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Windows 7: Windows.old

28 Oct 2009   #1

 
 
Windows.old

I upgraded from XP to Windows today. This folder has alot of crap in it, can i just delete it or is there a process? Stuff like games and other programs that i will not use. (as i will just reinstall if i need to) Please help if someone can. Thanks

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28 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

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Windows.old is just created to store all your old files from your old Windows installation. If you have everything you need from this, such as old files and stuff, then just delete it and free up some disk space.
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28 Oct 2009   #3

 
 

ncie it won't affect anything at all eh? No registry issues or anything.. wewt! thanks
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28 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

Nope, it's just basically a backup folder for your XP installation and won't affect your Windows 7 installation at all if you delete it.
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28 Oct 2009   #5

 
 

That is so good to know.. cause right now i have 66GB left on my HDD out of 320GB
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28 Oct 2009   #6

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Hmm, I have a Windows.old folder and I did a clean install. I imagine that it was created after doing system restore, but I'm not certain about that.
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28 Oct 2009   #7
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Clean installs aren't that clean unless you boot from the DVD.

Even a Custom "clean" install from the desktop saves the entire OS in windows.old.

Boot from the DVD to do a clean install to formatted metal, even with an Upgrade disk.
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28 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 x64
 
 

There are also 2 hidden folders with a ~Q or something, but they should be listed first on your install drive. I think this was discussed in a tutorial, but I can't find it right now.
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28 Oct 2009   #9

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Clean installs aren't that clean unless you boot from the DVD.

Even a Custom "clean" install from the desktop saves the entire OS in windows.old.

Boot from the DVD to do a clean install to formatted metal, even with an Upgrade disk.
In my case, I did a clean install from a flash drive on an empty harddrive. So windows.old couldn't have come from that.
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28 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

I upgraded from Vista to Windows 7, so I have no Windows.old folder at all.
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