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2 days and still Deleting Windows.old Files and 32 passes with CC Cleaner


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I am going through a cleanup and I had chosen to delete the Windows.old files.

 

I heard that they would be deleted in 30 days anyway through other literature that I had read.  But I bit the bullet because everything looked okay with Windows 10 and decided to include the Windows.old files within CC Cleaners routine.

 

It has been 2 days and it is still at 42%.  :blink:   It is moving still... but still moving albeit verrrrry slow...lol.

 

I realize that 32 passes takes longer... how much longer should I expect to wait for this thing to get done.  Because I should probably restart my computer at some point...lol.

 

Thanks,

-fryer

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Multiple passes are useless, and it's faster and better to let the windows cleanup utility to clean the windows old folder as I think win10 may have locked some files in it.

 

Also the windows old folder is about 2-4 GB in size. 35 passes is the equivalent of writing 70-140GB of data; it seems, to me that one can safely assume this would both take a long time and cause some pretty extreme wear on your harddrive making it likely that your drive will die much sooner than it would have before you began the removal.

 

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Sorry to be the bad news bear

 

 

 

I feel that it's best to expand a bit about window locking some of those files in the windows.old folder.

 

First of all it is a theory based on a small sample size (total universe of a single PC), so I may well be wrong.

 

After my update I was 100% sure that, though i liked and had no issues with the older OS, I would not be rolling back to windows 8.1. While I don't know if the windows.old folder is related to the rollback in any way, I knew I had a huge folder sitting there that I didn't need. I attempted to manually delete it and it hung on a "cannot remove file in use" warning. I then found the disc cleanup tool (note: it's been moved from where it was in previous windows) enabled Administrator cleanup and checked off the enable "old windows versions" mark (not verbatim). It took about ten-to-twenty-five minutes.

 

 

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DON'T JUST CLEAN EVERYTHING THAT'S CHECKED OFF.

Do your Registry Cleaning in small bits (at the very least Check-mark by Check-mark)

ALWAYS BACKUP THE ENTRY, YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU'LL BREAK IF YOU DON'T.

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Pro users file a PRIORITY SUPPORT request at https://support.piriform.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

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Hope this link assists regarding "windows old" folder, how to delete, why is it there and: But, don’t wait too long — Windows will automatically delete the Windows.old folder to free up space after a month. (from the howtogeek article)

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/223821/what-is-the-windows.old-folder-and-how-do-you-delete-it/

 

By the way my "Windows old" folder (Win 8.1) is a massive 17.8Gig and Win 10 is only 13.1Gig 

Always With Kind Regards

Tasgandy

"one is never too old to listen & learn"

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