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windows old folder on new PC

I was just searching my drive for a file and noticed this folder

Why do I have this on a brand new puter, it's not done any updates that I know of.
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Just doing a bit of checking and it was created this morning while I was asleep

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it's created when you update the operating system to Win 10 (or from any Win OS to the next version up)

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it's created when you update the operating system to Win 10 (or from any Win OS to the next version up)
But this is a brand new laptop, bought it yesterday from PC world, build date is last July it should not have an update but the full blown win 10 on it.
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that seems odd Kev as the only time I've come across a Windows.old folder is when I've upgraded a PC with a more recent Win OS - it's a standard process and you're told it will be created when you do the upgrade. it's used if you want to roll back to a previous issue and accounts for it's size of 16.5Gb.

to me, it looks like PC World have upgraded the laptop from Win 7 or 8 to Win 10 - many PC's shipped last July would have still been loaded with a previous version as that was only just after Win 10 was released.

tbh - it's no big deal as you can delete the folder, although that's not quite as simple as performing a simple delete - follow these instructions instead - http://www.howtogeek.com/223821/what...you-delete-it/

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I'm just a bit wary, I remember seeing a lot of post regarding upgraded machines just not running right, so I'd prefer a clean win 10 install, TBH, I looked at how to do it but I'm confused by the instructions.

http://www.groovypost.com/howto/wind...-iso-download/

which says to go here, but this is about upgrades not a clean install

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10

I admit to being hopeless at following onscreen written instructions and the result is I get very confused and frustrated, So I'm left not knowing what the hell to do to get the clean install.
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Fats is probably correct. That model shipped with 7 as do just about all of them. PC world or possibly Acer distribution will have upgraded it. Most of mine still come shipped with 7. What exactly that means after the end of this month when 10 is no longer free is still unknown.


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I watched several vids (as I can learn form those) and I got the media creation tool, which I'm downloading the ISO to the USB stick now, hopefully it'll be a clean install not a upgrade.
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a clean install is always preferable to an upgrade. just make sure the laptop is set to boot from the USB stick - the setting for this is in the BIOS which you access via whatever settings are shown when you boot the system up - usually F2, F12 or Ctrl-F2 or similar (varies from make to make).
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Okay USB in and downloading.



I do not have a product key, not even sure what I downloaded TBH



Why does it have to be a so difficult, in the old days you got the discs/CD/DVD and a manual with the product key on it, they churn out hundreds of thousands (millions) of PCs every year, do they really save that much.
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