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Windows 7: Can't find Windows.Old folder after upgrade install.

27 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Can't find Windows.Old folder after upgrade install.

Hi, I did an upgrade install Windows 7 to Windows 7 however I can't find the Windows.old folder to delete. I looked it up in disk cleanup as well but nothing.

I remember it would be in program files > windows.old or in the windows folder but I can't find anything even after enabling 'show hidden folders and files'.

In disk management drive C only has 1 partition (Windows 7 installation 64-bit) but it's taking up around 70GB.

I'm using a SSD could that be the problem? I want to reclaim the space.

thanks,

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27 Jul 2012   #2
AC

 
 

The Windows.old folder would be on C: drive. But I'm not sure upgrade makes that folder. Not sure, I only do clean install.
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27 Jul 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Bishop,

Are you sure that you did an upgrade install?

Windows.old Folder - Delete
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27 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I bought a new ssd, I put Windows 7 on it, but the Key wouldn't work for me because it said my version was only for upgrade. I couldn't validate the Windows 7 installation, I found a worked around on the net by installing it again, it work validated, but now there was 70GB used up on my ssd. Can't find the old windows folder. After the first installation it was only 30 GB.
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27 Jul 2012   #5
AC

 
 

Did you qualify for the upgrade? IMO, it's wrong if you didn't. Anyway did you follow the tut, and try all 3 if the other 2 didn't work? If it didn't work, backup your files and format your drive. Then do a custom install.
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27 Jul 2012   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bishop101 View Post
I bought a new ssd, I put Windows 7 on it, but the Key wouldn't work for me because it said my version was only for upgrade. I couldn't validate the Windows 7 installation, I found a worked around on the net by installing it again, it work validated, but now there was 70GB used up on my ssd. Can't find the old windows folder. After the first installation it was only 30 GB.
Sounds like you had to do this,

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

See if this shows you where that space has gone,

WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics
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27 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I came up from 64-bit vista, same machine just new ssd.

Using windirstat I looked at the ssd, I think its the pagefile thats eating up all my space.
Perhaps I should move it to a hdd?

Maybe I'm interpreting it wrong, I don't see anything that should look like windows.old


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27 Jul 2012   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

You can gain 12Gb by turning off Hibernation if you don't use it.

Hibernate - Enable or Disable

I wouldn't move the pagefile, you can decrease it Virtual Memory Paging File - Change - Vista Forums

I don't see a windows.old either, did you do the install by booting from your disc or from the desktop?
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27 Jul 2012   #9
whs

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

In addition to deleting the hiberfile, set the pagefile to 2GB. I always do that on my SSDs without any problems.

PS: I see no Windows.old
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27 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
I don't see a windows.old either, did you do the install by booting from your disc or from the desktop?
From boot the first time, second time from desktop.

I will move the files to hdd.
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