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June 6, 2010 9:31:45 AM

Hey there people of Toms Hardware I was just wondering if someone could help me locate my windows.old file for deletion. I've reinstalled windows xp twice and I'd like to clear old information on my C drive.

Thanks for the answers :D 

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June 6, 2010 10:16:46 AM

cs_zelot said:
Hey there people of Toms Hardware I was just wondering if someone could help me locate my windows.old file for deletion. I've reinstalled windows xp twice and I'd like to clear old information on my C drive.

Thanks for the answers :D 


Unless you specified otherwise, XP will have wanted to format out the old system and install into the resulting free space. Are you missing hard disk space? Have you opened up the system to show hidden files and protected system folder? There's a little utility which might help called SpaceMonger, some of which you can find free of charge at http://www.sixty-five.cc/download/.


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June 6, 2010 10:33:45 AM

Yeah I'm missing hard disk space on my C drive. I've opened up the WINDOWS folder and hidden files and windows.old still isn't located in the folder. I'll check out SpaceMonger, tyvm for the continued answers.
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June 6, 2010 10:37:05 AM

All that I can find is suggestions to how to find the windows.old file with Windows Vista or Windows 7, located under the Disk Cleanup which sadly isn't applicable to Windows XP.
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June 6, 2010 10:45:11 AM

It should be in your C drive as windows.old, not in your actual WINDOWS folder.
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June 6, 2010 10:55:57 AM

Sorry I'm still not having much luck finding it under the C drive, even through running searches. Could you be a bit more specific for the C drive?
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June 6, 2010 11:03:19 AM

Sorry, I didn't see I was in the XP forum. Ignore what I just said.

Go to your Your C drive, then into your windows folder.

Then click Tools in your menu bar > Folder Options > View > Check Show Hidden files and Folders. > Apply and OK.

You should now be able to find it.
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June 6, 2010 11:44:15 AM

Gah sorry, already tried that and still can't find anything under WINDOWS. Ran a search for windows.old under the WINDOWS folder and just to cover my bases the entire C drive. Still can't be found yet after reinstalling Windows XP my C Drive still has 24 gigs saved.
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June 7, 2010 8:21:52 AM

cs_zelot said:
Gah sorry, already tried that and still can't find anything under WINDOWS. Ran a search for windows.old under the WINDOWS folder and just to cover my bases the entire C drive. Still can't be found yet after reinstalling Windows XP my C Drive still has 24 gigs saved.


Assuming you have SuperHidden files showing, it's becoming clear you simply don't have a filed called Windows.old. Did not SpaceMonger point to any large blocks of data which might help?

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