How to delete Windows.old folder on Windows 10?

How to delete Windows.old folder on Windows 10?

When you upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, there will be a folder called Windows.old on your system. These Windows.old folders occupy nearly 15 GB on the hard drive, the percentage of space occupied is quite significant. However you can delete this Windows.old folder without any problems.

In the article below, the network administrator will guide you on how to delete this folder on your Windows 10 computer.

How to delete Windows.old folder to free up space?

  • Delete the Windows.old folder using Disk Cleanup
  • Delete the Windows.old folder in Command Prompt with admin rights
  • Delete the Windows.old folder in the Command Prompt when booting
  • Delete the Windows.old and $ Windows. ~ BT folders in the Storage settings
  • Delete the Windows.old and $ Windows. ~ BT folders in the Storage Sense settings

Delete the Windows.old folder using Disk Cleanup

To delete the Windows.old folder in Windows 10, follow the steps below:

Step 1:

On the Search Windows box, enter the keyword Free up disk space.

Step 2:

Click on the shortcut Free up disk space …

Step 3:

Click OK.

Step 4:

At this point, the Disk Cleanup window will appear. In this window, select Clean up system files.

Step 5:

Click OK.

Step 6:

When the Disk Cleanup window appears again, check the Previews Windows installations option , then choose OK .

Step 7:

Select Delete Files to delete files.

Step 8:

Select Yes to agree to delete files.

The process of deleting the Windows.old folder on Windows 10 will take anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes.

Delete the Windows.old folder in Command Prompt with admin rights

1. Open Command Prompt as administrator.

2. Copy and paste the commands below into the Command Prompt one after another and press Enter after each one.

Note : If you have another windows.old. (1) folder also want to delete, then you can repeat these commands (replace that name for windows.old to delete).

takeown /F "C:Windows.old" /A /R /DY icacls "C:Windows.old" /grant *S-1-5-32-544:F /T /C /Q RD /S /Q "C:Windows.old"

3. When done, you can Command Prompt if you want.

Delete the Windows.old folder in Command Prompt with admin rights

Delete the Windows.old folder in the Command Prompt when booting

1. Boot into Command Prompt when booting.

2. To verify the Windows 10 drive letter when booting:

Note : The Windows 10 drive letter may not always be C: at boot, like when Windows starts, so make sure to verify the drive letter before executing the command in step 3 below to see how This works.

A) Type diskpart into Command Prompt and press Enter.

B) Enter the volume list into the Command Prompt and press Enter.

C) From the listed drives, find and verify the drive letter of Windows 10.

D) In Command Prompt, type exit and press Enter.

Verify the Windows 10 drive letter when booting

3. To delete the Windows.old folder:

A) Enter the command below into the Command Prompt and press Enter.

RD /S /Q "D:Windows.old"

Make sure to replace D in the command below with the actual Windows drive letter as shown from step 2 above. If you have another windows.old. (1) folder also want to delete, then you can repeat this command (replace that folder name for Windows.old to delete).

B) Close Command Prompt.

Delete the Windows.old folder

4. Click the Continue button to restart the computer and continue using Windows 10.

Delete the Windows.old and $ Windows. ~ BT folders in the Storage settings

1. Open Settings and click the System icon .

2. Click Storage on the left side and click Temporary files in the Local Disk C: drive under Storage on the right side.

If you don’t see the Temporary files , click the Show more categories link to view it.

Click on Temporary files in the Local Disk C: drive under Storage on the right side

3. Check the box of Previous Windows installation (s) , uncheck anything you don’t want to delete and click the Remove files button when ready.

Check the box Previous Windows installation (s)

4. When done, you can close Settings if desired.

Delete the Windows.old and $ Windows. ~ BT folders in the Storage Sense settings

This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 16226.

1. Open Settings and click the System icon .

2. Click Storage on the left side and click the Configure Storage Sense or run it now link under Storage on the right.

3. Check the Delete previous versions of Windows box at the bottom, uncheck anything you don’t want to delete, and click the Clean now button .

Check the Delete previous versions of Windows box at the bottom

4. When done, you can close Settings if desired.

You can refer to some more articles below:

  • Start Windows 10 “fast as the wind” with Fast Startup
  • 10 animations that illustrate the most prominent features in Windows 10
  • How does Windows 7, 8 not automatically upgrade to Windows 10?

Good luck!

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