How to remove “Windows.old” folder from Windows 10

How to get rid of "Windows.old" folder from Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 provides many new features and upgrades over previous Windows 8. Among many other areas, Windows 10 is made to keep your files secure and to prevent unwanted loss. It means stronger backups, and one of such backup is also secured for your previous windows, when you upgrade to Windows 10.

But unless you are on test with Windows 10 and want to get back to old version, the backup means nothing for you. Most of the users use the running windows 10 as their ultimate option. If you are among such contemporary users than there is no need to let the big portion of your storage remain occupied.

Here is the step-wise procedure to get rid of ‘windows.old’ folder, which contains this huge backup.

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How to get rid of "Windows.old" folder from Windows 10

Step 1:

While using Windows 10 you can find the search option quite easily. In the search option type “Disk Cleanup” and open the tweak as it appears.

Step 2:

Now at Disk Cleanup wizard you will find several option to check or uncheck. Find and click the ‘Clean up system files.’

Step 3:

How to get rid of "Windows.old" folder from Windows 10

Meanwhile, let the Windows locate files to be clean up. Among many files recommended for cleanup you can find and choose ‘Previous Windows installation.’ It is the right location for your Windows installation files. Here they are are saved, and you need to clean them up.

Step 4:

In next step check mark all boxes that you want to clean up including the Previous Windows installation. Now to start the clean up click Ok and windows will start deleting your files.

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As you are finished you can feel your Windows running lightly as about 25GB is now removed off your PC. Yes this is quite a big data and almost your old windows kept simultaneously with your running windows. This huge unusable data can made your Windows run slowly. However those users who want to get back to Windows 8 in case of any crash should better keep the backup. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Read about our Affiliates Disclosure Policy here.