Where is my windows.old folder?
March 24, 2009 11:47 AM Subscribe
My first Vista problem: I can't find my Windows.old folder to delete it. OS details and much, much
posted by YFiB to computers & internet (7 answers total)
A routine CPU check up showed that my 136 GB hard drive is almost full to capacity. A notice popped up informing me that "an older copy of Windows is using significant hard disk space."
Clicking on that led to this explanation:
"When you upgraded from Windows XP to Window Vista or re-installed Windows Vista the previous version of Windows was saved in a folder c:\windows.old. This folder is very large (greater than 5 GB) depending on the number of programs and data files that existed on your previous version of Windows. HP recommends copying any old files you want over to your new version and delete Windows.old to free up disk space."
My laptop came loaded with Vista Home Premium and I have never upgraded (or even tried the Windows 7 Beta).
My laptop came equipped with an HP tutorial on how to delete the files via Disk Cleanup, but there is no option to do so when I ran that utility and followed their instructions. None of the solutions I found through Google have helped, either.
I cannot locate the folder even when I have enabled the "view hidden files" option.
Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.