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Windows 7: Removing old files?

04 Feb 2010   #1

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Removing old files?

Hey guys, I've just gone from win xp 32 bit to win 7 64 bit via custom install, i'm guessing from what i've read that that's a clean install. After finishing my installation, i realised that my HDD is still filled up with programs from my win xp 32bit and i can still run them, also there's the windows.old stuff. Must I uninstall these programs or can i just delete them, I'm not sure because they can still run. I'm also now confused about which folders are new and which are old. Any advice is greatly appreciated.


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04 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium

My suggestion is that delete those Program Files from the Windows.old file or transfer them to your current Windows Program Files folder (Cut+Paste) and them reinstall them via Repair rather than Install.
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04 Feb 2010   #3

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

I do not understand how programs can still run with a custom install. The windows.old can just be removed, with the clean disc procedure.

Computer>c drive>properties>disc cleanup (including system files). Run several times.
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