How to Delete the Windows.old Folder in Windows 8

Windows.oldNext month will be exactly a year since I started using Windows 8. Last week, I decided that there was no going back on Windows 8 and to that end, I made the decision to delete my Windows.old folder. This post covers how I did it.

The Windows.old folder is what you are left with when you install Windows 8 on an existing Windows installation. It contains files that enable you return back to your former installation. Mine contained close to 10 GB of data.

In order to uninstall it, follow the following steps:

Open Disk Cleanup

Press the Windows+R keys to open the Run dialog, type cleanmgr, and press Enter.

Disk Cleanup

Select the drive you want to clean

Disk Cleanup DriveClick OK to select it.

Select the previous Windows Installation

Cleanup previous Windows InstallationOnce you check the box, click OK. Disk Cleanup will run some processes and delete the Windows.old folder.

In addition to gaining a space of close to 10 GB, there is also the knowledge that I have no unnecessary baggage. It has been close to a year since running Windows 8 and I haven’t even looked at the folder. It was time for my Windows.old folder to go.

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