How to delete Windows.old in Windows 8


As an IT administrator, it is important to ensure that all computers are properly maintained and up to date. Windows 8 includes an important feature known as Windows.old, which is a folder that is created when a computer is upgraded from an earlier version of Windows. The folder contains files and settings from your previous Windows installation, and can be used to help you restore the computer to its previous state if the upgrade is unsuccessful.

However, in some cases the Windows.old folder can take up a large amount of disk space and should be deleted. The following steps can be used to delete the Windows.old folder on a computer running Windows 8:

1. Open the Control Panel and go to System and Security > Backup and Restore.

2. Click the \Cleanup system files\ button.

3. Select the drive where Windows is installed.

4. Check the box next to \Previous Windows Installations\ and click OK.

5. Confirm that you want to delete the Windows.old folder by clicking the Delete button.

Note that deleting the Windows.old folder is permanent and cannot be undone. It is important to make sure that you have backed up any important files or settings from the previous Windows installation before you delete the Windows.old folder.

It is also important to note that the Windows.old folder will not be created if you perform a clean install of Windows 8. In this case, there is no need to delete the folder as it does not exist.

Finally, if you are trying to free up disk space, deleting the Windows.old folder may not be the best solution. There are other ways to free up disk space, such as deleting unnecessary files and programs and using a disk cleanup utility.

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