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    Windows.old?

    I upgraded from Windows 7 Pro, 64 bit to Windows 8. The Windows.old directory uses almost 20 GB of my SSD.
    I expect that this is my Windows 7. Since I have no intention of reverting, is there a reason to keep it?

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    Once you are satisfied that all is well with Windows 8 and all your data is OK you can get rid of Windows.old. The best way is to use disk cleanup. See How to remove the Windows.old folder for instructions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan_1 View Post
    I upgraded from Windows 7 Pro, 64 bit to Windows 8. The Windows.old directory uses almost 20 GB of my SSD.
    I expect that this is my Windows 7. Since I have no intention of reverting, is there a reason to keep it?
    For what it's worth, when I test-upgraded a virgin Win 7 system to ITSELF the increase in size compared with a 'clean install' of Win 7 was considerably more than just the size of the Windows.old folder and I don't know whether disk cleanup would have gotten rid of everything extraneous - a point you might want to consider if you're fairly tight for space on your SSD. Furthermore, many people here would consider a 'clean install' (where you format the partition containing the system to be upgraded during the upgrade process) to result in a noticeably stabler system than occurs when you perform an actual in-place upgrade that retains portions of the old system, though you'd have to go through the process of reinstalling applications and saving/restoring data you wanted to retain if you went this route.

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    Thanks for the MS how to.
    Got a lot of apps/data/etc on the drive. Everything is running smoothly (& backed up).
    Gonna go for it!

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    I'm just upgrading 20-or-so PCs at work from XP to Windows 7, and have made use of Windows.old to get Stuff from the XP Documents and Settings folders (which are also backed up). After a month or two of Windows 7 use I shall get rid of them, since, as you say, they are not trivially sized.
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