View Full Version : Just installed, old files question

11-24-2012, 02:52 PM
Hi all.

I just upgraded from XP to 8.
It appears all my old files were deleted, which is fine But.
My C drive shows 200 gb full so these files must be somewhere??
Did 8 just hide them? Move them somewhere?

Johnny M Calderon
11-24-2012, 04:13 PM
Usually during installations or upgrades to a new version of windows all these old files including system files are put inside a 'Windows.old' folder under your c: drive.

Hope this helps.


11-26-2012, 10:34 PM
Hi darrylbl, welcome!

Check the "Windows.old" on c drive. Your old file is there.

11-27-2012, 10:12 AM
You should be able to safely delete this folder, however I recommend copying it to an external drive prior to doing so. It may never be needed again, but I'm a pack rat when it comes to backups, I save everything that I feel that I may need someday. I have three 1TB drives nearly full of them, will probably grab a 2TB one after the holidays that's on promo at Newegg.

Some backup apps will compress the folder so that it won't use so much drive space. It's possible that the default backup that's built into Windows 8 will, though I haven't used it.