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Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8

  1. #21


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    You're most welcome Vince.

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  2. #22


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    xp , 7Pro, 8RP, Android phone, Tablet


    Thanks Brink, I started to delete in explorer and ran into the trusted installer problem.
    Was about to edit permissions and realised there were hundreds of files affected.
    Stopped did a search found the the tut. Option 1 worked 25GB saved.
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    Excellent as usual. Thanks Shawn.
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  4. #24


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    You're most welcome Besb and Wolfgang. Thank you.
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  5. #25


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    Windows 8


    Thanks a lot for that Brink, it saved me a lot of time and quite a bit of valuable space (18GB) I had deleted what Windows would let me delete and was just about to embark of the permissions / ownership route and then I found your tutorial, which is excellently written and very easy to follow, option 1 worked for me.

    I'm "playing" with Windows 8 at the moment and I really like it, even though I'm running it on a Laptop with no touch screen, it took me a bit of time to get the tiles sorted out so that they represent what I want them to represent (mostly Office 2010 programmes) now I'm going to look through your tutorials to see if there's an easier way to do it...
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    You're most welcome Gwilo, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You might see if this may help with the apps.

    Start Screen Apps - Organize into Groups
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  7. #27


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post

    You might see if this may help with the apps.

    Start Screen Apps - Organize into Groups
    Yes that did help Brink but I am still struggling a bit to get the tiles in the order that I want them within the different groups but I now know how to create and position new groups and also name the various groups, thanks.

    Not wishing to hijack the thread but could you also point me in the right direction for some help with remote desktop connection? I can connect to my office server (SBS 2008) using RDC when I am connected to the LAN but when I am outside the LAN (at home for example) I cannot? I can connect (from home) using W7.
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    No problem. The RDC issue can be posted in the Network & Sharing forum are for the best help with it.
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  9. #29


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    Hey Brink,

    I just got a new laptop with Windows 7 on and immediately upgraded to Windows 8 the day I got it. Will deleting the window.old folder affect anything on Windows 8 or should it all have transferred over alright? I'm assuming everything should be ok as I hadn't done anything on Windows 7, but is there any way I can check before deleting windows.old, or if I delete it and find out something isn't working as it should, is there a way to get it back?
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  10. #30


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    Hello Blackman, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The Windows.old folder is nothing more than a copy of your previous Windows installation that you upgraded from.

    I would recommend to double check inside the Windows.old folder to make sure that there's not any files that you may want to copy back into Windows 8.

    If not, then it's not going to hurt Windows 8 at all, and only free up the large amount of HDD space that the Windows.old folder is taking up. Once the Windows.old folder has been deleted, it will be gone for good.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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