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#1 Somnus

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 19:45

Once the upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 is complete, can you delete the Windows.old folder? I ask because I use a SSD drive for my main installation drive and I would like to keep as much free space as possible.


#2 Riva

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 19:46

Use Disk Clean-up and it should give you the option to delete them. :)

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 19:51

Use Disk Clean-up and it should give you the option to delete them. :)


Have you tried this ?

When I upgraded it was a total PITA to delete that folder

All permissions were for the old OS so I had to spend ages giving myself permission to delete folders and files

Same happens when you choose "Reset your PC but keep your files" from 8

#4 OP Somnus

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 19:51

Use Disk Clean-up and it should give you the option to delete them. :)


I always forget about Disk Cleanup. Thanks.. I feel stupid now :)

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 19:51

I always forget about Disk Cleanup. Thanks.. I feel stupid now :)


Let us know if it worked

#6 Riva

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 19:56

I always forget about Disk Cleanup. Thanks.. I feel stupid now :)


It's the only supported way to remove it unless you boot from other non Windows media and get rid of the folder.

#7 AR556

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 19:57

Disk cleanup worked for me a few days ago.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 20:06

Well its never too late to learn something new,

Still though, not many people even know about disk cleanup, bad move by MS for upgraders and people who reset their Win 8 machines, especially if they have SSDs

#9 Riva

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 20:22

Well its never too late to learn something new,

Still though, not many people even know about disk cleanup, bad move by MS for upgraders and people who reset their Win 8 machines, especially if they have SSDs

Even worse, I upgraded one of our Windows Servers to 2012 and the Windows.Old folder takes about 40GB. There is no disk cleanup in Windows Server...

#10 Colin McGregor

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 20:31

Even worse, I upgraded one of our Windows Servers to 2012 and the Windows.Old folder takes about 40GB. There is no disk cleanup in Windows Server...


safe mode > delete?

#11 Riva

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 20:33

safe mode > delete?

Only got remote access to the server. Moreover, it cannot be deleted while windows is running (I believe). Something with the TrustedInstaller account that Microsoft included to protect the OS integrity.

#12 roguekiller23231

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 20:37

u used Unlocker

http://www.emptyloop.com/unlocker/

which deleted the windows.old folder without fuss.

#13 Detection

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 20:47

Even worse, I upgraded one of our Windows Servers to 2012 and the Windows.Old folder takes about 40GB. There is no disk cleanup in Windows Server...


Ouch, I feel your pain

I never once thought that disk cleanup would remove it so I have been doing it manually and cursing MS from day 1

Things are better today though, I decided to learn the Gangnam Style dance instead, I have to say it is a whole load more fun

#14 +Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 21:01

Ouch, I feel your pain

I never once thought that disk cleanup would remove it so I have been doing it manually and cursing MS from day 1

Things are better today though, I decided to learn the Gangnam Style dance instead, I have to say it is a whole load more fun


Off topic, but LOL! XD

#15 OP Somnus

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 21:49

Using the disk cleanup worked on both machines I upgraded to Win8. No issues what so ever afterwards.



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