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Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8


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#61
What about C/:$SysReset? This is created at same time as Windows.old but is not deleted by disk cleanup.

Should/could we delete it? It only seems to have logs of the refresh activity.
 

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Hello Mike,

Sure thing. I'll be honored, and hope it helps. :)
 

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Thanks much. What a workout you give. The first two options above did not work for me with no chance of making them work. The third did not work for me since Shift + F10 did not work for me--and, thus, I could not run the needed elevated command prompt. Backtracked to here1--where I had learned about Shift + F10. Backtracked from second option in here1 to here2. No luck at here2 so I backtracked to here3. From here3, went to here4. Used the "manually create' shortcut option at here4. Applying the short cut, I was able to use my administrator account and run the needed elevated command prompt. Thus, I was able to use RD /S /Q "D:\Windows.old", and,voilà, the nasty old windows.old folder was slain. Glad I had created the system-reserved partition.

Pure genius on your part Shawn. I can barely imagine the work you put in on all the tutorials you do.

Deleting the Windows.old folder really added time to my clean reinstall of Win8, refresh for activation, and setup of the refreshed system. Thanks again Shawn. Never would have finished without the tutorials.
 
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Glad it could help Tin and znod. Welcome to Eight Forums Tin. :)
 

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Hello I took ownership of my windows.old folder and deleted it manually and it works, but there are still two files ( Flash64_11_5_502_135.ocx and Flash32_11_5_502_135.ocx ) which can't be deleted (don't have permission).Can you help?thanks
 

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#69
So this window.old folder appears after refresh....well I followed the tutorial and tried step 2 with elevated cmd prompt and that didn't work. So I tried step 1 and that worked like a charm.
 

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#70
Hey Brink, I also upgraded from Win 7 Home Premium x64 to Win 8 Pro x64.
So I also have Windows.old folder.
But I assume it has system files on it that I shouldn't delete.
Does Win 8 ever uses file from Windows.old folder?
I currently have no plans but can that folder be helpful if I decide to return to Win 7, my old OS?
If I keep using Win 8 (likely) then is it really safe to permanently delete it?
Thanks for the tip.
 

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Hey Brink, I also upgraded from Win 7 Home Premium x64 to Win 8 Pro x64.
So I also have Windows.old folder.
But I assume it has system files on it that I shouldn't delete.
Does Win 8 ever uses file from Windows.old folder?
I currently have no plans but can that folder be helpful if I decide to return to Win 7, my old OS?
If I keep using Win 8 (likely) then is it really safe to permanently delete it?
Thanks for the tip.
Hello McNeil,

No worries. The Windows.old folder is just a copy (backup) of the previous installation in case you may want to copy anything back from it. If you don't need anything from it, then it's safe to delete. Windows 8 doesn't need anything from it. :)
 
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Thanks Shawn Disk Cleanup method worked and I was able to delete my Windows.old folder which was ~3GB.
After selecting cleanup system files I checked all boxes in the window, which also deleted all log files, Windows Update Log files, Installation files and pretty much everything else it could!
It deleted about 9.5 GB files, I hope that deleting other files that I mentioned above was safe.
 

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Great news. That's a nice amount of HDD space to recover. :)

Sure, those other ones are safe to delete as well. Disk Cleanup doesn't delete anything that will harm Windows.
 

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are you all sure deleting this folder does not affect the current working windows 8 like activation display driver etc.etc.
 

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Hello Roodap, and welcome to Eight Forums.

No worries. The Windows.old folder is nothing more that a copy (backup) of the files from your previous Windows installation that you upgraded from. If there's nothing in the folder you wish to copy back, then it's perfectly safe to delete it.

Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
 

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my windows.old is only some 800Mb size.
which must have come from resetting the installation for some problems.
anyways i will remove it
 

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Windows.old

I installed W8 this past January. It was a clean install from a MS DVD. Still getting used to this system, but was poking around today after I did an clone of the disk and noticed a windows.old folder, approx 16 GB. Since this was a clean install, did not realize a file of this type would be there. Anyways, is it safe to just delete this folder??:think: Tx

After reading some other post's here in the forum, I found Brinks "How to Delete the "Windows.old" Folder in Windows 8" That seemed to do the job, tx Brinks...
 
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You're most welcome meebers. Glad it could help. :)
 

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Thanks this is great - used option one with a customer today over the phone. I put a link on our "how to" blog back to this thread. Cheers.
 

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