Windows.old

Peterr

Extraordinary Member
#1
After a refresh of Windows I cleaned the system files.
Do I need to delete the Windows.old folder too?
 


ussnorway

Windows Forum Team
Staff member
Premium Supporter
#2
Do I need to delete the Windows.old folder too?
no you don't need to but you can if you want

  • right click the C drive
  • select disk clean-up and the extra clean up system files option
  • tick previous windows

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p.s, the folder itself will be removed by the clean up... that is one way you know that you did not make a mistake

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Hermitkrab

Active Member
#3
Is there any benefit to deleting Windows Old? Shouldn't that be kept if you wish to reset your computer?
 


Neemobeer

Windows Forum Team
Staff member
#4
The benefit would be to reclaim space. The Windows.old directory will automatically be removed in 30 days.
 


Axel PC

Well-Known Member
#5
@Neemobeer I thought it stayed until you deleted it? Now, will the entire folder be deleted or just the contents and are you notified when it's deleted? Thanks.
 


Neemobeer

Windows Forum Team
Staff member
#6
The entire Windows.Old directory will be removed.

On Pro and Enterprise versions you can get and set the rollback counter

DISM /Online /Get-OSUninstallWindow

DISM /Online /Set-OSUninstallWindow /Value:<days>
 


Axel PC

Well-Known Member
#7
Oh wow yeah my .old file is empty.
 


ussnorway

Windows Forum Team
Staff member
Premium Supporter
#8
ime the only real benefit is having control of your files {important for some backup software} and yes there could be malware hiding in it but thats not likely
 


Axel PC

Well-Known Member
#9
I suppose it's not a big deal. It was Windows 7 Pro but I am on Windows 10 Pro now too.
 


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