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Windows 8 upgrade

  1. #1


    UK
    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

    Windows 8 upgrade


    Hi I have just upgraded to windows 8 via the upgrade assistant

    I selected to keep my applications and settings all when well with the update and windows 8 is running fine.

    My question is if I look at my C: with windows explorer I can see a folder called windows old his folder is approx. 28Gb and has 111.584 files in it.

    Can I delete this folder without problems

    regards

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  2. #2


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums.

    How to delete:
    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8
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  3. #3


    UK
    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    Thank you I have had a look at the link and I will give it a try once I have made a backup.

    So it is safe to delete the folder
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  4. #4


    Hold on! It contains your old files from your previous Windows installation. If you have all of your personal documents, then you may delete it. Otherwise, back up your personal docs from C:\Windows.old\Users\username\My documents, downloads, etc. Then, you can delete the folder.



    -Darren
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  5. #5


    UK
    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    Hi 714 thanks for the info, i have a full image backup of the computer including the windowsold folder,

    I understand that it may contain some documents in C:\Windows.old\Users\username\My documents but in my case i had moved the default My Documents folder to another partition.

    So ive nothing in there i want to keep, so here goes

    Thanks for the help guys.
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  6. #6


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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Be sure all your devices are working properly. Sometimes you may need drivers from old Windows.
    Last edited by znod; 26 Nov 2012 at 20:01.
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  7. #7


    Alright, you can go and delete it. Good luck!
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  8. #8


    UK
    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    Well just to let you all know I followed the link theog posted and used the disk clean up method and it works first time.

    Thanks guys
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  9. #9


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    You are welcome.
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