Windows 10: Can I remove an old version of Win 7 on my D drive?

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  1. maarkr Win User

    Can I remove an old version of Win 7 on my D drive?


    Can I remove an old version of Win 7 on my d drive? It was my C drive years ago and I kept it for backup after I installed an SSD with Win 10 as the C drive. I don't need to get every little bit off, but can I just delete the Windows folder? I know I've installed a few programs from Win 10 on that drive in Program Files, so I don't want to nuke those program/data files... just get rid of most of the old OS... it takes up 20Gb of space.

    I'm also going to backup my C drive to the D, so I may want to boot off the D drive to my Win 10 backup if I have issues with the C drive booting.

    -or, since I have like 2Tb of free space on the drive, why bother??? I'm just a neat freak.

    :)
     
    maarkr, Jul 14, 2016
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    I recently added a boot menu in Windows 10, using "bcdboot d:\Windows" (where d: is my old Win 7 install). I'd like to remove the old Windows 7 directories (on dCan I remove an old version of Win 7 on my D drive? :), though, and thus (obviously) just boot from c: (my current Win 10).

    Can I savely remove the old Windows 7 directories, though? (d:\Windows). I'd hate not being able to boot up any more as a result.

    Thanks.
     
    meimeiriver2, Jul 14, 2016
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  3. LAPIII Win User
    Can I upgrade from an OEM version of Win. 7?

    Does it also matter which edition, i.e. Home, Proffessional, etc.?
     
    LAPIII, Jul 14, 2016
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  4. CountMike New Member

    Can I remove an old version of Win 7 on my D drive?

    In theory, yes you can do that but windows may not let you just delete that folder. If it doesn't you can always boot of a live Linux on an USB and delete it from there.
     
    CountMike, Jul 16, 2016
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  5. maarkr Win User
    OK... searching archives and I found a suggestion to rename the old Windows dir Windows.old, then go to disk cleanup for the D drive and let it remove it. I renamed the dir, and ran disk cleanup, and sure enough, it gives me the option to remove it...

    BUT, being the paranoid type that I am, is there any reason that I should not try this? I have tons of stuff on the drive, and even tho they are backed up, I don't want to go thru any mess. Is there any chance of the removal messing with my C drive Win 10 installation or the programs in Program Files/Data on the D? It seems good to me but just wanted to ask.
     
    maarkr, Jul 16, 2016
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  6. CountMike New Member
    You can rename it and try like that, if nothing makes troubles, than you can remove it.
     
    CountMike, Jul 17, 2016
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  7. maarkr Win User
    went ahead and used the Windows cleanup to get rid of the Windows.old that I renamed on the D drive... worked like a charm... so far.
     
    maarkr, Apr 4, 2018
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