6 reasons to ditch your old PC and buy a modern laptop

Intel, Microsoft, and others PC power players like to brag about how fast their computers are by drawing comparisons to “five-year-old PCs.” But does this obsession with performance miss a more important message? We think it does, and there are many more reasons to buy a modern PC than just raw speed.

Interactivity, convenient security, ease of use—these are critical features that don’t appear on spec lists. Even a modern PC’s sheer portability may not be immediately apparent.

If you have an old clunker of a PC and are considering a new one, here are six great reasons to open your wallet.

’Thin and light’ really means thin and light

Intel first developed the concept of a thin-and-light “ultrabook” in 2011, but it really wasn’t until five years ago that manufacturers really embraced it. Today, most premium consumer notebooks fall into the thin-and-light category, with products like Acer Swift 7Remove non-product link line emphasizing a thin, svelte form factor—just 0.35-inch thick and 2.54 pounds. Compare that to something like the Toshiba P845T-S4310 from several years ago: It’s over 4.5 pounds and an inch thick!

laptop thickness comparison Mark Hachman / IDG

Compare the Acer Swift 7 (2018) on top, the Microsoft Surface Laptop (2017) in the middle, and the Toshiba Satellite A215-S5837 (2007) on the bottom. The Toshiba’s lid is thicker than a modern laptop!

2-in-1 tablets offer another option, where you can get the machine’s weight below 2 pounds by removing the optional keyboard. In fact, the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 comes in at 1.73 pounds. But whether you opt for a clamshell design with a non-detachable, hinged display; a convertible design with a display that can spin 360 degrees; or a 2-in-1 tablet with a removable keyboard, all of these modern PCs will be markedly thinner and lighter than their aging counterparts. And that improves quality of life.

Fast Startup and SSDs for screaming boot times

Old PCs are laden with a triple-whammy of technologies that slow down boot times: slow processors, poky hard drives, and a comprehensive shutdown/boot procedure. Shoot, you may as well grab a cup of coffee while your PC boots. But newer PCs use a technique called Fast Startup, which wakes your PC from a deep-sleep mode. In essence, your PC hibernates instead of entirely shutting down. 

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An SSD can be a powerful upgrade to an existing laptop, but they’re increasingly more common in new notebooks.

This means that when your PC starts up after a shut down, it does so quickly—dropping you into the Windows login screen in a matter of seconds. Resuming can take even less time, especially when combined with an SSD (which we still say is the best upgrade that you can give a notebook PC). If you’re not willing to take out your screwdriver and make the SSD upgrade yourself, then buying a PC with Windows 10 Fast Startup and an SSD is your ticket to making sure you can get back to work as quickly as possible

Windows Hello: Your face is your password

Remember the great 1992 hacker movie, Sneakers? One of the plot points hinged on a biometric code with a character identifying himself by literally using “my voice is my password.” Windows Hello is that movie, made real. Instead of using your voice for security authentication, however, Windows Hello uses either a “depth camera” built into the front of your notebook or tablet, or a fingerprint reader that scans your fingerprint like many smartphones do.

TorGuard VPN

Despite the name and the privacy angle, TorGuard has nothing to do with the Tor Project. Instead it’s a company which offers a range of privacy-related products, including an anonymous VPN plan for protecting your privacy while using torrents (which is where the “tor” comes from).

Product specifications are good, with a choice of 3000+ servers in 50+ countries, five simultaneous connections allowed, OpenVPN/SSTP/L2TP/IPsec protocol support with multiple stealth options to avoid VPN blocking (OpenVPN obfuscation, Stunnel, OpenConnect, and Shadowsocks.)

Getting started is easy with custom apps for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, and there are setup instructions for Linux, routers and more.

Prices are mid-range at $10 (£7.70) per month, $5 per month paid annually. You can also purchase add-ons as you order, including a dedicated UK or US residential IP, DDoS-protected IP, or access to the company’s ‘premium 10Gbit network’ (USA, UK and Canada only), each costing $8 (£6.15) per month. 

It’s also possible to add support for additional devices beyond the standard 5 for $1 each.

There’s no free product or trial. The company offers a 7-day refund. The front page of the website says this is ‘no questions asked’, but the small print says, ‘refunds can be denied within the 7-day period in certain cases’, so that might not always be true.

