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I just noticed there is a Windows.old folder on my drive.

I was under the impression this folder is only created when doing an install, or an upgrade of windows?

I haven't done a new install of windows or an upgrade as this is a new laptop and the folder wasn't there last week; however the folder date seems to coincide with a windows update.

Can this folder also be created just from a windows update too?

  • as far as I know, that is normal behavior – Blaine Jun 19 '16 at 13:09
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Can this folder also be created just from a windows update too?

Yes, it does in case of major updates.

Major updates in Windows 10 such as the November update or the coming Aniversity update change the OS version and not just the build. When these updates are installed the files related to older version of windows will be stored in windows.old folder. This folder will be automatically be deleted after 30 days.

however the folder date seems to coincide with a windows update

That should be major update that changes the OS version.

Difference between build and version

Consider the following screenshot,

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The version is 1511 means it is corresponds to 2015 November release. The updates released after the November update does not add any new features and hence does not change the version of the operating system.

Builds may change with minor updates which contain only bug fixes or minor tweaks.

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