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    Delete Windows.old?

    I have tried Disk Cleanup, Safe Mode, Unlocker -- every way I can think of -- just not the one that works! How do I delete that folder and the contents?

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    Several methods shown here:
    http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html

    Also CCleaner has an option to delete Windows.old.
    if you're patient, Windows 10 will do it automatically after one month.

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    Thanks Jerry. But will it then "reappear" with any new build of "10"?

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    if you're patient, Windows 10 will do it automatically after one month.
    Unfortunately windows doesn't get rid of the complete folder after 1 month. See post #13 here http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...ht=windows.old

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWBillow View Post
    Thanks Jerry. But will it then "reappear" with any new build of "10"?

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    Yes. Each new build install will recreate the Windows.old directory to allow you to roll back if it doesn't work for you. That's a feature of Windows 10.

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    I'll try to be patient, Jerry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CWBillow View Post
    Thanks Jerry. But will it then "reappear" with any new build of "10"?

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    No, not unless we are talking about Insider Builds. Regular Win10 doesn't do "new Builds"; it just, receives its Updates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew1903 View Post
    No, not unless we are talking about Insider Builds. Regular Win10 doesn't do "new Builds"; it just, receives its Updates.
    When Threshold 2 is released (rumored to be late October), regular Windows 10 users will get it as a new build.

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    Alright, fair enough.

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    lumpy 95 "Unfortunately windows doesn't get rid of the complete folder after 1 month. See post #13 here http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...ht=windows.old "
    --- Thanks for that info
    I haven't upgraded to Windows 10 yet but when I do I'll leave that small residual amount alone.
    I suspect that Disk Cleanup will deal with it if/when it's safe to be deleted.

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    Your welcome

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmptrgy View Post
    lumpy 95 "Unfortunately windows doesn't get rid of the complete folder after 1 month. See post #13 here http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...ht=windows.old "
    --- Thanks for that info
    I haven't upgraded to Windows 10 yet but when I do I'll leave that small residual amount alone.
    I suspect that Disk Cleanup will deal with it if/when it's safe to be deleted.
    Well, CCleaner will, also, do it. But, I can confirm Win10 dumps it after a month. Coincidentally, was just discussing this w/ colleague in Victoria a day or 2 ago. He had just passed 1 month w/ W10. He was asking me about Deleting windows.old Since it won't go that way... in the process of advising him what would remove it, discovered it was gone. DC has to be told to do it... same as CCleaner. And it can be fairly large... to sit there if for nothing, nah, would be a bit silly.

    Also, if the Upgrade was done w/out using the reserve, the $windows folder can be removed, too.
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    And it can be fairly large... to sit there if for nothing, nah, would be a bit silly
    @Drew
    The whole point of the windows.old folder is to roll back if there are problems so it doesn't seem silly to me to keep it until MS gets rid of most of the data in it. As I said, it does leave a residual amount of files in it ( after 34 days in my case ) but it's such a small amount ( 287 KB ) I won't bother with it for now.

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    Understood except, the rollback is only available for the 1st 30 days, anyway. Traditionally the windows.old was a safety net in case the End User want to retrieve anything from it after the fact.... and remove it or not whenever. (now) If the Upgrade is done to 10, 10 removes it (well except for the residuals you mention) after the month figuring it's no longer needed & just taking up space for no good reason (@ that point).

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    Well I'd like to mention that when I had upgraded a couple of XP & Vista computers to Windows 7 I read more than once that it was ok to delete the windows.old folder when it was determined it wouldn't be needed anymore. Well I did that once on one of my friends computer and got all kinds of messages that some system files would be affected and some problems did occur on his computer. Fortunately I was able to recover the computer to run like new on the upgraded Windows 7 and it still does. Do I know why those messages were relating to system files issues? No way. And that will be another waste of time if I have to go through that again or even attempt as to why that was happening. That's why I prefer to let Disk Cleanup and any other program do what it does naturally. If it turns out that a high amount of disk space is still in effect then it is time to figure it out. But for some residual amount of 287kb, that's insignificant. In fact it wouldn't surprise if that even goes away as time. I'll find out when I do my Windows 10 upgrade.

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