If you do decide to sign up, there are all the usual payment options, plus Bitcoin, and many others via PaymentWall.


Privacy and logging

Most VPN providers use their privacy policy to spell out any logging issues in detail, but TorGuard’s privacy page restricts itself to a single sentence: ‘TorGuard does not collect or log any data from its Virtual Private Network (VPN) or Proxy services.’ We would like more detail, but at least it’s easy to read.

The technical side of the service is more interesting, at least for experienced users who can figure out how to use them. Multiple stealth and obfuscation technologies aim to get you connected, even in countries which detect and block regular VPNs. You’re able to take manual control of your encryption algorithm, port and authentication method (SHA1, SHA256, SHA512.) Built-in blocking of WebRTC and IPv6 leaks prevents you giving away clues to your identity, and a kill switch blocks internet access if the VPN drops.

There are plenty of other options which could help, if you’re willing to spend time setting them up. The Windows client can automatically launch a program when the VPN connects, for instance, and close it when it disconnects, ensuring everything it does online is always protected.

The key here is probably the user’s knowledge and experience. If you understand everything TorGuard has to offer, you’ll be able to set it up to deliver excellent privacy and security. The service won’t help you much by default, though, so network novices might get better results from much simpler apps with a very few settings they might actually understand (global kill switch, DNS leak protection, auto-connect when accessing insecure networks.)

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We began our TorGuard experience by signing up for the monthly plan. After paying, the website redirected us to an account page with a major privacy surprise: a map, with a marker displaying our current IP address, correctly highlighting our home city. If you’re hoping for extreme anonymity, that may not be what you want to see.

Scrolling down the page took us to download links for Windows, Mac, and Linux clients, as well as browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox. That’s good to see, although we’re not sure why the Android and iOS app store links couldn’t be included on the list.

We took the Windows option, downloading and installing the client in a few seconds.

The client interface is cluttered and far from beginner-friendly, with all kinds of intimidating options: Tunnel Type, Port/ Auth, Cipher, an ‘STunnel enabled’ switch and more.

Tapping Connect prompts for your password, connects to the nearest server, and displays even more technical details (HMAC, PFS/ TLS, protocol, cipher, and both local and remote IPs.) VPN novices will be confused, and even experts may feel they don’t need to see all this information, all of the time.

TorGuard’s location picker is better designed, with some neat and unusual touches. Although it looks like a regular list of countries, you can filter it by continent, for instance, or sort it by distance from you, or how often you’ve used each location, a simple and effective way to view your favorite servers.

Getting connected didn’t work quite as we expected. Double-clicking a server in most VPN apps will connect you immediately, but here you’re just taken back to the main console, where you must click a Connect button. And once you are using one location, you can’t switch to another until you’ve manually disconnected. This isn’t difficult to figure out – you’ll understand in around 30 seconds – but it’s still not as comfortable to use as most of the competition.

For all its interface shortcomings, the TorGuard client does have one major compensation, for experts at least: a hugely comprehensive Settings dialog with more low-level tweaks, options and customizations than we’ve seen anywhere else.

DNS settings

Many VPN apps will automatically assign their own DNS servers when they connect, for instance, but TorGuard gives you so much more control. You’re able to use multiple other DNS providers (OpenDNS, Level3, Google, Quad9) while you’re connected, change them at other points (when the application starts, while the VPN connects), add custom nameservers as required, refresh the local DNS cache when connected, save and recover the DNS state of your VPN session.

The client can run scripts before and after connecting, and after disconnecting. This could be handy for launching programs you only want to run when the VPN is active, or perhaps to clean up after it’s closed (delete cookies or your internet history.)

Advanced settings

The advanced features continue, with WebRTC and IPv6 leak prevention, and the ability to choose the network interface TorGuard will block as part of its kill switch. Experienced users are likely to be impressed, although everyone else will struggle to know what many of these options do.

Would TorGuard’s Android app be easier to use, we wondered? No, not really. The interface looks much the same. It also has a lot of expert technical tweaks, yet leaves out more common features regular users might need more often (Favorites system, automatic protection when you access untrusted networks.) Usability doesn’t appear to be TorGuard’s top priority.



