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Windows 7: Windows.old

03 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro

I had the Windows Bata and then I put the Windows Home Premium (Full Version) and it puts in Windows.old and Windows.old.000 which gave me about 25 extra gigs of crap. So I manage to delete the Windows.old.000 which took away about 15 gigs but I don't seem to be able to delete the Windows.old because it wants Admin permissions. Has anyone else experience this? I thought the full version was suppose to format the drive but it only saved everything and added to it giving me 50 gigs and I haven't even added all the drivers yet.

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03 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

The installation process for Windows 7 is different than previous versions of Windows. In order to format/create/delete/resize partitions, you must select custom install, and then click on drive options (advanced).

If you want to delete the windows.old directory, right click on the c: drive, select properties, then click on disk cleanup. There will be an option in there to remove previous windows installations.
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03 Nov 2009   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Lostsoul,

This can help show you how to get rid of that folder.

Windows.old Folder - Delete

Hope this helps,
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03 Nov 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP


Boot from the installer and format the drive to get the cleanest install and no windows.old

Clean Install Windows 7
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