Windows 10: OK to delete windows.old folder?

Discus and support OK to delete windows.old folder? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I'm in the Windows Insider program and have updated Windows 10 several times now. Each time, creating a windows.old folder. Do I need to keep these,... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by mmshipon, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. mmshipon Win User

    OK to delete windows.old folder?


    I'm in the Windows Insider program and have updated Windows 10 several times now. Each time, creating a windows.old folder. Do I need to keep these, and if not, what's the best way of deleting them? This is probably a silly question, but better safe than sorry. Thanks!

    :)
     
    mmshipon, Jun 9, 2016
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  2. Is it safe to delete the Windows.old folder

    Your welcome. As turns out I wanted to do this for one of my machines too, so I just did it.

    And even though it removed all the files it left a couple of folders.

    So I ended up having to changed the permissions and then manually delete them.

    Right click on Windows.old -> Properties -> Security -> Advanced

    Change after the Owner, type in your username, -> Check Names -> OK

    Select Replace owner on subcontainers and objects -> OK -> OK

    Right click on Windows.old -> Properties -> Security -> Advanced

    Select Replace all child object permission entries .... -> OK -> OK

    Now you should be able to delete Windows.old.
     
    A_User_Here, Jun 9, 2016
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  3. How to delete the windows.old folders

    I found a source. The old windows.old folders can not be deleted easily. But the empty windows.old folders can easily be deleted by using a Software tool "Puran Delete Empty Folders".

    Thanks for all who suggested me to delete the windows.old folders from C.Drive.
     
    SudhakarPaladugu, Jun 9, 2016
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  4. RWOne Win User

    OK to delete windows.old folder?

    Not a dumb question at all.

    You can remove it, my advice on doing so has been listed in the forums though.

    In short, do a disk cleanup:

    How do I remove the Windows.old folder?


    Works in 10 though written for 7.
     
    RWOne, Jun 9, 2016
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  5. davidhk Win User
    First and foremost, I would suggest that you extract the esd file from the Insider build and create an iso file for the purpose of reinstall or clean install of the same build.
    ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File

    As to you questions :

    1. If you are satisfied with the build and have no intention of going back to previous build, the answer is yes. Go ahead and delete it. It will give you back tons of disk space too.

    2. Most members will tell you using the built-in Disk Clean application to delete the Windows.old.
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html

    I use CCleaner to do the same job.
    The choice is yours, whichever you feel more comfortable.
     
    davidhk, Jun 9, 2016
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  6. mmshipon Win User
    Thank you for the advice. Much appreciated.
     
    mmshipon, Jun 9, 2016
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  7. davidhk Win User
    You are welcome.
     
    davidhk, Jun 9, 2016
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  8. TechTown Win User

    OK to delete windows.old folder?

    Its Ok to delete windows old and here i have video how to:
    [youtube]uWBjeuBaol0[/youtube]
     
    TechTown, Apr 4, 2018
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