TorGuard managed to achieve decent real-world performance throughout our review, with the only significant issue being an inability to connect to the New York server. Annoying, but maybe we were just unlucky, and any service can have occasional problems.

Switching to our regular performance tests, we found UK servers were delivering a capable 55-60Mbps, close to the maximum achievable on our 75Mbps connection. Near European countries were much the same, and although speeds tailed off with distance (Latvia achieved 30Mbps, Bulgaria 25Mbps), they were always very usable.

It was a similar story with US speeds. At 20-45Mbps these weren’t quite as fast or consistent as we’ve seen elsewhere, but unless you’re aiming to spend all day downloading endless gigabytes of data, you’re unlikely to notice.

Issues did begin to appear as we tried more distant locations, with for instance Australia struggling to 10Mbps, Chile barely reaching 5Mbps. TorGuard managed reasonable speeds in many areas, then, but it’s average at best in others, and you should test the service carefully to see how it works for you.



The TorGuard VPN website is very confident about its unblocking abilities, claiming that it allows you to ‘any location in the world and experience content without any restrictions.’ Reality, or marketing spin? We wanted to check.

YouTube is probably the easiest service to access, so we weren’t surprised to see TorGuard enable streaming of US-only YouTube content.

BBC iPlayer is always more of a challenge, and its VPN detection blocked all our viewing attempts. Experience content without ‘any’ restrictions? Not quite.

Netflix success is the real prize, though, and TorGuard enabled viewing US Netflix content with two of its eleven servers (Dallas, Los Angeles.)

If these are blocked later, upgrading to one of TorGuard’s dedicated US residential IPs should resolve the problem, hopefully forever (no-one else will use the IP, so it’s unlikely it’ll be spotted.) It’s an effective solution, but also an expensive one at $7.99 a month – you could buy another VPN service for less.



If you’re baffled by TorGuard’s complexities then you could head off to the support site, where you’ll find a knowledgebase, video guides, user forum, and more. 

Explore these sections, though, and you’ll find they don’t match the level of help you might see elsewhere. The knowledgebase is more about technical how-to’s than general VPN guidance (the most popular article is apparently ‘How to setup a SOCKS Proxy in uTorrent/BitTorrent On Windows’), forum questions might not be answered for days, the Video Guides section has seen only three additions in the past two years, and even they were more about marketing than helping you use the service.

Fortunately, you can contact support agents directly via tickets, live chat and even a toll-free phone number in the US. That’s better than many competitors, but it’s probably not the best way to master TorGuard’s features and functionality, and we’d also like to see a much better knowledgebase to help users find their way around.

Final verdict

TorGuard has more low-level VPN tweaks and options than just about anyone else, but the awkward interface and feeble online help means most users won’t find it easy to use. Still, well worth a look for power users who need way more than the VPN basics.

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AKG N700NC Wireless headphone review: Finally, noise-cancelling headphones an audiophile can love

I’ve longed to find a pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones worth of audiophiles, and I’ve found them in AKG’s new N700NC Wireless. These headphones deliver a solid array of noise-cancelling features, but they really shine at reproducing music and engaging the listener.

At first glance, the AKG N700NC don’t call much attention to themselves. Think of them as a superhero hiding behind the guise of an ordinary citizen. These headphones sport a clean and functional design with a sharp gray-and-black color scheme, but I can’t say the look is all that impressive. The exterior is plastic with a metal click-adjustable band, but they nevertheless feel solid and well-built.

And while they’re comfortable to wear, I can think of several competitors that I’d put ahead of them in that department. Depending on the shape of your head, you might find that the N700NC exerts a bit of pressure at the top of your head—at times I did.

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A detailed view of the N700NC’s thick ear pads.

Outstanding battery life

The AKG N700NC boasts a battery life of 20 hours with both Bluetooth and active noise cancellation (ANC) turned on. You’ll get a whopping 36 hours using them as wired headphones with ANC on. The N700NC charges via Micro-USB on the bottom of the right ear cup. Should the battery run out, the N700NC can be used as a traditional wired headphone.

I used the AKG N700NC on a transatlantic flight to Rome. Using both wireless and wired mode during the round trip, I didn’t need to recharge the battery once–and it could have gone longer.

