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Windows 7: deleting WINDOWS.0, Windows.old, and WINDOWS_old


14 Aug 2010   #1

Windows XP
 
 
deleting WINDOWS.0, Windows.old, and WINDOWS_old

I just installed Windows 7 and I thought it had reformatted my master drive, but it turns out I didn't? I think what was left from my original Installation was left in Windows.old, but there's also WINDOWS_old and WINDOWS.0. I'm not sure which is which honestly or how i should go about cleaning up my computer. I installed a fresh windows 7 installation with 2 GB of free space on a 40 Gb HDD

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14 Aug 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

This will help

Windows.old Folder - Delete

Clean install is always best, you may want to think about that, before you begin using and downloading programs etc.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips
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14 Aug 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Tony,

You can right click on them and click on delete, or use Disk Cleanup as in the tutorial below to delete them.

Windows.old Folder - Delete

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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14 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

You may want to consider going back and doing a complete clean install. Those folders indicate that you may have done an upgrade, which in many cases leads to problems such as performance issues.
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15 Aug 2010   #5

Windows XP
 
 

clean install complete. thanks guys
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15 Aug 2010   #6

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

You are very welcome. You made the right decision.
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