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How to Delete Windows.old Folder in Windows 10

If you performed a refresh of Windows 10, upgrade to Windows 10, or a custom install of Windows 10 on the same partition as the previous Windows installation without doing a clean install, then you will have a C:\Windows.old folder in your new installation afterwards. The Windows.old folder contains a copy of the previous Windows installation, and can be quite large in size.

If you already had a C:\Windows.old folder in the installation that you performed a refresh, upgrade install, or a custom install on, then it may be renamed to say C:\Windows.old.(1) (older previous installation) in addition to the latest C:\Windows.old folder. The most recent previous Windows installation will always be in the C:\Windows.old folder.

This tutorial will show you how to delete the Windows.old and $Windows.~BT folders that has been placed in the root directory of the Windows drive when you do a refresh or upgrade install of Windows 10.

EXAMPLE: Windows.old Folder

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Delete "Windows.old" Folder in Disk Cleanup

1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type cleanmgr, and click/tap on OK to open Disk Cleanup.

2. If you have more than one drive or partition on your PC, then select the Windows C: drive, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on the Clean up system files button. (see screenshot below)

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4. Check the Previous Windows installation(s) box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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5. Click/tap on Delete Files to confirm. (see screenshot below)

6. When Disk Cleanup finishes, the C:\Windows.old folder will be deleted

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