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Windows 7: New Install

17 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
New Install

I did a reinstall of Windows 7 ultimate and am now wondering if I need to delete all the .old Windows files mainly just to gain room ?

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17 Mar 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc

Old contains all your old files. If you are all backed up you can delete
Windows.old Folder - Delete

May I suggest that you do the much better install a clean install. It does not leave windows.old and gets rid of all the problems from the first OS.
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips
You boot from the CD, format and get rid of all the old bad stuff.
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17 Mar 2012   #3

7 x64

I agree with richc46. You really didn't do a Clean install and more then likely have carried over some junk for the previous install.
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18 Mar 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP


Jenna because you had been sold a bootleg Win7 I suggested you wipe the HD first to get any possible infected code out of the boot sector. At the minimum the installer should have been booted and not run from the old bootleg OS, as it was if you now have a Windows.old folder.

In your previous thread I gave you the steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.
Why were these steps not followed?

You can delete the windows.old folder after you're sure you have everything out of it you need.
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