Windows.old consuming 10% of my limited SSD Space

By TheBigFatClown ยท 4 replies
May 5, 2015
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  1. How ridiculous is this?

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    10% of my entire SSD space has been consumed to save old worthless files I have no interest in. How about a "choice" Microsoft? God, what is it that Microsoft doesn't like about offering us choices?
    "Attention User: We are about to upgrade your system to the latest build. Would you like us to A)delete your old build and re-install fresh or B)Keep the old buggy outdated build on your system and have it consume lots and lots of valuable space?". I'm thinking option A? What the hell?

    "We didn't want the user to have to make a choice". *sigh*

    I should just format my SSD and install the new build myself. But Microsoft thrusts it upon me before I even knew what was happening. This is not the first time I've been thrusted upon by Microsoft.
    Last edited: May 5, 2015
  2. If you do not want Old Windows folder. You can simply run disk cleanup tool. In windows. It will get rid of it for you.
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,726   +3,700

    This is why us techies prefer to format before installation.
  4. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 684   +253

    Thank you for the tip on using the disk cleanup tool. I just reclaimed 28 gigabytes of my SSD space by deleting all previous versions of Windows. However, I did a properties check on the Windows folder and it's just about the same size. Approximately 28 gigabytes. Other than Windows 10 itself, I've only installed a couple of really small utilities. This still seems like it's taking up way too much space. How do I confirm that all those extra language packs are gone from that bug in build 10049? I ran the LPKSETUP utility at the administrative command prompt. It didn't look like all additional language packs were installed. But I am not that familiar with that utility, so I don't know for sure.
  5. When windows cleanup opens up. Click on the tab at the bottom of the window. That says cleanup system files. Once it is down scanning. There will be a option tab at the top of the window . Click on this. Once this opens . Go down to Old Shadow volume copies and restore points. From there Click on it. It will then remove all old restore points but one. This should free up some more space for you..

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