #19


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    Ok. I just did two refreshes back to back again, and it didn't rename the existing Windows.old folder to Windows.old.000 like it did in W8 DP. Maybe since it was just created. I'll test again when it's a few days old. I updated the tutorial to say "may" instead for refresh though.
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  10. #20


    Thank you, Brink. When I arrived at the Clean-up program, I found a few hundred megabytes of waisted space in addition to the Windows.old folder.
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