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Remove Windows.old Folder After Upgrading to Windows 10

Now that you have upgraded to Windows 10 from your previous version of Windows operating system. This upgrading process will not only keep your files and programs from your previous versions but also keeps some of the OS files in a folder named Windows.old.

 

Windows.old folder takes a lot of memory of at most 20 GB(depends) roughly. Neither the old OS files are useful nor the memory taken by it. Literally, the memory taken by the Windows.old folder is a dump unless you want to downgrade back to your older Windows sometime in near future.

 

Note: If you wanted to test the new Windows 10 through the upgrade for sometime and decide later whether to have it continued, do not delete the Windows.old folder. It is only backup that helps you switch back to previous version easily.

 

However, 20 GB is not a small chunk of memory to leave it off. Those who really care about this amount of space better take a step forward to delete Windows.old folder.

 

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Windows 10 is really an improved version of Windows OS and you won’t find any program incompatible issues with the software that was installed on your computer. So, I think you won’t find a necessity to downgrade back to older version again. It is always your choice anyway.

 

Removing Windows.old folder safely

Selecting the folder from the drive and hitting ‘Delete’ button is not the safe way of deleting the Windows.old folder. Using of command prompt to delete the folder is also not suggested.

 

To remove it safely from your system drive, better do it from ‘Disk Cleanup’ utility.

 

Step 1: Go to This PC > Right-click on Local Disk (C:) > Properties > Disk cleanup.

 

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This won’t show up Windows.old folder in the ‘Files to delete’ options.

 

Step 2: Click on ‘Clean up system files’ button and that will scan for the unnecessary files on the drive with administrator rights.

 

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This will then show up the Windows.old folder in the ‘files to download’ options.

 

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Step 3: Select the ‘Previous Windows installation(s)’ folder and click ‘Ok’. It will then show you a warning saying that you can’t downgrade to the previous version of windows once deleted.

 

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Step 4: Click ‘Ok’ to proceed. It will start the cleaning process right then.

 

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That’s it. Check your Local Disk (C): now. You’ll find the partition regaining the 20 GB(appx).

 

*Local Disk(C): is considered as the operating system installed drive in this demonstration.

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What You Need to Know About Caret Browsing in Microsoft’s Edge Browser

Microsoft, after giving up on the internet explorer, the long stayed companion for Windows operating systems have introduced a new browser with a name ‘Edge’ with Windows 10. As they have been saying that their new Spartan project is going to bring a light weight web browser, have brought a really new browser with really needed simple features.

 

Edge has an option in Settings > Advanced settings called caret browsing. It allows you to copy down text on the webpage with your keyboard. It might not sound familiar but, there is something else you need to know about it.

 

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All about Edge’s caret browsing

According to Wikipedia,

 

caret navigation is a kind of keyboard navigation where a caret (also known as a ‘text cursor’, ‘text insertion cursor’, or ‘text selection cursor’) is used to navigate within a text document.

 

When you are copying down the text from the webpages on Google Chrome, you cannot put your cursor somewhere and just copy text by using Shift+Arrow Keys. Some part of the text, say a word at least must be selected in order to activate the Shift+Arrow Keys combo.

 

Where as in Microsoft’s Edge browser, if ‘Always use caret browsing’ is turned on, you can get the blinking cursor (caret cursor) by just using F7 to toggle the functionality on/off.

 

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Using it, you can just click to place you cursor anywhere on the webpage and use Shift+Arrow Keys combo to select the text.

 

Mozilla Firefox has has the same functionality but, it won’t display a blinking cursor on the page. You can still just click in the middle of the text on a webpage and copy the text freely.

 

Watch this video demonstrating the caret browsing functionality.

 

 

Caret browsing also allow us to copy text in forward of backward direction using the navigation keys (arrows keys). Google chrome lacks this feature yet. You can get this feature by installing this chrome extension which is not so cool compared to Firefox and Edge browsers.

 

This somehow proofs the work of Microsoft on Edge all these days. We should appreciate them for making the default browser of the operating system really usable.

 

#ThanksMicrosoft

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Upgrade Old Windows OS to Windows 10 Manually | Step-by-Step Guide for Novices

Microsoft has announced the operating system of the next decade as promised, on July 29th 2015. This version of the operating system is going to be the final version of the operating system from Microsoft for the next 10 years. As a part of the promise, the tech giant have made it possible for everyone to upgrade their PCs to Windows 10 for free.

If your computer satisfies the system requirements, suggested by the Microsoft, you can chose to install the new Windows on your computer by following either of the following installation methods.

Before Upgrading Notes:

  • Your files and apps will not be erased if upgraded. Although, it gives an option to wipe out the files and apps during the installation. So, be conscious through out the process and don’t mis-click to proceed.
  • It is however suggested to take a backup of your files on the desktop, documents, pictures, music and video folders.
  • The following demonstration of upgrading is performed on Windows 8.1 version of the Windows. GUIs may look different for different older operating systems.

Method 1:

To avail the free upgrade, you must have to reserve your copy of Windows 10 through the Get Windows 10 app. This app will do the downloading of suitable Windows 10 version for your computer and will notify you when it is ready to install. As this happens in the background, you will have no idea of what’s happening behind the curtain.

Method 2:

There is another method to install Windows 10 on your PC. It is through the media creation tool.

Step 1: Download the right version (32-bit or 64-bit) of windows 10 media creation tool on to your PC and run it with administrator rights (Right-click > Run as Administrator).

Then, it will start checking the compatibility of your PC and suggests a version of Windows 10 to download.

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Step 2: After downloading, the media creation tool will check for necessary updates for your PC. Later, it will asks you to confirm the installation of the media creation tool. Click ‘Confirm’ to proceed to the installation process.

Step 3: After finalizing all the updates, the wizard shows up the ‘install’ button. Click to start the real upgrading process now.

Step 4: After a couple of restarts, it beings up the following upgrading screen.

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The upgrading process will be done in three stages.
  • Copies the downloaded files to the installation directories
  • Installs new Windows features and programs
  • Finalizes the installation
The status of the whole process will be shown in the percentage format in a Halo like status ring. Let the ring fill blue until 100%.

Step 5: This phase of upgrading needs a couple of confirmation clicks to start up. Once it is done, a new desktop will be shown up with a new look and feel. Go through the new Windows 10 and enjoy the free upgrade.

You will love the whole tour of upgrading your computer to Windows 10 as much as you would love the changes that the Microsoft has brought to their new operating system.

Don’t forget to visit back this page and cheer your ‘hurray’ in comments below. Hope to see you soon.
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