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I used a tutorial on this forum to increase the number of days the folder stays to 60. Should I keep it on an external drive, just in case? After all, Windows 11 is still kinda half-baked and buggy in some areas.

 

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I don't keep it at all, and get rid of it soon after an upgrade with disk clean-up. I keep my C: drive as exclusively for Windows as I can such that its used space is about 40 Gb. I do regular image backups with Macrium Reflect, and especially before any upgrade, so that fall-back is simple. I also don't use system restore for the same reason.

It takes 3-4 minutes to do the backup, and slightly longer for a restore as you have to first boot from the Macrium Rescue disk (actually USB stick now).
 

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I can only speak for myself. I image regularly so the windows.old is of no use to me.I give it 3 days at best after it is created. If everything runs smoothly, it's outta here.
 

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I used a tutorial on this forum to increase the number of days the folder stays to 60. Should I keep it on an external drive, just in case? After all, Windows 11 is still kinda half-baked and buggy in some areas.
Once it is removed from C drive it cannot be used to restore windows, and is only useful for having files as a backup. However, it is a really clunky way to act as a backup of files in user drives. Far better ways to back up data. Image backups have no time limit to revert.

I just make image backup before upgrading, then delete windows.old immediately.
 

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I always remove it before I make an image. Windows 11 isn't that bad
 

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I used a tutorial on this forum to increase the number of days the folder stays to 60. Should I keep it on an external drive, just in case? After all, Windows 11 is still kinda half-baked and buggy in some areas.
Sounds like the results of an inplace upgrade. So any "half-baked and buggy" issues could quite easily have been carried over from the previous installation and/or the result of a flawed upgrade process (not the end result)

Win 11 on its own as a clean install .... perfect! Consider.
 
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It completely disappeared from my PC after one of the Win11 build updates... but, had it still been on my system, well I would have gotten rid of it. As someone else posted, Win11 isn't that bad.
 

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In my windows 11 upgrade/install, windows.old size was about 10 GB to 28 GB (varying on desktop or laptop)
it's noticed when I run CCleaner, CCleaner will automatically clean up windows.old. (only about 2.5MB left after cleaning)
hence now I let CCleaner do it after upgrade.
 

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Once it is removed from C drive it cannot be used to restore windows, and is only useful for having files as a backup. However, it is a really clunky way to act as a backup of files in user drives. Far better ways to back up data. Image backups have no time limit to revert.

I just make image backup before upgrading, then delete windows.old immediately.
User files should always be moved to a separate drive/partition anyway. My C: drive has Windows only on it, everything I want to not lose is stored somewhere else.
 

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No, just make a image with Macrium before you update. But you could hold onto the windows.old folder for the 10 days if you want.
You should be making images anyway :)
 

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No, just make a image with Macrium before you update. But you could hold onto the windows.old folder for the 10 days if you want.
You should be making images anyway :)
@AddRAM I did make images in Windows 10, but now it seems like my external 128 GB (yes it's that small) drive is too small. I think the win.old folder might be the reason. Will get rid of it.
 

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I did make images in Windows 10, but now it seems like my external 128 GB (yes it's that small) drive is too small.
The other thing you can do is put the image on an external drive. This helps with storage space on the main drive.
 

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The external drive is only 128GB. They need a larger drive.
Then get a larger drive. I thought they said the main drive was 128gig.
 

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Then get a larger drive. I thought they said the main drive was 128gig.
I noticed it when I read the quote in your post.
 

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I noticed it when I read the quote in your post.
Doh! Yeah, I missed the "external" part. Sometimes you read so fast you gloss over things and end up missing key points :eek1:

Sorry :oops:
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 21H2 (22000.795)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    Intel i9-9900K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Xtreme
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair RGB Dominator Platinum (3600Mhz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon VII
    Sound Card
    Onboard (ESS Sabre HiFi using Realtek drivers)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    NEC PA242w (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    5 Samsung SSD drives: 2X 970 NVME (512 & 1TB), 3X EVO SATA (2X 2TB, 1X 1TB)
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova I000 P2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Cooler Master H500M
    Cooling
    Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
    Keyboard
    Logitech Craft
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    500mb Download. 11mb Upload
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    System used for gaming, photography, audiophile media center, work.
  • Operating System
    Win 11 Pro Dev 22H2 (build 25140.1000)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga X1
    CPU
    Intel i7-7600U
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    16igg
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 620
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14.0 WQHD OLED Touch
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB NVMe Drive (OEM)
    PSU
    laptop
    Case
    laptop
    Cooling
    Laptop cooling
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Anywhere 2S
    Keyboard
    Laptop
    Internet Speed
    100MB
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security

NavyLCDR

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I used a tutorial on this forum to increase the number of days the folder stays to 60. Should I keep it on an external drive, just in case? After all, Windows 11 is still kinda half-baked and buggy in some areas.

You should be keeping a system image made with a program such as Macrium Reflect Free instead of relying upon Windows.old.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Homebuilt
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Education
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 7773
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce MX150
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 512GB NVMe SSD
    SK Hynix 512GB SATA SSD
    Internet Speed
    Fast!

Winuser

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Doh! Yeah, I missed the "external" part. Sometimes you read so fast you gloss over things and end up missing key points :eek1:

Sorry :oops:
I'm no stranger to reading things wrong because I read something to fast.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec B746
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
    PSU
    750 Watts (62.5A)
    Case
    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
    Keyboard
    Logitech K270
    Mouse
    Logitech M185
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Dev
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy x360 15-ds1083cl
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 2.0GHZ
    Memory
    16 MB DDR 4-2666
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    PCIe NVMe M.2 512GB
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security

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