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Windows 7: I want to delete my Windows.Old Folder on new install

14 Jan 2017   #1
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
I want to delete my Windows.Old Folder on new install

Hey guys, just did a new install of W7, and out of my ignorance ended up with this Windows.Old Folder. I understand why it is there (Kinda) but did not realize at the time how to avoid such a thing happening.

1. I would like to Delete it (Safely) because it is taking up over 19GB of Space and is not needed.

2. I would also like to know how to avoid this the next time I do a Clean Install. I can only assume that it would require a Format Prior to the Install? But I hate to Format if not needed, and though this would be an option during Install, but I did not see any such option.

Thanks, Nasty7


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14 Jan 2017   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Nasty7,

The tutorial below can help show you how to safely delete the Windows.old folder.

Windows.old Folder - Delete

The Windows.old folder is created anytime you do an upgrade or in-place upgrade (repair) install. It will not be created if doing a clean install (format) though.
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14 Jan 2017   #3
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
The Windows.old folder is created anytime you do an upgrade or in-place upgrade (repair) install. It will not be created if doing a clean install (format) though.
So a Format is needed Pre-Install, it can't be done with Install Media?

Also, I tried the first Two at the Link you provided and it did not work. I guess I'll need to go to the Third Step to do this. I wish I could just Delete the Darn thing and be done with it.

EDIT: Also, there was no Option in Disk Cleanup to check "Previous Windows installations" I wonder, does this have anything to do with Login Disabled on boot?

Thanks Brink
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14 Jan 2017   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

A true clean install would involve deleting all partitions on a disk until it's unallocated at boot, then select it to install Windows.

Clean Install Windows 7

You would need to click on the Clean up system files button in Disk Cleanup for the C drive to see the "Previous Windows installations" option if available.
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14 Jan 2017   #5
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks Brink, all done!

EDIT: Had to move to Option Three to get er done.
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14 Jan 2017   #6
Brink

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