How to Delete Win Setup Files in Windows 10


You guys might have noticed a folder on your computer that is called “Windows.old.” If you did, then you probably also noticed two other things. It is using a lot of hard drive space (potentially as much as two dozen gigabytes) and also you can’t delete it using your keyboard’s Delete key. Since it has “old” in its filename, it actually seems unnecessary – is there any way to get rid of it?  Yes, you can. In this article, we are going to talk about How to Delete Win Setup Files in Windows 10. Let’s begin!

If you have recently upgraded to a new version of Windows, then the Windows. Old folder basically contains your previous installation of Windows. Then we can use to roll back to the previous configuration if you want to.

If you do not plan to go back – and few folks do then you can remove it and reclaim the space.

If, however, the update to Windows 10 goes smoothly, and you are sure that you do not want to return to a previous version of Windows. Then you can delete those old installation files to free up some space on your hard drive. This is especially essential for anyone using a device with a smaller solid-state drive (SSD).

How can you Delete Win Setup Files in Windows 10

Removing old Windows installation files can’t be done through simply selecting them and moving them to the Recycle Bin as well. You have to use Disk Cleanup, however, luckily the process is simple and won’t take long.

  • Right-tap the Start button.
  • Tap Search.
  • Then type Disk Cleanup.

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  • Right-tap Disk Cleanup.
  • Press Run as administrator.
  • Tap the dropdown arrow below Drives.
  • Tap the drive that holds your Windows installation. If you only have one drive in your PC, then this selection window will not appear; your C: drive will automatically select actually.
  • Tap OK.
  • Click the checkbox next to Previous Windows installation(s) so that a checkmark appears there.
  • Click the checkbox next to any other option in order to select or deselect whether or not they are also removed. You guys might also want to choose to remove the following options:
    • Temporary Windows installation files.
    • Windows upgrade log files.
  • Tap OK.
  • Press Delete Files.

When the old installation files are removed, then you won’t be able to roll back to a previous version of Windows. Unless you have a secondary backup that you can restore from, you will have to do a clean install of Windows to return to a previous state actually. So make sure that you are really ready before you remove the old files.


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