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Old 15-11-17, 09:56
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Hi,

Having updated to "Winver_1709_16299.19", on 20.10.2017, I expected the 32Gb of the Windows.old folder to be removed after 10 days.

This didn't happen, but now nearly 4 weeks on, the Windows.old folder is still there, but now empty.

However.... I haven't gained any Hard drive space. The Windows.old folder was 32Gb, so I would have expected to gain that much back...

Any ideas where the free space has gone please?

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Old 15-11-17, 10:18
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I'd run Disk Cleanup and when it has done its first pass, click on for it to check the system files to see how much can be freed up.

You may need to check additional boxes to bring the total up from what it has default checked for removal.
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Old 15-11-17, 16:53
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Thank you - I have done this, and gained 2Gb which is still a lot less than I'd have expected.
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In reference to the above post, I have just completed the update to one of my desktop PCs.The Update went OK, but - again - I have 25Gb of stuff in my Windows.old folder.

As I don't intend to roll back, can I just delete the Windows.old folder in its entirety?
In my eyes, I would then free up 25Gb back onto my C drive...

...or is it not as simple as this...
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Old 15-11-17, 20:37
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The advice from MS is to use Disk Clean-up (type in search box)> Clean up System Files > Previous Windows Installation(s)

I presume because it will remove any other OS files associated with Windows.old
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Thank you - I have done this, and gained 2Gb which is still a lot less than I'd have expected.
Did you click on Clean up system files after the first pass ?

It will tell you at the top how much you can free up but you will need to scroll down the pane and check the one for old Windows systems so that it will include Windows.old.

It takes ages to manually uninstall Windows.old even after taking ownership of it and then it won't let you delete some files.

Disk Cleanup is the best method.
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Old 17-11-17, 18:36
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The advice from MS is to use Disk Clean-up (type in search box)> Clean up System Files > Previous Windows Installation(s)

I presume because it will remove any other OS files associated with Windows.old
Disk Clean up gives me the following options:
Downloaded program files
Temporary Internet Files
System Created Windows error reporting...
Direct X Shader Cache
Delivery optimisation files
Recycle bin
Temporary Files
Thumbnails

but NOT Old Windows Systems
That is NOT in the list

Edit: No - sorry - did it twice - now visible
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Old 17-11-17, 19:13
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You could try this.

Download Search Everything from http://www.voidtools.com

Run a search for *.old

This will display any .old files you have. You can then delete any you do not want.
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Old 17-11-17, 20:51
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Disk Clean up gives me the following options:
Downloaded program files
Temporary Internet Files
System Created Windows error reporting...
Direct X Shader Cache
Delivery optimisation files
Recycle bin
Temporary Files
Thumbnails

but NOT Old Windows Systems
That is NOT in the list

Edit: No - sorry - did it twice - now visible
After the first pass you need to click on Clean system files.

There's more than just the old Window Systems you can click on as there are also associated files for the update.
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Have a look at this info on Win 10 clean up.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article...-cleanup-tool/

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