How to remove Windows.old Folder in Windows 8

by Venkat eswarlu on September 18, 2011

in How to,tips and tricks

If you haven’t formatted the partition and installed Windows 8 over it with custom install option instead of Upgrade or after Windows 8 Refresh, then files in previous version of Windows will be stored in Windows.old folder. They do occupy large hard drive space, after using Windows 8 for 1 or 2 weeks if you’re sure you won’t required these files in future, then you can safely remove this folder and reclaim disk space by using built-in Disk Cleanup tool in Windows 8, here is how to do that.

Removing Windows.Old Folder in Windows  8

1. Use Win+R command to open run box and use Cleanmgr command.

2. Select Windows 8 installed drive and click Ok,

3. Disk Cleanup tool scans the drive and shows shows lists of unnecessary files found, click Cleanup system files

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Now Disc Cleanup again asks to select the drive, select Windows 8 drive, click  OK, this time the tool scans for previous Windows installation files and displays them if found.

4. Select “Previous Windows Installation” and click OK to let Windows delete them safely.

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Update October 25,2013: You can use above same instructions to remove Windows.old folder in Windows 8.1 also. CCleaner also cleans that folder.


{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

AtomicBean November 30, 2012 at 7:15 am

Thanks!! You saved me hours of struggle with my computer!


Bugalugs November 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Groovy tip, thank you very much, I woz going nuts.


Venkat December 1, 2012 at 6:55 am

You guys are welcome.


Chris December 16, 2012 at 3:49 am

Many thanks man, that folder used up 70 gbs.


Venkat December 16, 2012 at 9:16 am

You’re welcome chris.


Miguel December 20, 2012 at 3:24 am

Thank you, oh so much. Was driving me nuts seeing my Surface only with 3 GiB free.


Satrio Wibowo April 16, 2013 at 9:41 am

Thank you so much for the information….. You just save me from hdd memory crisis… Thank you sooo muuccchhh!!


Venkat eswarlu April 16, 2013 at 10:26 am

You’re welcome Wibowo.


jason August 26, 2013 at 3:23 am

thank you i have been trying for days with programs that i downloaded.


Richard September 19, 2013 at 11:26 am

Thank you, Venkat. I actually got to this thread from a link in another forum. Your easy to follow step-by-step procedure with screenshots just helped me regain precious disk space. Good job!


Venkat eswarlu September 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Pleasure is mine. You’re always welcome Richard.


Stephen Zhou October 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Cool!!! Thanks a lot, Venkat, you saved my SSD~ :)


Venkat eswarlu October 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm

You’re most welcome Stephen.


Caspar Murphy April 8, 2014 at 2:45 am

You are a star,
many thanks


Venkat eswarlu April 8, 2014 at 5:15 pm

welcome, and let me tell you we can now clean windows.old using CCleaner also, read:


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