How to delete folder Windows.old


MrWho

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I have this very large folder residing on my desktop in the C: partition. It is titled Windows.old. It is taking up a lot of my space, which I am beginning to need.
I can't move it. I can't delete it.
Furthermore, I have tried following Microsoft's procedures for deletion, but that failed. The folder did not show up.
Any thoughts? I can't be the only one with this problem. 😗 Can I?
MrWho
 
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I have this very large folder residing on my desktop in the C: partition. It is titled Windows.old. It is taking up a lot of my space, which I am beginning to need.
I can't move it. I can't delete it.
Furthermore, I have tried following Microsoft's procedures for deletion, but that failed. The folder did not show up.
Any thoughts? I can't be the only one with this problem. 😗 Can I?
MrWho
In the recent builds of Windows 11 you need to start Windows tools
I have this very large folder residing on my desktop in the C: partition. It is titled Windows.old. It is taking up a lot of my space, which I am beginning to need.
I can't move it. I can't delete it.
Furthermore, I have tried following Microsoft's procedures for deletion, but that failed. The folder did not show up.
Any thoughts? I can't be the only one with this problem. 😗 Can I?
MrWhoHi there
Hi there

@MrWho

In recent builds it's been moved.

1) open up Windows tools and choose I think in Eng Disk Utilities /or space management

My pic is in ISL but the icons are the same so in ENG should be easy to find :

Skjámynd 2022-06-23 092410.png

select say C:

Now the std "old pane" appears

Skjámynd 2022-06-23 092530.png

Cheers
jimbo
 

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In the recent builds of Windows 11 you need to start Windows tools

Hi there

@MrWho

In recent builds it's been moved.

1) open up Windows tools and choose I think in Eng Disk Utilities /or space management

My pic is in ISL but the icons are the same so in ENG should be easy to find :

View attachment 32094

select say C:

Now the std "old pane" appears

View attachment 32095

Cheers
jimbo

Disk cleanup is an option from File Explorer
 

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I had a windows.old folder after reinstall of Win11 update. It appeared after I did a factory reset and reinstalled Win11 last week. I was able to right click and select delete. Is gone or still somewhere on my laptop? I read it does automatically get removed after a month. I also now have a Default user in C: users since the update. Can I delete it?
 

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It is not advisable to delete the Default User folder.
It contains all default settings for new users that might be needed.
Usually, the Users folder should be left alone.
But it's your system.
 

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I had a windows.old folder after reinstall of Win11 update. It appeared after I did a factory reset and reinstalled Win11 last week. I was able to right click and select delete. Is gone or still somewhere on my laptop? I read it does automatically get removed after a month. I also now have a Default user in C: users since the update. Can I delete it?


That will delete Windows.old properly (and you won't run into permission issues either, doing so).
 

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It's easy, Start > Settings > Storage > Cleanup Recommendations found under Storage management.

 

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It is not advisable to delete the Default User folder.
It contains all default settings for new users that might be needed.
Usually, the Users folder should be left alone.
But it's your system.
I didn't have a default user folder before the Win11 update last week. I'm the only user.
 

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As I said, it's your system. You can do whatever you want.
There has always been a Default folder in Users in Windows as long as I can recall,
it is a hidden folder; you probably deleted the old one or did not see it.
If you are concerned about security; a user named Default does not get created and he cannot log in.
The folder is just there to offer potential new users the same interface options the first time they get on the system.
So, when you create a new user, it makes a copy of the Default folder
and rename it to the newly created user's name.
Delete it and save a whopping < 3MB, it's your system and if you are the only user...
 

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As I said, it's your system. You can do whatever you want.
There has always been a Default folder in Users in Windows as long as I can recall,
it is a hidden folder; you probably deleted the old one or did not see it.
If you are concerned about security; a user named Default does not get created and he cannot log in.
The folder is just there to offer potential new users the same interface options the first time they get on the system.
So, when you create a new user, it makes a copy of the Default folder
and rename it to the newly created user's name.
Delete it and save a whopping < 3MB, it's your system and if you are the only user...
My bad. I had "show hidden items" checked and it is marked hidden in its properties. I understand the purpose of the default folder in a work environment as I am a retired IT tech. I had forgotten it could be hidden. I just wasn't sure I needed it for my home computer with me being the only user. I changed it to "dont show..."
 

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It can be useful at home only if you want to create a new user for software testing without affecting your user registry hive.
 

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In Windows 11 22H2 you cannot find Disk Cleanup from hard disk properties. Very stupid change if you ask me. So you have to click on the search 🔎 and type Disk Cleanup to find it. You have to search for it at the appropriate language (eg Εκκαθάριση δίσκου in Greek). Searching it as Disk Cleanup in non-English Windows yields no results, also very stupid, they could have added the English words to help the search engine. Most of us that have used English Windows we always remember the English terms and we don't know our native language equivalent and this makes search difficult if not using English Windows or at least the English interface for our native language Windows. I hope someone in Microsoft reads this and they fix it in a new version. Just add the English words to improve search engine. Also please restore Disk Cleanup in hard disk properties! We are used to this since Windows XP. Why change now?

