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Windows 7: Safe to delete the foldier "windows" in window.old?

18 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home
Safe to delete the foldier "windows" in window.old?

Long story short.. I got the fake FBI virus from a outdated java program and the virus literally destroyed my boot files. I had to reinstall windows and it pushed all my old files in windows.old which I scanned throughly in safe mode so I'm 100% safe now.

I right click and click properties on windows in windows.old and it shows 38.4 GB (size on disk) just sitting there doing nothing. My windows in my normal operating system uses only 21.5GB (size on disk) and I don't know why.

Just wondering if it is safe to delete the windows foldier in the windows.old foldier, from what I understand it does nothing and just eats GB. (I do not want to delete my users/ program files (and 86) yet).

I use windows 7 home premium.

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18 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 10 64bit

Yea you can delete windows.old, it's just a folder of the previous install which you don't need anymore. It's basically your previous windows install before the fresh one in one folder.

Windows.old Folder - Delete
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18 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home

Thank you for the quick answer, just saved about 40GB in space!
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 Safe to delete the foldier "windows" in window.old?

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