Delete Windows.Old folder after Windows 10 upgrade [Updated Guide]

Delete Windows.Old folder after Windows 10 upgrade [Updated Guide]

Delete windows.old folder/ file after windows 10 upgrade - Howto that's what we're going to see in this post. You can also use the steps mentioned here even if you face an error like permission denied when deleting Windows.old folder. When we update our PC to latest OS like Windows 10 latest build our PC we simply enjoy the new features.But when you started exploring your PC you may find a folder called Windows.Old.You may even get surprised the moment you see the size occupied by that folder.Yes.! when we found that folder occupied a size of nearly 12 GB of that drive.When we opened that folder to see what it contains we found it contains just some files that belongs to previous version of windows.

Microsoft Simply said that folder is just an usual folder where our's backup files are saved and they will use those items if the user wish to revert their PC to previous build/edition of Windows.But the real problem is it still exists occupying such amount of space even though the user had never planned to revert his/her PC.I decided to delete that but i can't without using some things.So here with i'm sharing the things i had done to delete that folder,hope it helps for you too..

Note : If you are in Windows 10 Anniversary Update build or Windows 10 Creators Update build, then you can delete it easily, follow the steps shown in this [link.]

Just follow my steps..

Try to clean up System files using disk cleanup which is an easiest way to do so...

[See : How to Clean System files]

Disk Clean up will delete those items in Most cases if it failed,then check this below way..

1) .Right Click on Windows.Old that folder .

2 ) Select Properties.

3) Click on Security tab.

4) Click on Advanced.

5) Near to Owner field there will be option called change,select that.

6) Under the Enter the object name to select field there will be an box,on that type Users.

7) Click OK.

8) Check all the boxes that start with "Replace"

 i.e., Check the Replace owner or sub containers and objects and Replace all child object..etc boxes.

9).Click OK.

10) It will prompt a Msg to ask whether you need full yes because we need that.

11).After selecting yes the Changing Ownership process will begin.

Wait for sometime till it completes...

12) A Windows Security box will appear to confirm whether we really need to change ownership Select "yes" if any such boxes appear.

13) After Sometime the Advanced Security System setting will close automatically.After it closes simply delete the folder like you delete others i.e.,Clicking on the folder and pressing delete key/Shift + Del keys.

14) Select yes if it asks for confirmation.

That's it.. Now go ahead and retry. 

You may see the folder getting deleted now.

Hope it is helpful.

Also See..

Change Registered Owner name in Windows 10 [Tutorial]

Repair corrupted Windows 10 files [How to guide]