Back in topic: After you manage to run Disk Cleanup select to also clean system data (I forgot the correct term). Then make sure you check the box to delete older Windows installations (aka Windows.old folder).
 
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    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 630 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
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    Integrated Monitor (17.3"vis)
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    FHD 1920X1080 16:9
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    2 SSD SATA/NVM Express 1.3
    WDS500G2B0A-00SM50 500.1 GB
    WDCSDAPNUW-1002 256 GB
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    MS Bluetooth
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    Windows Defender
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    ASUS X751BP
    CPU
    AMD Dual Core A6-9220
    Motherboard
    ASUS
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    8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R5 M420
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3
    Screen Resolution
    1600X900 16:9
    Hard Drives
    1TB 5400RPM

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    Acer Extensa 5630EZ
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    Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 2000 MHz
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    Acer Extensa 5630
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    4GB
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    Mobile Intel(R) GMA 4500M (Mobile 4 series)
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    Realtek ALC268 @ Intel 82801IB ICH9 - High Definition Audio Controller
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    1
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    1280x800
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    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB SATA Device (250 GB, SATA-III)
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    VDSL 50 Mbps
    Browser
    MICROSOFT EDGE
    Antivirus
    WINDOWS DEFENDER
    Other Info
    Legacy MBR installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, no WDDM 2.0 graphics drivers, cannot get more unsupported ;) This is only my test laptop. I had installed Windows 11 here before upgrading my main PC. For my main PC I use everyday see my 2nd system specs.
  • Operating System
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom-built PC
    CPU
    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
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    Asus P8H61 s1155 ATX
    Memory
    2x Kingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics card(s)
    Gainward NE5105T018G1-1070F (nVidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio (ALC887)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia KDL-19L4000 19" LCD TV via VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 32-bit 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Patriot Burst Elite 480GB SSD as system disk, Western Digital Caviar Purple 4TB SATA III (WD40PURZ) as second
    PSU
    Thermaltake Litepower RGB 550W Full Wired
    Case
    SUPERCASE MIDI-TOWER
    Cooling
    Stock Intel CPU Fan, 1x 8cm fan at the back
    Mouse
    Sunnyline OptiEye PS/2
    Keyboard
    Mitsumi 101-key PS/2
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS (MBR) installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, WDDM 3.0 graphics drivers, WEI score 7.4
In Windows 11 22H2 you cannot find Disk Cleanup from hard disk properties. Very stupid change if you ask me. So you have to click on the search 🔎 and type Disk Cleanup to find it. You have to search for it at the appropriate language (eg Εκκαθάριση δίσκου in Greek). Searching it as Disk Cleanup in non-English Windows yields no results, also very stupid, they could have added the English words to help the search engine. Most of us that have used English Windows we always remember the English terms and we don't know our native language equivalent and this makes search difficult if not using English Windows or at least the English interface for our native language Windows. I hope someone in Microsoft reads this and they fix it in a new version. Just add the English words to improve search engine. Also please restore Disk Cleanup in hard disk properties! We are used to this since Windows XP. Why change now?

Back in topic: After you manage to run Disk Cleanup select to also clean system data (I forgot the correct term). Then make sure you check the box to delete older Windows installations (aka Windows.old folder).
People keep saying you cannot find it from properties but it has just moved slightly.

Click on drive, and select three dots ... on menu, then select clean-up.

Same number of clicks, and actually more logical.

No need for searches in any language.

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    Windows 10 Pro + others in VHDs
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    ASUS Vivobook 14
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    I7
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    Yep, Laptop has one.
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated Intel Iris XE
    Sound Card
    Realtek built in
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    N/A
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
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    1 TB Optane NVME SSD, 1 TB NVME SSD
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    Yep, got one
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    Yep, got one
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    Stella Artois
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    Built in
    Mouse
    Bluetooth , wired
    Internet Speed
    72 Mb/s :-(
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    Edge mostly
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    TPM 2.0
Good point this.
I think people are used to do things a certain way and changes are tough.
My version with the American 'optimize' :D

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    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. TUF Gaming FX705GM
    CPU
    2.20 gigahertz Intel i7-8750H Hyper-threaded 12 cores
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. FX705GM 1.0
    Memory
    24428 Megabytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 630 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) Display Audio / Realtek(R) Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Integrated Monitor (17.3"vis)
    Screen Resolution
    FHD 1920X1080 16:9
    Hard Drives
    2 SSD SATA/NVM Express 1.3
    WDS500G2B0A-00SM50 500.1 GB
    WDCSDAPNUW-1002 256 GB
    PSU
    19V DC 6.32 A 120 W
    Cooling
    Dual Fans
    Mouse
    MS Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    Fiber 1GB Cox -us & ADSL Bouygues -fr
    Browser
    Edge Canary- Firefox Nightly
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    VMs of Windows 11 stable/Beta/Dev/Canary
    VM of XeroLinux- Arch based & Debian 12
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Insider Canary
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS X751BP
    CPU
    AMD Dual Core A6-9220
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R5 M420
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3
    Screen Resolution
    1600X900 16:9
    Hard Drives
    1TB 5400RPM
People keep saying you cannot find it from properties but it has just moved slightly.

