Remove previous Windows installations after a Windows 10 Upgrade & free up disk space

If you have upgraded your Windows 10 to the latest version 1703 which is currently available, and you are very sure that you do not want to rollbackWindows to an earlier installation, then you may run Disk Cleanup Tool to remove previous Windows installations after the Windows Upgrade & free up disk space.

Remove previous Windows installation(s)

After upgrading Windows 10 to a newer version, you can free up several GBs of disk space by using the Remove previous Windows installations option in Disk Cleanup Tool. To do this, type cleanmgr in Start search, right-click on it and select Run as administrator to open the Disk Cleanup Tool in an elevated mode.

Once the tool opens, scroll down till you see Previous Windows installation(s). This will remove the Windows.old folder. Check this option and press on OK.

Remove previous Windows installations

You will be warned that if you clean up the previous Windows installations or Temporary installation files, you will no longer be able to restore the machine mack to the previous version of Windows.

Click on Yes to proceed.

While there you may also want to delete these upgrade & installation files:

  • Windows upgrade logs files: These files contain information that may help you troubleshoot upgrade & installation process. If your process has gone smoothly,  you may delete these files.
  • Windows ESD installation files: If you do not need to reset or refresh your PC, you may delete these files.
  • Temporary Windows installation files: These installation files are used by Windows setup and they can be safely deleted.

Of course, if you do not do this, Windows 10 will still run a scheduled task later on to remove these installation files.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.