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: New Install

17 Mar 2012   #1
JennaMaire

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 ?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

17 Mar 2012   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Welcome
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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Mar 2012   #3
edwar

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


18 Mar 2012   #4
gregrocker
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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 New Install




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How to create install disks from an install of Windows 7/Recovery Part
Hi I have a new Asus CM6730 W7 PC (x64) it did not come with Install disk but it does have a recovery partition. How do I make install disk for this W7 install, I want to format the recovery partition to use it for other things. Thanks Daniel
General Discussion
BSOD playing Guild Wars 2, recent SSD install and fresh install of W7
I just added a new SSD drive and installed a fresh copy of Win 7 Enterprise. I have had a previous driver issue with this system in the past. The amazing people on this site helped me work it out. Now for the life I just can't seem to sort it out again myself this time. I ran and uploaded the...
BSOD Help and Support
BSOD on fresh install when install updates, misc error codes
My system info is in my profile, installing Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Retail. Attached is all of the report info. I have no idea what is going on. Whenever I try to install all of the Windows updates it blue screens. Then it will reboot, try to apply the updates, and blue screen again. I've run...
BSOD Help and Support
Windows 7 Install Disc fails to see hard disk after Ubuntu install
After I tried to make a dual boot with Ubuntu and Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Windows now does not boot. I have tried to reinstall and repair the HDD but the disc fails to recognize my HDD (Western Digital Scorpio Black 500 GB). My HDD is Basic, has 3 primary partitions and 1 extended (3 logical)....
Installation & Setup
Office 2010 programs wont install / lauch after install
one of my co-workers wants me to get rid of some viruses and install office 2010 home and student on her computer with the key she bought. her computer runs windows 7 64-bit. after backing up her data, i finally ended up doing a factory reinstall from the backup partition. so i downloaded all...
Microsoft Office
Boot config not working, tried clean install, can't install windows 7
My spouses pc all of a sudden wouldn't boot, not into safe mode or anything (vista), and so we were going to upgrade anyways to windows 7, so i bought the upgrade windows 7 and attempted to do a clean install and reformatted the c: drive which has 250gb, and each time i start the install it bogs...
Installation & Setup

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 09:34.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App