After Upgrade you can delete the Windows.Old file via disk properties


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Don't forget after installing W11 via update from a previous version of Windows you can delete the Windows.old file via the disk properties - on my system that was 21 GB of space

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jimbo
 

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Hi folks
Don't forget after installing W11 via update from a previous version of Windows you can delete the Windows.old file via the disk properties - on my system that was 21 GB of space

Cheers
jimbo
All I do is highlite the file and hit delete.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro (x64) 23H2 22631.3296
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    PC/Desktop
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    Custom Made
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    Intel Core i9-14900KS @5.9MHz
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    ASUS ROG Maximus Apex Z790
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    G.Skill DDR5 - 7800 - F5-7800J3646H16X2-TZ5RK 32GB
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    ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090 OC Edition
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    1920x1080@165Hz
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    Samsung 980 PRO 500GB - M.2 NVMe,
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    EVGA SuperNOVA 1200 P2 80+ PLATINUM
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    ASUS ROG Ryujin II 360 RGB all-in-one liquid CPU cooler 360mm Radiator
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    Razer Huntsman Elite
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    Logitech MX Master 3 Wireless
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    FireFox, and Chrome
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    MalwareBytes Pro / Windows Defender
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    Windows 11 Pro (x64) 23H2 22631.2792
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    Custom Made
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    Intel Core i9-9900K @5.0GHz
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    ASUS ROG Apex X (Z370)
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    G.Skill DDR4 F4-3200C14D - 32GBGTZSW
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    EVGA Geforce GTX 2080 Ti FTW3
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    Realtek High Definition Audio
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    55" LG 4K Ultra HD TV
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    1920x1080@60Hz
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    Samsung 960 PRO M.2 512GB, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB, WD Black 1TB Performance Desktop Hard Drive
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    EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G2, 80+ GOLD 850W
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    Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis
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    Corsair H150i PRO RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler,360mm
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    Logitech Wireless Mouse
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    Logitech K350 Wireless
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    400 / 20
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    FireFox / Chrome
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    MalwareBytes Pro / Windows Defender / SAS Pro
No more Disk Cleanup requirement?
 

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    Windows 11 22631.2861
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    homebuilt
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    Amd Threadripper 7970X
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    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
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    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
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    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
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    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
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    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
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    3840 X 2160 @ 60Hz
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    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
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    Seagate 18TB IronWolf Pro
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    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
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    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo XL
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    Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360, with 3 Phanteks T30 fans
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    Logitech K120 (wired)
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    Logitech M500s (wired)
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    1200 Mbps
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    windows 11 22631.2861
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    Intel I9-13900K
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    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
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    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
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    built in Realtek
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    Asus PA329C
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    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
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    WDC SN850 1TB
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
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    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
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    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo
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    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
No more Disk Cleanup requirement?
You can still use that method or ....try this method.

Step 1. Press “Win + X” to call out the power user menu. Then select “Command Prompt (Admin)” and allow it to take control of your PC.

Step 2. In the command prompt window, type “RD /S /Q %SystemDrive%\windows.old” and hit Enter. Then Windows.old folder will be deleted in Windows 10 without any obstacles.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro (x64) 23H2 22631.3296
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Made
    CPU
    Intel Core i9-14900KS @5.9MHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus Apex Z790
    Memory
    G.Skill DDR5 - 7800 - F5-7800J3646H16X2-TZ5RK 32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090 OC Edition
    Sound Card
    Integrated ROG SupremeFX
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q 27 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080@165Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 PRO 500GB - M.2 NVMe,
    Samsung 970 EVO SSD 1TB - M.2 NVMe,
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB,
    WD Black 1TB Performance Hard Drive
    PSU
    EVGA SuperNOVA 1200 P2 80+ PLATINUM
    Case
    Phanteks Enthoo Primo Special Edition
    Cooling
    ASUS ROG Ryujin II 360 RGB all-in-one liquid CPU cooler 360mm Radiator
    Keyboard
    Razer Huntsman Elite
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3 Wireless
    Internet Speed
    950 / 40
    Browser
    FireFox, and Chrome
    Antivirus
    MalwareBytes Pro / Windows Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro (x64) 23H2 22631.2792
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Made
    CPU
    Intel Core i9-9900K @5.0GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Apex X (Z370)
    Memory
    G.Skill DDR4 F4-3200C14D - 32GBGTZSW
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA Geforce GTX 2080 Ti FTW3
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    55" LG 4K Ultra HD TV
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080@60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 960 PRO M.2 512GB, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB, WD Black 1TB Performance Desktop Hard Drive
    PSU
    EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G2, 80+ GOLD 850W
    Case
    Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis
    Cooling
    Corsair H150i PRO RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler,360mm
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless Mouse
    Keyboard
    Logitech K350 Wireless
    Internet Speed
    400 / 20
    Browser
    FireFox / Chrome
    Antivirus
    MalwareBytes Pro / Windows Defender / SAS Pro
You can still use that method or ....try this method.

Step 1. Press “Win + X” to call out the power user menu. Then select “Command Prompt (Admin)” and allow it to take control of your PC.

Step 2. In the command prompt window, type “RD /S /Q %SystemDrive%\windows.old” and hit Enter. Then Windows.old folder will be deleted in Windows 10 without any obstacles.
Had to look that up. I don't recall ever using the RD (remove directory) command in the Windows command line. S switch is for subdirectories, Q for quiet (no prompts). Does it do anything differently from removing a folder from within Windows Explorer?
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Amd Threadripper 7970X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
    Memory
    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
    Sound Card
    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
    WD 4TB Blue SATA SSD
    Seagate 18TB IronWolf Pro
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo XL
    Cooling
    Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360, with 3 Phanteks T30 fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps
  • Operating System
    windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I9-13900K
    Motherboard
    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA329C
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
Disk cleanup is the Microsoft 'preferred' method. But whatever works for you.

Since I actually upgraded my existing Windows 10 install, even though I Have a full backup of the Win 10, I'm keeping mine. it's 24 GB (out of 1 TB). I'm not hurting for space, and I may want to revert (and moreover, test the revert process) to see if 1) it works, and 2) If it takes another #$%^$%^$#^ hour.....
 

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    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
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    4 * 32 GB - Corsair Vengeance 3600 MHz
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    3x 3840 x 2160
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    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
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    Defender + MB 5 Beta
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
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    16 GB
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    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
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    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
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    Dell laptop display 15"
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    1920 * 1080
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    INTEL Cherryville 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
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    Dell
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