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Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8

  1. #30


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    OS X and Win 7


    Thank for the tutorial worked great.

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  2. #31


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Glad it could help gbsnpir.
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  3. #32


    Posts : 3
    windows8


    I have tried the option to delete the folder through clean up programme so many times and the darn thing still hasn't gone. Can you give me some other options. Not too hot with cmd promt issues?? Any help you can give?
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  4. #33


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    Hello Dave, and welcome to Eight Forums

    Normally, I would say OPTION THREE in the tutorial to delete it at boot would be best to used in this case, but since you are not comfortable with the command prompt, you could see if using the free program Unlocker may be able to delete it for you.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  5. #34


    Posts : 24
    windows8 64bit


    Thanks I've just gained 16gb deleting the "windows old" folder. I've only got a 64gb ssd drive so it was much needed. I used the "cleanmgr" method.
    Last edited by 56kevins; 13 Nov 2012 at 16:21.
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  6. #35


    Posts : 1
    windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Dave, and welcome to Eight Forums

    Normally, I would say OPTION THREE in the tutorial to delete it at boot would be best to used in this case, but since you are not comfortable with the command prompt, you could see if using the free program Unlocker may be able to delete it for you.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Hi everyone

    I'm new to the forum and I have a question. I just upgraded to Windows 8 yesterday and read about the windows old folder. I checked mine and the folder is 56gb in size!!!!! Should I delete it? I'll eventually need the space but I'm worried that if I delete it, a bunch of my programs will no longer work. So, is it safe to remove?

    Thanks in advance
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  7. #36


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    Hello djvale, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Any program that didn't get carried over into Windows 8 during the upgrade will need to be reinstalled if they are compatible with Windows 8. Programs are not able to run out of the Windows.old folder unless that are standalone exe programs.

    If you do not have any files you wish to keep in the Windows.old folder, then it's perfectly safe to delete it to gain back your HDD space. If you do need anything in the Windows.old folder, then you could just copy what you want to another location before deleting the Windows.old folder.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  8. #37


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 Pro 64 bit


    Many Many Thnx for this one Brink I needed it....That windows.old was wasting 30.9GB of my C drive Space.....
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  9. #38


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    You're welcome BlooDLocatoR, and welcome to Eight Forums.
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  10. #39


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro 64 bit

    Empty Windows.old folder indestructable


    I'm getting desperate.
    I've upgraded from Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit to Windows 8 Pro 64-bit. Following advice in this forum and other places, I've been trying as administrator to delete the Windows.old folder without success. I've managed to delete all files within Windows.old and its sub folders, so the folder(s) size is now 0 bytes, but it remains stubbornly 'read only', no matter what. I've also tried 'Unlocker' and 'Eraser' utilities, but they too fail.
    Other remnants from the os upgrade like the Windows~BT folder I managed to get rid of, but this stubborn empty Windows.old folder (with empty sub folders) drives me nuts.
    OK, since the folder is empty it doesn't waste space on the system drive, so it's rather a matter of cosmetics, but I want to be the boss of my hdd and get rid of that ugly clutter.
    What do you suggest?

    TIA
    -Uffe
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