How to Delete the Windows.old Folder to Free Up Space

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Kellman616
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Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:51 am

Introduction

The Windows.old folder can take up quite a bit of space. This folder is created when you upgrade from one version of Windows to another. The Windows.old folder contains all the files and data from your previous Windows installation. In a best case scenario, it might be 12 GB or so of hard disk space. But it could easily consume 20 GB or more. So in this tutorial, I will show you how to delete the windows.old Folder to Free Up Space.

First things first: If you think you might want to downgrade from Windows 10 back to the previous version, don't delete that folder.

Steps:

Step 1: Click in Windows' search field, type Cleanup, then click Disk Cleanup.
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Step 2: Click the "Clean up system files" button.
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Step 3: Wait a bit while Windows scans for files, then scroll down the list until you see "Previous Windows installation(s)."
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Step 4: Please make sure it is checked before you hit OK. You can also check other items as well here to free up more.

By doing these, Windows.old should have been deleted.

If you have any questions, please let me know~ ;)

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Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:10 am

Sounds good! Many thanks for your sharing! :)
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