3 Ways to Delete Windows.old Folder in Windows 11 & 10

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After upgrading your PC to a newer version of Windows, the PC keeps a folder by the name Windows.old that contains the files of the previously installed windows. Now, this folder is necessary if you have plans to downgrade to the previous Windows or want some files from the old Windows to your new one. But this folder is of very heavy size and occupies a ton of space for no reason on most the PCs hence it is a good idea to delete this folder to get some extra space in your C Drive.

If you also want to do the same then here is a complete guide on how to delete the Windows.old folder on your Windows 11 or Windows 10 PC.

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How to Delete Windows.old folder on Windows

There are a number of different ways that you can follow to get rid of Windows.old folder. Below are all the ways discussed in detail with step by step process of execution.

Method 1: Delete Windows.old manually

The first way is to manually locate and delete the Windows.old folder. For this method, you are needed to have administrative privileges. Hence if you have different login accounts, then log in to your PC with the one that has the admin rights.

Step 1: Press the Win + E key combination on your keyboard to open Windows Explorer. You can also search for the same or simply open it from the Taskbar.

Step 2: Now, navigate to the C Drive or the drive where your Windows is installed.

Step 3: Once you are in the C Drive, you’ll see the Windows.old folder located there. Right-click on it and delete it.

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Step 4: Click on the Continue option to confirm the deletion of the Windows.old folder.

Method 2: Delete Windows.old using Disk Cleanup

Windows comes with the Disk Clean Up utility that can also be used as a means to delete the Windows.old folder. Windows.old folder is basically the Windows files from the previous installation and it can be easily deleted with the Disk Cleanup.

Step 1: Search for Disk Cleanup in the search bar and open it.

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open disk cleanup

Step 2: Now select the C Drive to open the Disk Cleanup for that drive.

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select disk cleanup drive

Step 3: Now, click on the Clean up system files button in the bottom left corner.

clean up system files

Step 4: Next, switch to the Disk Cleanup tab and checkmark the Previous Windows Installation(s) option and click on OK.

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Step 5: Click on the Delete Files option in the confirmation box.

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Step 6: You may now see a disclaimer box saying that deleting the old windows installation files will eliminate the way to restore your PC. Click on Yes to confirm the deletion.

And that’s it. Windows will not begin the deletion process that will get completed within a couple of seconds or minutes, depending upon the size of the files.

Method 3: Delete Windows.old using Storage Sense

The Storage can also be used to manage the storage of the PC which is our ultimate goal by deleting the Windows.old folder. Here’s how to use Storage Sense to remove the folder.

Windows 11

Step 1: Open settings on your PC by pressing Win+I on the keyboard.

Step 2: In Settings, navigate to System > Storage.

system storage windows 11

Step 3: Scroll down and switch on the toggle for Storage Sense feature if it is not already.

enable storage sense

Step 3: After enabling Storage Sense, click on it.

Step 4: Now, scroll down and click on the Run Storage Sense Now option.

run storage sense now

Once done, wait for the cleanup to finish. This will automatically delete the Windows.old folder along with other unnecessary files occupying the space.

Windows 10

Step 1: Open Windows Settings by pressing Win+I on the keyboard.

Step 2: Navigate to System > Storage.

Step 3: Under the Storage Sense section, click on the Configure Storage Sense or run it now option.

configure storage sense or run it now

Step 4: Here, checkmark the Delete previous version of Windows option and click on the Clean Now button.

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Bottom Line

And there you go! This is how simple it is to delete the Windows.old folder on the Windows 11 or Windows 10 PC. Windows.old is a folder that gets created in the C Drive when you install an upgraded version of windows. This works as a backup for the system if in case you want to downgrade to the previous version of Windows. The same can also be used to extract te files that were in the previous Windows installation to be used in the newly installed Windows.

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Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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