yesterday I installed Windows 7 to replace Vista (hurrah!). I did a clean install rather than an upgrade, then copied all my data back to the new installation.
However, the installer saved my entire previous Vista system in a folder called Windows.old. This folder is now occupying some 55GB of my hard drive.
I'm not sure that I can see the point of keeping this very large chunk of old stuff. I have a full backup of my new installation, including all my data, so - if you were me - would you go ahead and delete Windows.old?
Yes, I used the W7 disk for my new installation of Windows. It came free from HP, together with a utilities disk that contained a bios upgrade and various new drivers. This was part of the deal when I bought the laptop a few months ago.
I had to run the utilities disk first, then insert the Windows disk and choose upgrade or format/new install. Finally I had to run the utilities disk again.
I suspect it was the utilities disk that created the windows.old folder. The instructions that came from HP strongly recommended an upgrade installation, rather than a format/new install, because the latter would lose all user data files. I saved my data on my external HDD and did a format/clean install.
Anyway, many thanks for confirming my thoughts on this. I shall go ahead and delete the .old folder.
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