How to Delete Windows.old Folder in Windows 10

If you are looking for a solution to delete the Windows.old folder, then you might be concerned about your system’s performance and health. Of course, the folder is not affecting or harmful to your system but may be eating up space and memory. Thus, creating more space by removing a file from the system could be a decision worth taken. Well, if you have attempted to delete the folder and unable to delete, you must not have tried an inbuilt Disk Clean up tool of Windows 10.

It is possible that people don’t know what the Windows.old folder is. Well, the folder contains the files and version of previous Windows installation. When you upgrade your Windows to the new version, Windows creates the folder automatically. So, if you have Windows 7 or 8 in your system and your upgrading to Windows 10, then the windows will create the folder which will contain the file and previous version of the Windows 7 or 8 according to your system. It is kind of a facility that the Windows developers provide to its users in case if they would want to downgrade to the previous version.

Some people ask if it is safe to delete the folder. Well, yes it is entirely safe to delete the previous version folder from the system. But, once the folder is deleted, then you cannot downgrade to the previous version of Windows. In that scenario, you will need to reinstall the Windows you want to use. The folder is located in C drive’s Windows folder. It is not necessary to delete the folder, as the Windows will automatically delete it after 30 days of upgradation.

Here, how to delete Windows.old folder in Windows 10

  1. Press Windows + E key to open File Explorer
  2. Go to Windows search field in the right corner
  3. Type Cleanup
  4. Now, click Disk Cleanup
  5. Select Cleanup system files
  6. Windows will scan the files and later it will present the selected files
  7. Scroll down to Previous Windows Installations and click in the checkbox
  8. You can choose the other boxes as well if you want to delete them
  9. Click Ok to begin the process

With the inbuilt tool of Windows which present in every version, it is easy to delete and create more space in the disk for other necessary files. Even though the folder eats a lot of space, it could be useful to keep in the system. The previous version folder can be useful to get the older version of the system. Think wisely before deleting the Windows.old folder.

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