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Best Way to Restore Windows.old Folder on Windows 10

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Mar 16, 2024 • Filed to: Recover Files • Proven solutions

This post is basically created with the intention of telling you about how you can restore Windows.old folder in windows 10 by using the recoverit software even if it has been removed automatically from your system after a few days or might be mistakenly deleted by you. Further, you are going to find how you can delete the Windows.old folder in windows 10 after upgrading your system and answers to some relevant questions in the same regard.

Part 1: What is the Windows.old Folder?

Windows.old folder is an automatic folder created in the c drive of your computer while updating the version of windows in your system. This folder is basically never manually created by the person who is upgrading the window as it is by default created by your operating system to safeguard all your operating system files as well as personal data files saved in the previous version of your system.

This is because if you didn’t find the new version appropriate for you then you can restore the files by using this Windows.old folder. So we never recommend deleting this folder from your system. But if you have already deleted this folder then you can still recover it either manually or automatically for which you can find the details given below.

windows.old folder in c drive

Part 2: How to Recover Deleted Windows.old Folder in Windows 10

If you want to restore the files from Windows.old folder which still exists in the C drive of your computer then it’s going to be actually very easy for you where simply you need to go to your C drive in your computer, then choose Windows.old, select Users and then username folder. Here you need to select and cut the files which you want to keep with yourself and then paste these files into your desired folder.

So, this way you can easily restore Windows.old folder which still exists in your computer. But what if the same folder got deleted automatically from your system or maybe mistakenly by you? Here you don’t need to worry because you can still restore Windows.old folders by using Wondershare Recoverit software which you can use very easily.

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Using Recoverit:

For using the Recoverit Software in your computer, firstly you need to launch it on your computer. And for doing this, you can double click on the Wondershare Recoverit icon placed on your desktop. Here if you don’t find this icon on your desktop then locate this in your search bar. After finding this, double click & open it and then follow the instructions given on your screen.

Now if the Wondershare Recoverit Software has been successfully installed in your pc then you can start the restoration procedure with this for which you only need to follow three simple steps:

Step 1: Select your Drive

For restoring the Windows.old folder data, firstly you need to choose the location where you have lost your data by using Recoverit software. So, open Wondershare Recoverit Software and choose C Drive in the ‘select a location to start recovering file’ window and then click on the blue ‘Start’ button.

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Step 2: Scan your Drive

In the second step, the Recoverit Software will start scanning all the files that have been lost in the C Drive of your computer. Now the duration of the scanning process completely depends upon your internet speed and amount of data as well. So, if it is taking a huge time then you can also stop scanning for a few times as per your convenience.

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Step 3: Preview and Recover

This is the final step in the data recovery process from your Windows.old folder. So, after completing the scanning process, all you need to do is preview the files scanned by Wondershare Recoverit and then click on ‘Recover’ software.

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Part 3: How to Delete Windows.old on Windows 10 after Upgrading

If you have upgraded your operating system to Windows 10 then you may need to flush out the Windows.old folder which is carrying a lot of space in your computer. So, for free up this space, you can follow the following given steps:

click on change how we free up space automatically in windows 10

choose delete previous versions of windows in windows 10

So, after the completion of this process, the folders with the previous installation of Windows 10 could not be found on your computer.


So, after reading the above given content, you may have become able to understand all the aspects of the Windows.old folder in a better way. Further, you must have found the answer to your question of how you could be able to restore the files from Windows.old folder while using Windows 10. As you already know the automatic Windows.old folder will be deleted automatically after ten days so if you feel the necessity of your data afterwards then you can simply restore Windows.old folders by effectively utilizing the Wondershare Recoverit software.

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