Refreshed my Windows 8 PC.. What to do with Windows.old folder?

So my Laptop, Dell Inspiron 15 5537, was getting some creepy troubles then I thought to refresh it. All my apps were removed and my PC was fixed after refreshing. But then I visited Drive 'C' and found a new folder, 'Windows.old'. When I checked its size it was over 26gb! It contains all my old apps,games,etc. And also there was a new drive partition, named 'ESP (:E)' having 447mb free of 496mb. I don't want to let my 26gb of space go waste if its not useful.

Should I delete that folder Windows.old or is it necessary to keep it? And what about the ESP (:E) drive??
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  1. It is just your old install, grab some stuff if you need it, log on as admin and delete it afterwards
  2. I believe you can delete it with by opening "This PC" > Right clicking on the C drive > Disk Clean-Up > and press on the button "delete system files.
    Then when the full, longer list of system stuff appears: tick/check the box named "Windows.old" or something similar.
    I have done so myself, and no harm done.
  3. Rune Olsen said:
    It is just your old install, grab some stuff if you need it, log on as admin and delete it afterwards

    And what about 'ESP (E :)' drive? What is it and is it removable?
  4. Hmm, i had that thing on my laptop i believe. Is that a drive that belongs to the initial setup from the computer manufacturer or is it some drive that win8 made?
  5. Rune Olsen said:
    Hmm, i had that thing on my laptop i believe. Is that a drive that belongs to the initial setup from the computer manufacturer or is it some drive that win8 made?

    No it doesn't belong to any setup from Dell. When I refreshed my laptop this drive automatically appeared
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