How to delete windows.old folder

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What is windows.old folder ?
Windows.old folder is  created after formatting your pc, it contains all the data that your pc contains before formatting. It’s useful because you don’t need to worry about losing your data after formatting your pc but the size of the folder windows.old it huge that’s why, after formatting your pc, you copy the  data that you want to keep in your new session in the directory C: and delete it.
How to delete windows.old folder ?
  1. You go to the Start Menu, type in the Search Bar “Disk cleanup”,click on “Disk cleanup”
  2.  They will ask you which drive you want to clean up, choose “C:” (it will be C: by default), then press “Ok”
  3. Wait until it analyse the C : drive
  4. After analyzing the C: drive it will bring up a window, click on the button down left the window “clean up system files”
  5. Click “Ok”
  6. Wait until it end analyzing again
  7. A new window appear , check the “Previous Windows installation(s)” ( as you can see it have a big size) and uncheck the other boxes then click “OK” , a new window appear asking you if you want to delete this files, click “delete files”.
  8. Wait until “Disk clean up”  complete the deleting process, and now your windows.old folder is deleted .


Ayoub Hitana

Ayoub Hitana is a computer science student at the Faculty of Science of Bizerte, Carthage University, Tunisia

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