Click on drive, and select three dots ... on menu, then select clean-up.

Same number of clicks, and actually more logical.

No need for searches in any language.

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Thanks. I hadn't seen this.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 64-bit (build 22631.3672)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Extensa 5630EZ
    CPU
    Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 2000 MHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Extensa 5630
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) GMA 4500M (Mobile 4 series)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC268 @ Intel 82801IB ICH9 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB SATA Device (250 GB, SATA-III)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50 Mbps
    Browser
    MICROSOFT EDGE
    Antivirus
    WINDOWS DEFENDER
    Other Info
    Legacy MBR installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, no WDDM 2.0 graphics drivers, cannot get more unsupported ;) This is only my test laptop. I had installed Windows 11 here before upgrading my main PC. For my main PC I use everyday see my 2nd system specs.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro v23H2 (build 22631.3672)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom-built PC
    CPU
    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 s1155 ATX
    Memory
    2x Kingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics card(s)
    Gainward NE5105T018G1-1070F (nVidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio (ALC887)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia KDL-19L4000 19" LCD TV via VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 32-bit 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Patriot Burst Elite 480GB SSD as system disk, Western Digital Caviar Purple 4TB SATA III (WD40PURZ) as second
    PSU
    Thermaltake Litepower RGB 550W Full Wired
    Case
    SUPERCASE MIDI-TOWER
    Cooling
    Stock Intel CPU Fan, 1x 8cm fan at the back
    Mouse
    Sunnyline OptiEye PS/2
    Keyboard
    Mitsumi 101-key PS/2
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS (MBR) installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, WDDM 3.0 graphics drivers, WEI score 7.4
Good point this.
I think people are used to do things a certain way and changes are tough.
My version with the American 'optimize' :D

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You are right. If we are used to something it is not convenient to change it, no matter if the new way is easier or more logical. I remember my frustration when I could not figure out how to copy files in Windows 95. In earlier Windows 3.1 there was the File Manager utility, you clicked on the desired files and then clicked on the Copy button which was actually Copy to. You then selected the desired destination and completed the copy. In Windows 95 up to Windows 11 you select the file in Windows Explorer (called File Explorer in 11) click on Copy and then go to the desired destination and click Paste. I would not find it in a million hours. Thankfully some friend had discovered it and told me. Thankfully nowadays we can ask in Elevenforum or other forums and get a reply in a short time. Don't hesitate to ask anything. That's why the forum is for. However have a look at the other threads first. I have seen more than five threads asking how to install Windows 11 on unsupported computers while it is all discussed at the respective thread.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 64-bit (build 22631.3672)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Extensa 5630EZ
    CPU
    Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 2000 MHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Extensa 5630
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) GMA 4500M (Mobile 4 series)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC268 @ Intel 82801IB ICH9 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB SATA Device (250 GB, SATA-III)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50 Mbps
    Browser
    MICROSOFT EDGE
    Antivirus
    WINDOWS DEFENDER
    Other Info
    Legacy MBR installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, no WDDM 2.0 graphics drivers, cannot get more unsupported ;) This is only my test laptop. I had installed Windows 11 here before upgrading my main PC. For my main PC I use everyday see my 2nd system specs.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro v23H2 (build 22631.3672)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom-built PC
    CPU
    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 s1155 ATX
    Memory
    2x Kingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics card(s)
    Gainward NE5105T018G1-1070F (nVidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio (ALC887)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia KDL-19L4000 19" LCD TV via VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 32-bit 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Patriot Burst Elite 480GB SSD as system disk, Western Digital Caviar Purple 4TB SATA III (WD40PURZ) as second
    PSU
    Thermaltake Litepower RGB 550W Full Wired
    Case
    SUPERCASE MIDI-TOWER
    Cooling
    Stock Intel CPU Fan, 1x 8cm fan at the back
    Mouse
    Sunnyline OptiEye PS/2
    Keyboard
    Mitsumi 101-key PS/2
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS (MBR) installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, WDDM 3.0 graphics drivers, WEI score 7.4
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Click on drive, and select three dots ... on menu, then select clean-up.
Thanks, I hadn't realised it was there too.
You are right. If we are used to something it is not convenient to change it....
My default way to find anything hasn't changed in ages. I click Start then begin typing.
BTW, you can choose 'Run as administrator' if you want to go directly to cleaning up system files.

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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.

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