Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Deleting Old Windows

20 Aug 2011   #1
Nanotasi

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Deleting Old Windows

Hi All,
This is my first post. I recently had major problems accessing the internet and some other problems, so I reinstalled Win 7 Home Premium. I had problems reinstalling anmd had to do it a couple of times. I now find in explorer that I have Windows.old, windows.old000 and windows old.001. They do not shown in uninstall. They are taking up a lot of space and when I try to delete them I get messages saying that I need system permission to delete some files, so the folders will not delete. How do I get rid of them.

I originally wanted to reformat the hard drive (after backing up everything I wanted on an external HDD) but at teh command prompt I was told thatI did not have sufficient privileges.
Can anyone tell me how I can get the privileges to reformat the HDD.

I have also found now that my internet connection is running so sloww as to be useless. It is down loading at about 600 BYTES per sec.

My copy of Win 7 is OEM and Microsoft say that support is the resposibility of the installer.

Any help would be gratefully recieved


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
20 Aug 2011   #2
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Hi Nanotasi, welcome to the Seven Forums.

WIndows.old folder is created when Windows is reinstalled without formatting the system hard disk. It contains the files and folders from your old Windows installation. Any subsequent reinstall adds a number to the Windows.old, starting from 000.

The Windows.old on your disk contains your original Windows installation, Windows.old000 is then the files from your first reinstall and so on. You can safely delete these folders, this tutorial tells you how: Windows.old Folder - Delete

You can format your system disk during the installation if you start the installation by booting your computer from installation DVD. If you start the installation from Windows, inserting DVD when Windows is running and starting installation from your Windows Desktop, this option is not available.

Kari
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Aug 2011   #3
Nanotasi

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Many thanks, Kari. Will get into it later today and will let you know how it goes.

Nano
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

20 Aug 2011   #4
gregrocker

 

Booting the installer is also a cleaner install which may give you better performance.

Follow these tips to get a perfect reinstall: Reinstalling Windows 7

If you want to keep what you've got and try to troubleshoot the problems, you can delete windows.old using Disk Cleanup.

Then work through these troubleshooting steps to monitor logs for repeat problems and use System resources to work out any kinks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Deleting Old Windows




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Deleting a 2nd User account & its safety in not deleting anything else
Hoping this is the right place to ask my question and that the title is OK. I was asked to create a 2nd user account with 'Administration privileges'. Having done so I no longer need it. In trying to delete it I got a pop up window asking me if I wanted to save some of my files (My Documents etc.)...
General Discussion
Deleting old windows 7 .
hello, i want to know how do i delete old windows 7 from my C drive while i am being in my new windows 7 in E drive. here are the steps i followed and nothing came out of them. - i simply deleted old windows in C drive , which still didnt freed C drive of the space - i then used disk...
Installation & Setup
Deleting a directory structure without deleting the name of the root
HI With the command prompt of Windows 7 SP1, how do I delete a directory structure with their files without deleting the name of the root directory? THANKS BYE
General Discussion
Deleting a playlist without deleting the WMP database
I made the "mistake" of deleting a playlist file manually, or more exactly, deleting a whole album folder I didn't care about that happened to contain the playlist, but the playlist still shows up in WMP left pane. However, as many reported, left or right clicking it produces no action, as the...
Sound & Audio
Deleting windows.old
Is it safe to delete the windows.old directories?
Installation & Setup
deleting windows xp
Hi I've installed windows 7 and want to delete windows XP, windows 7 recognises it as drive e how can i delete it?
Hardware & Devices


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 00:24.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App