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    Chester U.K.
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    Windows.old


    A very quick question to you knowledgeable people, - I have a folder called windows.old on my C: drive.
    I THINK its whats left of the windows 8 that was on my machine before I upgraded / Activated Windows 8 Pro.
    Can I delete it ?(and should I ?).
    It`s nearly 30GB.

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    Right click the C drive and choose properties
    Push the button for disk cleanup.. let that find the stuff, then push the button for system files.
    You'll see windows.old listed there.

    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 04 Jan 2013 at 21:53. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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    Chester U.K.
    Posts : 43
    Windows 8 Poo Edition (& Windows 7 Premium)


    Thank you!
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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


    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Wright View Post
    A very quick question to you knowledgeable people, - I have a folder called windows.old on my C: drive.
    I THINK its whats left of the windows 8 that was on my machine before I upgraded / Activated Windows 8 Pro.
    Can I delete it ?(and should I ?).
    It`s nearly 30GB.
    Go Computer > C:, and you'll see Windows.old. I assume you already have all your data without relying on Windows.old. Also, check Device Manager to see that your don't need any drivers from Windows.old. Then, delete the folder. See my sig for suggestions.
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    Chester U.K.
    Posts : 43
    Windows 8 Poo Edition (& Windows 7 Premium)


    I tried to do the "clean up" but the windows.old directory was not listed in the options, - I also noted that I am missing the "more options" tab too.



    Edit:- I Killed it , just deleted normally and confirmed when it said I needed admin permissions. its in the recycle bin now.
    I`ll leave it there until I`m certain everything is still running O.K. then delete it completely to reclaim the space.
    (All my drivers are backed up to DVD`s anyway so I should be safe).
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    See that button that says;
    Clean up system files

    push it
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    Chester U.K.
    Posts : 43
    Windows 8 Poo Edition (& Windows 7 Premium)


    Lol!! yeah, funny what you notice AFTER someone points it out...(must get my eyes tested again) :-)
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  8. #8


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    I don't think you'll miss Windows.old. After a couple of weeks, you'll forget it existed.
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    Chester U.K.
    Posts : 43
    Windows 8 Poo Edition (& Windows 7 Premium)


    With my existing recycle bin contents that has just released 60GB of space to me.
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