Questions tagged [windows.old]

For questions involving the folder C:\Windows.old or its contents. Do not use this tag for questions about old versions of Windows; use the version-specific tag instead (for example, [windows-7], [windows-xp], [windows-server-2003]).

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How do I add an account with permissions to the entirety of the subdirectory structure and all files contained therein?

Bricked my system. Recovered it. Trying to move the windows.old folder (move, not delete) from the system drive so I can pick it apart later. Permissions problems. Because of course. Added the new ...
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Recover entire windows 10 install from windows.old

My pc recently ran into some issues and I had to end up reinstalling windows to fix the boot (which is done). But I must've accidentally installed windows again on the drive that I wanted to fix since ...
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Is the Windows.old folder compressed to save space? What files does it contain?

I want to upgrade my system from Windows 7 to Windows 8. However, I am currently using more than half of my disk space. I read that Windows will create a "Windows.old" folder with a full ...
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How do you restore a user from windows.old?

How do I take a user account from windows.old and make it usable on the version of Windows currently being booted? Both versions are Windows 10, though I doubt this affects it much.
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Deleting windows.old from linux live

I have laptop with windows 10 and im trying to delete windows.old folder from linux mint booted in live mode. I have mounted HDD in -rw mode. i have rwxrwxrwx permissions for all sub-directories ...
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How does Disk Cleanup determine whether an old Windows installation exists?

How does the Disk Cleanup utility determine whether there is an old Windows installation present? I notice that just creating a Windows.old directory with a file inside doesn't cause it to detect the ...
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Windows Update (sorta) bricked my computer. Now I want my settings back

After the most recent Windows Update, I saw this screen. Clicking the button, the computer restarted, and returned to this screen. So then I burnt a copy of Windows and reinstalled it: But that wasn'...
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Windows 10 upgrade, 32-bit programs, and Windows.old

I've recently upgraded my system from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Although some of the UI changes greatly annoy me, I'm leaning towards keeping it at the moment. However one thing that worries me a bit ...
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If I refreshed Win10, would it shift all my apps to a Windows.old folder?

"{NB: This question is mostly about the follow-ups}" 1. What would happen if I refreshed Win10, would the refresh-process then shift all my self-installed apps to a Window.old folder? YES or NO? ...
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Windows.Old keeps reappearing in each drive of the system even after delete and keeps increasing in size

I have installed windows 10 creators update recently. I have been noticing a strange behavior in my system lately. A Windows.Old folder is created in each and every drive of my PC. Even if i delete it ...
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How to Reset Windows 10 to a clean state from Troubleshooting Mode

I have made a stupid thing deleting the windows.old folder with CCleaner. I have read already the question Windows 10 spinning dots on black screen , which describes my problem but the answer doesn't ...
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What does Windows.old folder contain?

Windows.old isn't only created when reinstalling or upgrading to a new version Windows, but also during major Windows updates. What is stored in the folder? Only system files or user data as well? ...
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Is there anything I might want to save from the Windows.old folder if I don't want to downgrade Windows?

I upgraded to Windows 10 recently and have a windows.old folder, which I am interested in deleting because it takes up a lot of disk space. Several websites have noted that windows.old exists in case ...
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Windows.old folder appeared after Windows 10 Anniversary Update

I found Windows.old folder (23 GB) on my system drive after the recent major Windows 10 update. I haven't recently installed a new operating system, I moved to Win 10 a year ago and I did a fresh ...
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Windows old folder after updating?

After upgrading to Win10 Anniversary Update a new Windows.old folder appeared on my main drive that is around 6 GB~. Why did it appear? Is it safe to delete?
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windows.old folder restored from external backup is not recognized for rollback in Windows 10 insider preview

Would like to do a proper rollback with the windows.old folder of Windows 10 which was restored from external backup to it's original location; yet the system and startup dialog negates the option. ...
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Will arbitrary folders save after reinstalling Windows?

I need to reinstall Windows 8 but want to keep an important folder, C:\Data. What folders are saved in _windows.old_? Are manually created folders in the root of the hard disk copied? At the moment, ...
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Windows.old results empty after windows 10 update

I've been stuck in this situation from a couple of hours and can't really find any solution to that issue. Background: My friend's pc (an HP computer) (with windows 10 upgraded from windows 8.1) had ...
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Deleting Windows.Old [duplicate]

I am the only user on my laptop. I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Anytime I try to delete the Windows.old folder, I get a prompt that says Folder Access Is Denied You will need ...
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Lost user files when upgrading windows. How can I recover files? (windows.old folder did not capture other user accounts)

Due to an issue with booting, I had to reinstall windows 7 over an existing windows 10 installation. I chose the option which allows you to keep your old windows files through the windows.old folder ...
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Windows.old not gone after disk cleanup?

I have tried using disk cleanup to remove 'previous versions of windows' but this only removes a few MB. The first time it went from around 5GB to around 900MB, then each time I run the disk cleanup ...
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How do I remove the 'Windows.Old' directory in Windows 10?

Besides simply right clicking on the file and selecting delete, is there another way to delete the windows.old folder? Manually deleting the folder has proven to be rather tedious as I have to take ...
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How to copy windows.old folder to another drive?

I have upgraded my Windows 7 to Windows 10 (final) just 2 days ago. As I can see, all the files for Win7 are now located under C:\windows.old folder. That's great of course, but now I want to backup ...
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Remove the windows.old folder after it has already been deleted

When I upgraded from Windows Vista to Windows 7, I copied all of my files back over from the Windows.old folder. When I was done I deleted the Windows.old folder with the deleted key and then deleted ...
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Windows.old folder loaded with Vista - Is it needed?

I have a laptop which is loaded with Windows Vista. There is a folder called Windows.Old in the C: drive which occupies about 2.5 GB of disk space and I badly need the space. Do I really need the ...