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Windows 7: Safe to remove windows.old?

23 Oct 2009   #1
sfazngiants

Windows 7 Professional- 32Bit
 
 
Safe to remove windows.old?

so i just finished custom installing windows 7 professional. i see that my C drive is still using the same amount of storage space as before when i had vista? why is that? i did a custom install shouldn't it remove everything in the C drive and install windows 7? is it safe to trash the windows.old?


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23 Oct 2009   #2
harpua

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

The windows.old file contains a backup of all your data from your previous installation. It's safe to delete as soon as you are sure that everything transfered over properly. You can use the "disk cleanup" utility in W7 to remove the folder when you are ready.

Windows.old Folder - Delete
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23 Oct 2009   #3
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes it is safe to delete the windows.old folder.

Before you do you might want to go through it and move over any documents/music/personal files/game save folders/etc you may have forgotten to backup before doing the upgrade install. Also you can save yourself some program install time by going through the Program Files folder (as well as the Program Files (x86) folder if Vista was x64) and testing what programs will work without having to be re-installed. When you fins the ones that do, just move them over to the new Program Files and make a shortcut for it on the desktop; or if you don't want to clutter up the desktop place them here,

C:\Users\Your Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
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23 Oct 2009   #4
LoosyGoosy

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I cleaned out the windows.old folder using Disk Cleanup although the folder still exists can I just manually delete what is left?
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23 Oct 2009   #5
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LoosyGoosy View Post
I cleaned out the windows.old folder using Disk Cleanup although the folder still exists can I just manually delete what is left?
Yes.
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23 Oct 2009   #6
LoosyGoosy

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thanks stormy13
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23 Oct 2009   #7
sfazngiants

Windows 7 Professional- 32Bit
 
 

so what is with my C drive still using a little more storage as when i have windows vista. would tossing out the windows.old folder solve this? i thought windows 7 uses less date than vista
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23 Oct 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

Hello Sfazngiants,

The Windows.old folder is a copy of your previous installation (Vista) files, so it will take up a bit space on the hard drive. If there is nothing in there that you would like to copy back first, then deleting it would free up a large amount of space on your hard drive.

Windows.old Folder - Delete

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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26 Mar 2011   #9
rich0077

window 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
How to move Program Files Over?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Yes it is safe to delete the windows.old folder.

Before you do you might want to go through it and move over any documents/music/personal files/game save folders/etc you may have forgotten to backup before doing the upgrade install. Also you can save yourself some program install time by going through the Program Files folder (as well as the Program Files (x86) folder if Vista was x64) and testing what programs will work without having to be re-installed. When you fins the ones that do, just move them over to the new Program Files and make a shortcut for it on the desktop; or if you don't want to clutter up the desktop place them here,

C:\Users\Your Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
Thanks for your suggestion!

I am not sure what is the proper way to move programs in the old Program Files over to the new one so that it will work. I moved individual program folder over but could not see the program appear in my new Windows 7.
Thanks in advance for any further instruction.
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26 Mar 2011   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

Hello Rich, and welcome to Seven Forums.

When programs install they place entries in your registry, and may place files in other locations than just in the Program Files folder. Unless it is a standalone exe program that didn't require installation, you will usually almost always need to reinstall all of your programs and cannot just copy them over into the new installation.
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