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    how dangerous is it to delete a windows.old file

    i reinstalled XP on my computer and realized it made a windows.old folder and this thing is gobling up 3/4s of hard drive can i do away with it cause it wont let me install the windows7 upgrade due to lack of space.
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    Should be fine.

    A better idea might be to install Windows 7 from scratch.

    Be sure and back up your data.
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    Install Ubuntu.

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    Install from scratch so that any root kits, and other junk etc are cleaned up. I should do this myself. It's such a drag though because you have to waste time re-connecting to internet, downloading virus protection etc, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 009jim View Post
    Install from scratch so that any root kits, and other junk etc are cleaned up. I should do this myself. It's such a drag though because you have to waste time re-connecting to internet, downloading virus protection etc, etc.
    i only have a win7 upgrade not the full program
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    I think you can even get windows to delete it for you by running disk cleanup.
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    I'm pretty sure on this that there is NO upgrade of XP to Win7 so the 'upgrade' only means you paid somewhat less than full price (maybe) for the privilege of using Micro-Shaft's 'latest & greatest' OS. The install will be the same if you completely wipe your HD and start from scratch. If you've been using the reinstalled XP for some time without having to browse to the .old folder to find anything there's likely nothing there you need anyway. Just be sure you have your important data, files, pics, etc. backed up somewhere before you begin....otherwise, I think you'll lose them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sledbikes View Post
    i only have a win7 upgrade not the full program
    Doesn't matter.

    http://www.winsupersite.com/article/...-upgrade-media

    You can easily do a clean install of 7 with only upgrade media. I've done it many times. No need to pay for the full version when upgrade media is the same thing!

    Also, best practice is to never upgrade operating systems. Always do a clean install.
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    To answer your question OP, deleting the windows.old folder has no adverse affects on the operating system. When you perform an upgrade, Windows 7 will take the contents of the previous OS and place them into a folder called windows.old. During the upgrade, it will transfer the user files & folders & settings from the windows.old folder into the windows_x86 folder (for 32-bit installations) or just windows ( for 64-bit installations). Once the upgrade is complete, the OS will leave that folder on the hard disk for later deletion. All you need to do is right click, select delete, give it a few minutes, then run disk cleanup/defrag.

    And as others have posted, you can use the Windows 7 upgrade disk to perform a clean (fresh) installation. to do that, backup your information to CD/DVD/USB using Windows easy transfer, insert the Windows 7 upgrade disk, select clean installation. Do not enter the product key at this point. After the clean install is complete, apply any windows updates that are available. Finally, insert the Windows 7 disk again and run it while still logged in, but this time, select upgrade. Enter the product key when prompted. Apply file and settings you backed up using Windows Easy Transfer and your good to go.

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    Man, nuking the windows.old folder is going to start the Windows Apocalypse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydraulic View Post
    To answer your question OP, deleting the windows.old folder has no adverse affects on the operating system. When you perform an upgrade, Windows 7 will take the contents of the previous OS and place them into a folder called windows.old. During the upgrade, it will transfer the user files & folders & settings from the windows.old folder into the windows_x86 folder (for 32-bit installations) or just windows ( for 64-bit installations). Once the upgrade is complete, the OS will leave that folder on the hard disk for later deletion. All you need to do is right click, select delete, give it a few minutes, then run disk cleanup/defrag.

    And as others have posted, you can use the Windows 7 upgrade disk to perform a clean (fresh) installation. to do that, backup your information to CD/DVD/USB using Windows easy transfer, insert the Windows 7 upgrade disk, select clean installation. Do not enter the product key at this point. After the clean install is complete, apply any windows updates that are available. Finally, insert the Windows 7 disk again and run it while still logged in, but this time, select upgrade. Enter the product key when prompted. Apply file and settings you backed up using Windows Easy Transfer and your good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydraulic View Post
    To answer your question OP, deleting the windows.old folder has no adverse affects on the operating system. When you perform an upgrade, Windows 7 will take the contents of the previous OS and place them into a folder called windows.old. During the upgrade, it will transfer the user files & folders & settings from the windows.old folder into the windows_x86 folder (for 32-bit installations) or just windows ( for 64-bit installations). Once the upgrade is complete, the OS will leave that folder on the hard disk for later deletion. All you need to do is right click, select delete, give it a few minutes, then run disk cleanup/defrag.

    And as others have posted, you can use the Windows 7 upgrade disk to perform a clean (fresh) installation. to do that, backup your information to CD/DVD/USB using Windows easy transfer, insert the Windows 7 upgrade disk, select clean installation. Do not enter the product key at this point. After the clean install is complete, apply any windows updates that disk cleanup tools are available. Finally, insert the Windows 7 disk again and run it while still logged in, but this time, select upgrade. Enter the product key when prompted. Apply file and settings you backed up using Windows Easy Transfer and your good to go.

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    I also recommend using Space Sniffer to get an illustrated diagram of the disk and locate Windows.old

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    I'd nuke it since it shouldn't be in use. Maybe lose a few drivers. BUT, we are talking about Windows here and weirdness is always possible so as always, at your own risk.

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    My guess is the OP deleted it and was never able to use the computer again which is why they haven't posted on the forum since 2011.

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    Deleting it will release the zombie horde. Only do so if you have enough ammo...and Cheez-Its.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
    My guess is the OP deleted it and was never able to use the computer again which is why they haven't posted on the forum since 2011.
    I hate it when that happens.

    And now the worst part is wondering how it turned out all those years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    I hate it when that happens.

    And now the worst part is wondering how it turned out all those years ago.
    Well they had activity up until 3 months after this thread so if they deleted it things must have turned out.

    Edit: post #11 seems to indicate a happy ending.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
    Well they had activity up until 3 months after this thread so if they deleted it things must have turned out.

    Edit: post #11 seems to indicate a happy ending.
    Can't trust the end-user's "all clear" after one day though. Windows weirdness might not show up to a casual inspection right off the bat.

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    And on a related subject... is there any way to install a new OS and not have to go through the mind numbing process of reinstalling each and every damn program?

    The OS install will only take a few hours at worst... the install of everything from printer setup to the various graphics editors and CAD tools will take days... which is the part I hate the most... especially since some of these programs insist on taking the time to call the mothership before they will run... ugggg!

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    Quote Originally Posted by genec View Post
    And on a related subject... is there any way to install a new OS and not have to go through the mind numbing process of reinstalling each and every damn program?

    The OS install will only take a few hours at worst... the install of everything from printer setup to the various graphics editors and CAD tools will take days... which is the part I hate the most... especially since some of these programs insist on taking the time to call the mothership before they will run... ugggg!
    Nope. Just suck it up and waste the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    Nope. Just suck it up and waste the time.
    Yeah... let's see how many days of my life have I wasted on upgrades since DOS... ARRRRG!

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