Can $Windows.~WS Be Safely Deleted?

Discus and support Can $Windows.~WS Be Safely Deleted? in Windows 10 Support on Windows 10 Forums to solve the problem; Does $Windows.~WS need to be left in place for anything, e.g. 'Reset this PC', or can it be safely deleted? Thanks. 9407 Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Nus, Jul 29, 2015.

  1. NUS
    Nus Win User

    Does $Windows.~WS need to be left in place for anything, e.g. 'Reset this PC', or can it be safely deleted?


  2. Kyhi Win User

    use > disk cleanup > clean system files
  3. NUS
    Nus Win User
    Yeah, I did that and it left $Windows.~WS, hence, why I'm asking if it is needed for anything.
  4. NUS
    Nus Win User

    Can $Windows.~WS Be Safely Deleted?

    No takers? OK, I'm going to delete it for a laugh.

    PS. This thread is the only Google search result for "$Windows.~WS", lol...
  5. zirq Win User
    I just deleted it and restarted. Nothing's exploded yet.
  6. costeakai Win User
    so did I...
    costeakai, Jul 29, 2015
  7. Exsert Win User
    Well, i'm pretty sure it's just there incase your Windows messes up and you want to re-install it, but usually it's unnecessary!

    I've deleted it myself (As i am trying my best to get my starting Used space as low as possible Currently got it down to 33GB used).
    What i did notice though was when i booted up instead of it popping up with boot options (Windows 10, Windows 10 setup) it just booted straight away which was a bonus because that was irritating me!
    Exsert, Jul 29, 2015
  8. costeakai Win User

    Can $Windows.~WS Be Safely Deleted?

    i'v deleted it, and all hell broke loose; now i'm trying to reinstall ...
    costeakai, Jul 29, 2015
  9. costeakai Win User
    i'v managed to reinstall , firstly by re-downloading the media from windows, but it seemed to be slower than the first time, so i aborted it; then i discovered that by launching the appropiate exe, i can re-install without re-downloading; all is fine now , its even better ...i'm leaving $Windows.~WS alone for now ...
    costeakai, Jul 29, 2015
  10. NUS
    Nus Win User
    Well, I've had no issues since deleting it. Done a number of reboots, changed account to local, etc.

    It was created during the upgrade and just looked like it contained the Win 10 image.
  11. JoeShades Win User
    what about windows old? that is 27 GB, but does not show up in disk clean up
    JoeShades, Jul 29, 2015
  12. NUS
    Nus Win User
    That's your old Windows installation. You can delete it if you never want to revert back or need anything from it.
  13. costeakai Win User

    Can $Windows.~WS Be Safely Deleted?

    to me it looks like $Windows.~WS , besides the win10Image, also contains personalized xml files; i will double check it, and post my last impression about true/false: pc-personalized $Windows.~WS.
    costeakai, Jul 29, 2015
  14. Boozad Win User
    Did you run Disk Cleanup as Administrator? It should show then.
    Boozad, Jul 29, 2015
  15. Chris2005 Win User
    Yea, running the clean up even as an admin has kept the $Windows.~WS folder.
    Chris2005, Jul 30, 2015

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