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Windows 7: Windows.old Folder - Delete

28 Feb 2010   #30

Win7 HP x64

about reinstalling programs that you have in your windows.old: can't you just go to program files and do a cut/paste into your current program files? or is there more to it than that?

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28 Feb 2010   #31

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello ForeverZero,

Yes, there is much more than that. Programs must be reinstalled for them to run properly. They cannot be copied back. Sorry.
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21 Mar 2010   #32

windows 7 pro 32bit

I just right-clicked on the folder, and deleted it without any trouble.
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02 Apr 2010   #33


Thanks so much for this tutorial,I got rid of 20GB
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02 Apr 2010   #34

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcom Dimmy.
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12 Jul 2010   #35

Win 7 x64 Home Premium

Brink, is this method something that you can use to delete the my_backup-date-time directories that were created by the system restore volume that came w/my Gateway GT5040? I had 2 pre-existing instances of that on my machine b4 doing that custom upgrade fm XP sp3 to Win7 Home Premium...

Great job. Once backed up, the windows.old is gonna be history- hello more disk space, goodbye wasted time w/virus-scanning, needless backup, etc.

Thanks again for your tutorials- elisedai
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jul 2010   #36

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Elisedai,

No, it's not the same for the Backup folders. You would want to use these instead for that.

Backup User and System Files - Delete Backups


Backup User and System Files - Reset to Default Configuration

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jul 2010   #37

Windows 7 Pro, x64

If you had any games on the computer with the previous OS that used "SecuRom" DRM, it screws thing up a bit when trying to delete the Windows.Old folder on the new OS. The folder will be emptyed except for a couple of SecuRom entries in "C:\Windows.old\Users\xxx\AppData\Roaming\SecuROM\UserData" that look like Arabic text. These remaining entires cannot be deleted. Everything in the Windows.Old folder is gone (except the two SecuRom entries) so the Windows.Old folder itself cannot be deleted.

Update: Unlocker 1.9.0 successfully got rid of those pesky SecuRom files. Just right click on Windows.Old, choose Unlocker, choose the Delete option. The whole folder is gone.
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07 Aug 2010   #38

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit

Excellent tute! 30.9 GB claimed back! Thanks a lot!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Aug 2010   #39

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600)

It didn't work for me, Windows.old is still grinning at me
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