Controls split between the ear cups

The N700NC distributes controls along the back of both the right and left ear cups. The right ear cup has a slide-lock button that handles on/off and Bluetooth pairing. Just below that is a button that toggles the headphone’s ambient-aware functionality (more on that later). The left ear cup has two pill-shaped volume-up and volume-down buttons flanking a middle play/pause that will also activate a smartphone’s digital assistant. If the headphone is turned on, then the volume buttons work. The play/pause works only when the headphones are paired via Bluetooth.

Detail view of the right ear cup's controls Theo Nicolakis / IDG

A detailed view of the right ear cup’s controls.

Unlike my experience with AKG’s N60NC, which have an outstanding design, I found the button layout on the N700NC took some getting used to. The buttons on the right ear cup were easy enough; the volume-control buttons on the left, however, felt too close to each other. I had to rub my thumb up and down along the buttons before I felt confident enough that I’d push the right one.

Advanced Bluetooth codecs are MIA

Surprisingly, the AKG N700NC doesn’t support any advanced wireless codecs, not aptX, aptX HD, or LDAC–only SBC is supported. These headphones nevertheless had a remarkably similar timbral response in both wired and wireless modes. You’d be amazed how different some headphones can sound in their different modes! I preferred the N700NC’s wired mode, which I felt exhibited more detail, refinement, and control over the music—even with ANC engaged.

Akitio Node Lite with Optane review: In-your-face Thunderbolt 3 performance

The minute I saw the Akitio Node Lite with Optane (there’s a 960GB Intel 905P Optane NVMe SSD inside), I started humming Prince’s Little Red Corvette. It’s that red, and with the well-lit 905P inside, makes for an stirring show. The combination also makes for top-flight performance, with transfer rates on the high side of 2GBps.

I was also about to say that the Node Lite with Optane costs as much as a Corvette, but that wouldn’t be a fair comparison unless I specified a collectible such as a ‘63. Granted, $1,500 (available on Amazon) is hefty sum for a storage box, though the majority of that is the high-end 960GB Intel drive. A plain Akitio Node Lite without an SSD is $270, which is still a bit pricey. 

Design and features

If you don’t have Thunderbolt 3 on your PC, you should be jealous. PCIe over a wire (that’s Thunderbolt in a nutshell) can be handy for all sorts of things, such as adding a super fast NVMe drive to your system, or an external GPU. I only mention the latter, because Akitio specifically warns that the Node Lite, though fully rigged with an x16 PCIe slot, is not suitable for that purpose—it’s too small and underpowered for a full-sized graphics card. For eGPU use, you want the full-on Node.

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Note that the 905P’s lighting is blue. We like the combo, but if clashing colors bug you…. 

There is a plain brushed-metal version of the Node Lite, but this one is a special design in bright fire-engine (or Corvette) red for deep-pocketed enthusiasts. It shows off the LED lighting on the Intel 905P via a window on its left side. If you need to know more about Intel’s uber-fast, super enduring and super pricey x4 PCIe card 905P NVMe SSD, you can read about it here.

The enclosure uses captive thumbscrews to secure the cover, which slides forward and off. It tends to get hung up slightly unless you jiggle it a little.

On the back of the chassis are two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, a full-sized DisplayPort connector, and the AC jack. There’s no power switch: The enclosure will automatically turn on or off when it senses current, or lack thereof, on the Thunderbolt bus.  

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Two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a single full-sized DisplayPort port, and the power jack adorn the back of the Node Lite.

Inside is the aforementioned single full-length x16 PCIe slot. It’s nice to have sixteen lanes, but we know of no mainstream NVMe drive that uses more than four lanes.

Cards are secured by screws at the top of the bracket, just as they are inside a full PC. Two thumbscrews are provided for wider cards, even though those would most likely be, yes, graphics cards.

Tribit 360 Bluetooth Speaker review

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Not everyone has hundreds of pounds to spend on a Bluetooth speaker, but Tribit is on hand to offer something with decent build and sound quality yet an affordable price. Here’s our review of the Tribit 360.

Previously, this speaker was called ‘XBoom’ but has been renamed to 360.

Price & Availability

It’s not the cheapest of cheap Bluetooth speakers, but at £69/$69 it’s won’t take much saving up to afford one.

