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windows.old folder

by Walt H / August 28, 2017 5:39 AM PDT

I just purchased and setup an ACEPC AK1 Mini PC Windows 10 Intel Celeron J3455 Quad Core 4GB RAM 32GB eMMC. As I was browsing through drive C to look for files/folders I don't need to give more usable space, I noticed a folder "windows.old". Once in a while I would get a notification that I'm running low on storage and to delete old version of windows. Is the "windows.old" folder safe to delete?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 28, 2017 6:40 AM PDT
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Re: windows.old folder
by Walt H / August 28, 2017 8:21 AM PDT

What confuses me about my windows.old folder is that I did not upgrade from a previous version of windows. This is from a brand new mini PC whereby as soon as you turn it on for the first time you set up windows 10. So why is there a windows.old folder? I was thinking that folder my be there as a way to go back to the factory default set up in case something goes wrong.

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I found it on many machines.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 28, 2017 9:18 AM PDT
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Microsoft updated W10 recently in such a way the .old folder was created. Nothing nefarious going on there.

I've yet to see the windows.old folder used for factory default resets.

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Re: windows.old folder
by Walt H / August 28, 2017 10:51 AM PDT

OK! Thanks.

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