While upgrading from any previous to either Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 you would have seen that there is a Windows.old folder in the installation disk which is of huge size thus reducing the available disk space on that drive. In this post we will tell you how to delete Windows.old folder.
Before proceeding further, you should know what is contained in that folder. Windows.old folder contains all the files from the previous Windows installation along with the applications, settings, downloads, documents etc., so that if the user wants to go back he/she can roll back to the previous installation. Also if you want to get some file from that previous installation all you need to do is to browse through the Windows.old folder and get that file from there.
Why to delete the Windows.old folder?
Since the Windows.old folder contains files from previous windows installations, it is of no use to us if we are not planning to roll back to the previous Windows installation. Also deleting these files would provide us more free space on the hard drive to store more files and folders or install more applications.
How to delete Windows.old folder in Windows
- Open My Computer and then right click on the Windows installation drive and select properties.
- Now click on Disk Cleanup.
- Windows will scan the disk for temporary files to delete.
- When the results are shown up click on “Clean up System Files“.
- Now the system will again scan for temporary files, but along with temporary files this time it will also show the another set of files with the name “Previous Windows Installations“. Make sure that it is checked.
- Now click on “Ok“.
- Click on “Delete” when the system asks for confirmation. Now let the system do its job.
- Once it is done, check the Windows installation disk again, you won’t find the Windows.old folder again and your disk would also have more free space now.
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