How to Delete Windows.Old Folder from Windows 10

If you’ve upgraded your PC to Windows 10 and now you might be wondering that what happened to the old version of the Operating system? Actually, it’s still on your computer C drive with the name Windows.old.

how to delete windows.old folder from windows 10

Windows.old is essential and come in action if you find that Windows 10 is not what you was expecting from Microsoft. With the help of this folder, you can return back to the previous version of Windows. But there is one problem, it consumes lots of precious space of your hard drive

Due to this reason, lots of users wants to delete Windows.old folder or Previous version of Windows so that they can reclaim space of hard drive which is consumed by the system for no reason. And if you’re wondering that you can delete Windows.old folder just like any other folder then you’re wrong.

Delete Previous version of Windows or Windows.old folder from Windows 10 Manually

In case you’re one out of them who want to delete Windows.old folder from Windows 10, then in this article you will read all the possible ways to make that thing happen.

First things first: If you’re wondering to downgrade from Windows 10 back to the previous version, then don’t ever think to delete that folder.

Second, if you really don’t care about the space consumed by Windows.old folder, then you don’t need to do anything, Windows 10 will automatically delete it after 30 days.

Third thing: If you’re sure that, Windows 10 is just awesome and there is no chance that you’re going back to the previous version, and you want to reclaim the storage right now, then check out these possible ways.

Delete Previous version of Windows using Settings app

Note: The following settings only available in Windows Insider Previous build 15007 or above of Windows 10 Creator update

1. Launch the Settings app. For that press WIN + I hotkey

2. Click on the System settings.

windows 10 settings app

3. Scroll down to Storage settings available on the left pane. On the right panel, you will see all local storage drives. Here you need to click on This PC (C:) local storage folder.

storage settings in windows 10

In case, you have installed Windows OS, then you need to click on that drive. In most of the cases, default windows installation is C: drive.

4. On this page, you will find out Storage usage for the same local storage. Click on the Temporary files storage usage.

delete temporary files in windows 10

5. On the next page look for the Previous version of Windows option, tick the box next to it and press the Remove files button.

previous version of windows in windows 10

That’s it. It will take few seconds to clear the previous version of Windows file depending on the size of files.

Normally this folder contains files which give you the option to revert back to the previous version of Windows. These files are automatically removed by the system. But you can remove them right now to free up space.

Delete Windows.old folder from Windows 10 using Disk Cleanup

Delete Windows.old Folder from Windows 10

1. Search Disk Cleanup using Windows 10 Start menu search bar.

Delete Windows.old Folder from Windows 10

2. Windows will appear to select the drive in which you have installed Windows 10 normally its C drive and click OK.

Delete Windows.old Folder from Windows 10

3. Now another window will appear, calculating how much space you can free using Disk cleanup. So wait until Windows scans for files

4.  Disk Cleanup for C: Windows will appear from the list of files and folders you need to scroll until you find Previous Windows installation(s).

Delete Windows.old Folder from Windows 10

Note: If Previous Windows installation folder not appears, try to scan the files again.

5. Select the box next to the entry. Also, make sure that no other entry box of the file and folder is checked until you want to delete those items. Click OK to start the cleanup process.

Once done, reboot your system, if possible!

You can check in my screenshots that I able to reclaim around 14 GB’s and I’m glad to get back my space.

Delete Windows.old Folder from Windows 10 using CCleaner

In case, you find that Windows.old is not available in Disk Cleanup utility, then there is another way to get rid of Windows.old folder from Windows 10. You can use CCleaner a freeware PC optimization tool.

1. Download CCleaner from Official Website.

2. Launch the application and under Windows tab, check the box next to the entry named as Old Windows Installation. Make sure no other entry is checked until you want to clean it.

delete windows.old from windows 10 using ccleaner

3. Click on Analyze button which is positioned at the bottom. Once it has done with scanning you will find Old Windows installation with the amount of size it consuming on your machine.

4. Click on Run Cleaner button to clean Old Windows installation as well as Windows.old folder.

You’re Done

Delete Windows.old Folder from Windows 10 using CCleaner

Guess what you can get rid of Windows.old from Windows 10 right from Command Prompt. In case, you don’t want to follow the method discussed above, then you can also use this method

1. Launch Command Prompt as Administrator. For that, Search for Command Prompt and make a right click and select Run as administrator.

When UAC menu appears click Yes.

delete windows.old folder from windows 10

2.  In command prompt, you need to execute the following command and hit Enter

RD /S /Q %SystemDrive%\windows.old

You’re done!

So these are some of the best ways to delete Windows.old folder from Windows 10. Why don’t you give a try and save some GB’s on your machine?

In case, you’re looking for a way to automatically clear temporary files in Windows 10. You can use newly introduced Storage sense settings in Windows 10.

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