'Windows. Old' folder in the Windows® 7 Operating System
Tips on 'Windows.old' folder in Windows 7 system
Windows 7 is the most recent Operating System released by Windows for use in personal computers, desktops, netbooks, laptops, etc. Windows 7 includes several advanced features such as, improved performance on multi-core processors, easy management of Windows, quick access, easy search options, improved boot performance etc. A system which contains Windows 7 can be rolled back to the previous operating system only if you have used the Windows 7 installation media to install Windows 7 to the same hard disk drive on which you had Windows XP, Windows Vista, or another version of Windows 7 installed earlier. This applies to situations when you upgraded to Windows 7 using both the Upgrade media and the Full product media. In such kind of installation the Windows 7 installation would have created a 'Windows.old' folder that contains your previous files. To revert to this previous operating system first find out if your computer has the required disk space available or not, and then follow the steps given in this article.
Following are the details of the 'Windows. Old' folder in Windows 7 system:
- 'Windows.Old' folder
- Losing of files
- Backup of older files
You could install the Windows 7 directly in your system without uninstalling the existing Operating System. This is done when you are using an Operating System such as Windows XP or Windows Vista; and you wish to upgrade to the new Windows 7 Operating System. The Windows 7 would be installed over the existing Operating System; and a 'Windows. Old folder' would be created to store the previous OS.The ‘Windows. Old folder’ would contain the personal files, documents or settings which you had been using in the previous Windows version. This facility is very useful.
Losing of files
The 'Windows. Old folder' contains all the personal files and documents which were used in the previous version of the Windows Operating System. In the absence of this folder, there would be loss of valuable information from the system. This would create difficulties while performing various tasks in the new Operating System. Also, some documents which are useful to the Windows 7 Operating System might be lost by deleting the 'Windows. Old folder'.
The 'Windows. Old folder' gives you the opportunity to take backup copy of all important files in the previous Windows version. If you delete the 'Windows. Old folder' you would not be able to take the backup copy of all important files in the Windows previous version. This would result in the loss of information in the system. Also you would not be able to integrate files to your new Windows 7 Operating System without this folder.
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