You can buy the Tribit 360 from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Design & Build

The Tribit 360 has a fairly typical design for a Bluetooth speaker. It’s a tall cylinder that’s slightly squared off.

Huge white buttons are both easy to see and use and the shape means that it will fit into place like cup holders and the like. There’s also a loop at the top so you can carry it easily and hang it up.

Tribit 360

Build quality is decent, considering the relatively cheap price. It’s mostly fabric covered with rubbery plastic ends that grip surfaces.

On the back are buttons for things like XBass and Bluetooth. On either end you can see exposed passive bass radiators.

What’s quite impressive at this price is that the Tribit 360 is waterproof with an IPX7 rating, so it can fall into a swimming pool without worry.

Sound Quality & Features

As the name suggests, the Tribit 360 aims to offer 360 degree sound like many rivals. This means you can place it anywhere and not worry about which way the audio is being directed.

While this happens to a fair extent, it’s not the best example of 360 sounds we’ve seen. You’re main decision is whether to stand it up on end – which means one bass radiator is facing down – or on it’s side. The former can really help with bass depending on the surface.

We haven’t been able to try it with only one review sample, but if you buy two Tribit says you can connect them to create ‘Wireless Daisy Chain’. This appears to be simply a repeat rather than a proper stereo pair.

Other than those radiators on either end, there are two 45mm drivers which output 12W each.

Tribit 360 sound

There’s a reasonable amount of power on offer, although you might want to make use of that daisy chain feature for larger parties. Most users will want to keep the XBass feature switched on as the sound is better for it.

Otherwise, the Tribit 360 makes for a decent enough speaker for sound quality. It’s not the best we’ve tested under £100, though. There’s generally a good frequency response but there are a few dead spots in the range.

This might not be very noticeable to the average listener but to those more in-tune it will sound like there’s some parts missing a little, a bit like tuning a radio manually and not quite locking onto the signal.

In terms of battery life, you should get up to 20 hours of playback which is decent.


Tribit 360: Specs

  • 2 x 45mm, 2 x Passive radiator
  • 2 x 12W
  • XBass
  • Bluetooth version 4.2
  • Up to 20 hours battery
  • IPX7 Waterproof
  • 68 x 180 x 68mm
  • 545g

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Smart Alert for Mail (SAM) review: How to check your mailbox without leaving the house

Smart Alert for Mail (SAM) review: How to check your mailbox without leaving the house | TechHive

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Smart Alert for Mail (SAM)

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The creator of Smart Alert for Mail obviously had a problem that no one else had been able to solve: Knowing when their mail had arrived. Enter Smart Alert for Mail—aka SAM—a gadget with a singular purpose, one which you’ve already figured out after reading this far.

SAM comes in two pieces, a transmitter that fits in your mailbox and a receiver that sits inside your house. The transmitter attaches via sticky tape and Velcro to the inside of your mailbox (a small antenna wire snakes out through the gap in the door), while the receiver goes anywhere inside your house that’s in range of a power outlet (and as close to the transmitter as possible). The transmitter communicates via the unlicensed 433.92MHz frequency band, which gives it 300 feet of range in unobstructed, open air.

SAM transmitter Smart Alert for Mail (SAM)

The transmitter’s small antenna must be routed outside the mailbox, so its low-power radio signal isn’t blocked by the walls of the mailbox.

SAM’s utility is obviously singular: The transmitter is a simple motion sensor, and when the mailbox is opened, it alerts the receiver. The receiver then emits a chime and turns the large mail icon on the front of the device from green to blue. You can choose from more than a dozen chimes (including The Addams Family theme song) by pressing a button on the side of the receiver. You also set the volume, including mute. If you don’t like any of those options, you can use either the USB port or SD card slot on the other side of the receiver to play the song of your choice. This song must be in MP3 format, the thumb drive or SD card must remain attached to the receiver, and you can only load one song, so choose wisely. (Note that SAM will play the entire song, and there’s no way to abort it once it starts. You might want to trim the track using Audacity or a similar digital audio editor.)

As a completely optional step, you can connect SAM to your smart phone via Wi-Fi and SAM’s basic app. This alerts your phone as well when mail arrives, and it also keeps a log of when your mail was delivered each day, should that information be important to you. Alas, there are no hooks to other smart home gear, so you can’t flash your Philips Hue bulbs or have Alexa announce your letter carrier’s arrival.

