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Windows 7: Wish to delete "Windows old" folder


19 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 
Wish to delete "Windows old" folder

Hi

Iíve recently installed Win 7 over Vista. It was a clean install as I couldnít get the upgrade method to work. I now find I have Windows folder (9.97Gb) and a Windows Old folder (136 Gb).

Can I just delete the Windows old folder? Iím never going back to Vista so thatís not an issue here.

Many thanks

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19 Jul 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Simon, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The tutorial below can help show you how to.

Windows.old Folder - Delete

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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19 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Many thanks

I'm a bit nervous and curious as to why my old folder is so big in relation to the Windows folder.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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19 Jul 2012   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

How big was your Vista C partition?
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19 Jul 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Simon,

As Wolfgang posted above, the C:\Windows.old folder contains a copy of your previously installed Vista.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Simon Sudbury View Post
Hi

Iíve recently installed Win 7 over Vista. It was a clean install as I couldnít get the upgrade method to work. I now find I have Windows folder (9.97Gb) and a Windows Old folder (136 Gb).

Can I just delete the Windows old folder? Iím never going back to Vista so thatís not an issue here.

Many thanks
You can try to delete it as you would any other file/folder. For some reason it does not always work that way. If that does not work you can go through the tutorial then.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Many thanks

Vista partition was 197Gb.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jul 2012   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Simon Sudbury View Post
Many thanks

Vista partition was 197Gb.
There you have your answer. The freespace of the old partition is of course not in the Windows.old folder.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jul 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Glad we could help Simon.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Apologies for late response (having building work doen on house).

Many thanks. This is much appreciated.
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