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Windows 7: Can I delete Windows.old(XXX)

26 Oct 2015   #1
bobland

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit Retail
 
 
Can I delete Windows.old(XXX)

I had to reinstall Windows a number of times on my new computer. In each case, a Windows.old(x) was created. After getting the system finalized, I tried to delete the *.old files but was told by Windows that doing so would crash the system (in so many words).

The files are taking up about 30 GB. Since this is on an SSD, it is taking up a substantial amount of space that I would like to recover. Can I safely delete these files with no adverse effects?

Thanks,
Burt


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26 Oct 2015   #2
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

As long as you're sure you don't need them then, yes, it's OK to delete them. I use Disk Cleanup from the drive's Properties dialog and click on the option to "Cleanup system files".


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26 Oct 2015   #3
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes you can delete the Windows.old folder. See this tutorial.

Windows.old Folder - Delete
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26 Oct 2015   #4
bobland

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit Retail
 
 

Thanks guys. That did the trick.
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