While the basic operation of SAM works as expected, I did experience a few major problems that will prevent me from using it regularly going forward.

SAM app Christopher Null

With SAM, you need never guess if there’s mail in your mailbox.

The primary issue is range. While SAM claims 300 feet of range in an outdoor, unobstructed environment, unless you live in a tent in an open field, this isn’t realistic, and the company notes that its expected range drops to 120 feet if a single wall is between you and your mailbox. In my environment, which had a single window (but no wall) and some foliage between the transmitter and receiver, I was able to achieve about 150 feet of range. With my mailbox about 220 feet away (as close as I could get the receiver to it), this turned out to be a problem that essentially blocked my ability to realistically use the product at all.

I also encountered serious trouble getting SAM’s app to work. The configuration instructions could use some rewriting, but even when followed closely I was never able to get my iPhone to connect to SAM’s temporary Wi-Fi network, a step required to connect it to my own wireless router. The system simply kept timing out before I could complete the connection. After nearly an hour of failed attempts, I finally resorted to a workaround: I installed SAM’s app on my iPad, configured it there successfully, and then shared the device with my iPhone through a function available in the app. Once this was done, I was able to receive mail alerts on my phone, which are set as push notifications by default.

The range issue is the bigger of the two here, as SAM is a product best suited for people who don’t want to (or can’t) walk to a distant mailbox several times each day to see if their mail has arrived. If your mailbox is close enough, SAM’s utility is limited. For users with mobility impairments or other restrictions that prevent them from checking a mailbox that’s nearby, the product could nonetheless merit consideration.

  • This simplistic gadget alerts you when the mailman comes, but only if your mailbox is close enough to your house.


    • Visual plus loud audio alerts available, with ample alert tone choices
    • MP3 support is an interesting, but ultimately superfluous, feature
    • Can push alerts to your phone via SAM’s app


    • Rather homely, antiseptic design
    • Limited range
    • Setting up smartphone access can be challenging

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What is Windows.OLD and how can I delete the folder?

Whether you’ve recently upgraded to Windows 10, or Windows 10 itself had a significant update, you may be running low on disk space. That’s because Windows installs a completely new version and keeps the old one around just in case you want to go back to the previous version. You may have already discovered that the folder is pretty sizable, and can use as much as 30GB of space. If you have a small-capacity SSD to run Windows, that’s a significant amount of space gone, so you’re probably wondering if you can delete it and, if so, how to go about it.

The good news is that you can indeed get that space back, and we’ll explain how to do it the right way.

What is Windows.old?

It contains files from your previous installation of Windows, or a previous version of Windows 10. They are retained on your hard disk in case something gones wrong with the upgrade and you need to roll back to your previous version.

You’ll find the Windows.old in File Explorer because it’s not a hidden folder. Open File Explorer by pressing Windows+E and go to ‘This PC’ and then click on OS C: (it’s usually C but may be another letter). Below the ‘Windows’ folder should be Windows.old.

To see how much space this folder is occupying, right-click on it and choose Properties. In our case, it was using up almost 29GB – a significant amount if you have only a 120GB SSD.

How to delete Windows.OLD folder

But unless your low disk space situation is causing problems, we suggest leaving the Windows.old folder where it is as the files will be removed automatically, eventually. If you do need that space back, don’t try and delete the folder in File Explorer. The proper way to do it is as follows.

How to delete the Windows.old folder

The files in Windows.old should be removed automatically after around a month, but you can get rid of them by running Disk Clean-up.

To do so, go to the Start menu and type Disk Clean-up. Run it and select your system drive (if you have more than one) as the drive you want to clean up. It will appear with a small Windows logo as part of the icon.

How to delete Windows.OLD folder

Click the button marked Clean up system files (it may ask you to select your system drive again – select the letter for the drive where Windows is installed) and the utility will then give you a list of items you can clean up. Tick the box next to Previous Windows installation(s) to make sure the Windows.OLD folder is completely removed. You may find other files in here you wish to delete to help with your disk space problem, so you can select those, too.

How to delete Windows.OLD folder

Now click on OK and select Delete files. After a few minutes the files should be gone, and your disk space restored.

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