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Windows 7: Windows.old Folder - Delete

07 Jul 2011   #60
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Shawn,
Thanks. I had meant to say RD rather than delete, which as you pointed out doesn't have the force option.

My real question was whether I could simply by logging in under an administrative account, running cmd as administrator, get rid of windows.old using RD. If I had one on this laptop, I'd try myself. Just didn't know whether this wasn't a feasibility.
Sure, it should also delete the folder unless it had some sort of "in use" or permissions issue. I added it as OPTION TWO to help. If it's not able to, then OPTION THREE should be able to.


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07 Jul 2011   #61
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Shawn,
Thanks. Now I've got to find someone with a windows.old folder who has saved out everything they need and see what damage I can do.
karl
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07 Jul 2011   #62
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

LOL.
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15 Sep 2011   #63
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

How safe is this? I didn't realize I have almost 12.4 GB worth of files in the Previous Windows Installation Folder. I think most of those are Vista files though. I can't recall if I ever had XP on my laptop.


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15 Sep 2011   #64
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Pragnesh,

Yes, this will be for the C:\Windows.old folder that contains all the files from your previous installation in it. If there's nothing in there that you would like to copy back into Windows 7, then yes it's perfectly safe to have deleted through Disk Cleanup to regain the HDD space it is taking up.
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15 Sep 2011   #65
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

Yeah I'll just do it. I just checked and it's all vista files from about 5 years ago which I definitely do not need because I AM NOT planning to go back to Vista. In any case, all my important files are always backed up, and even if something happens to my computer, I always prefer to do a Clean install and start from scratch.
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15 Sep 2011   #66
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Good deal then.
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08 Feb 2012   #67
whatfor

home premium 64 bit
 
 

thanks. got a bit more disc space now
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08 Feb 2012   #68
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome Wahrfor, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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08 Feb 2012   #69
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You're welcome Wahrfor, and welcome to Seven Forums.
Thanks. What a useful place this is for win 7 novices like me
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