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Windows 7: Disk clean up windows.old

24 Jul 2011   #1
gonecrazybored

Vista 32 bit
 
 
Disk clean up windows.old

So I just successfully did a custom download to Windows 7 64 bit from Windows Vista 32 bit.

I'm trying to delete the windows.old folder but when I use the disk cleanup default application Windows 7 gives you (cleanmgr) no where in the list does it show old windows files. So why can't I delete them from disk clean up? Is there any way to make it so I can?

Also I've already downloaded many things on my computer since I got Windows 7 up and running again and I hope when I do a disk cleanup and delete the windows.old folder it won't also delete the new programs I've just installed.


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24 Jul 2011   #2
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

I'm not entirely sure but I just deleted my Windows.old folder and it worked fine. I'm not sure if that's the right thing to do though so wait for another member's say-so before trying it.
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24 Jul 2011   #3
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gonecrazybored View Post
So I just successfully did a custom download to Windows 7 64 bit from Windows Vista 32 bit.

I'm trying to delete the windows.old folder but when I use the disk cleanup default application Windows 7 gives you (cleanmgr) no where in the list does it show old windows files. So why can't I delete them from disk clean up? Is there any way to make it so I can?

Also I've already downloaded many things on my computer since I got Windows 7 up and running again and I hope when I do a disk cleanup and delete the windows.old folder it won't also delete the new programs I've just installed.
If you were using this tutorial :
Windows.old Folder - Delete

Did you try all 3 options ? How about reading the tutorial one more time, like you did before you did the Custom Install ?
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24 Jul 2011   #4
gonecrazybored

Vista 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t-4-2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gonecrazybored View Post
So I just successfully did a custom download to Windows 7 64 bit from Windows Vista 32 bit.

I'm trying to delete the windows.old folder but when I use the disk cleanup default application Windows 7 gives you (cleanmgr) no where in the list does it show old windows files. So why can't I delete them from disk clean up? Is there any way to make it so I can?

Also I've already downloaded many things on my computer since I got Windows 7 up and running again and I hope when I do a disk cleanup and delete the windows.old folder it won't also delete the new programs I've just installed.
If you were using this tutorial :
Windows.old Folder - Delete

Did you try all 3 options ? How about reading the tutorial one more time, like you did before you did the Custom Install ?
Yeah I was looking at that tutorial. No I haven't tried the other three options, I was just puzzled with why it wasn't showing up with disk clean up.

I'll check out the other options
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24 Jul 2011   #5
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

You can run disk cleanup with the sageset switch. In the run box, type

cleanmgr /sageset:1

(1 is an arbitrary number).

That'll launch disk cleanup and you can select categories of files you want to delete.
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25 Jul 2011   #6
Digerati

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

Quote:
I'm not sure if that's the right thing to do
It is not a matter of right or wrong, good or bad. It is more a matter of timing.

It is not a good idea to burn your "restore" bridges immediately after updating. But certainly, after you have used the updated system for a few days, and you feel certain there will be no need to roll-back to previous versions, then it is perfectly safe to delete the old files, and free up a nice chunk of disk space.
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25 Jul 2011   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
You can run disk cleanup with the sageset switch. In the run box, type

cleanmgr /sageset:1

(1 is an arbitrary number).

That'll launch disk cleanup and you can select categories of files you want to delete.

Here you go mate!

Disk Cleanup : Extended

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