How to delete Windows.old folder after Windows 10 update

I always keep adequate space in the system Partition (most of the times “C” drive). Because, the empty space is required to store various system files or Temporary Application files. Not enough space on this partition can often slow down the computer. I had 50+ GB free space in this 100 GB partition and only till a couple of days back – when I discovered my C drive is running out of space.

I was a bit confused on what could take so much space all of a sudden. I checked the drive and found a folder named “Windows.old” occupying  around 30 GB space. I know Windows.old folders are created when we re-install the Windows and don’t delete the old Windows files. But, in my case – this shouldn’t happen. Because, I haven’t re-installed Windows and this OS (Windows 10) is the one I have been using since I purchased my Laptop.

Finally, I discovered the folder Windows.old  has been created by the Windows 10 itself after a recent update. It backed up the old version in windows.old folder. It is a safety mechanism implemented so that the system can roll back incase the update fails. The Folder is then retained so that we can roll back to previous version incase we face issue even after successful update.

Since my Windows 10 is running fine after the update – I don’t need that Windows.old folder anymore. Deleting it will give me 30 GB free space. I could have delete the folder right away. But, I thought I should first check what should be the proper way to delete this folder.

After spending some time researching I found I can delete this Windows.old folder in three ways.

1. How to Properly delete Windows.old folder from the Disk Cleanup option:

  • Right click on the System Drive (C drive in most of the cases) and click “Properties”.
  • Now Click on “Disk Cleanup”

windows 10 disc cleanup utility

  • Now click on “Cleanup System Files”

windows 10 cleanup system files

  • Now Select the option “Previous Windows installation(s) and finally press “OK”.

disk cleanup delete system files old windows

 

2. How to Properly delete Windows.old folder from Windows Storage Settings:

    • Go to Windows 10 settings by Clicking on Windows Start  and the Setting icon.

Windows 10 settings

  • Now Type in “Storage” and the option “Storage Settings” will appear. Click on “Storage Settings”.

windows 10 settings page

NOW FOLLOW EITHER 2A OR 2B TO DELETE THE WINDOWS.OLD FOLDER.

2 A. Delete Windows.old folder using Storage Sense:

  • Click on “Change how we free up space automatically”.

windows 10 storage sense delete windows.old folder

  • Select the option “Delete previous versions of Windows” and finally click on “Clean Now”.

windows 10 storage sense delete windows.old folder

2 B. Delete Windows.old folder using Temporary Files Settings:

  • Go to the “Storage Settings” page. Click on “Free up space now”.

Windows 10 delete windows.old folder using temporary files settings

  • Select the option “Previous Windows Installation(s)” and finally click on “Remove Files”.

Windows 10 delete windows.old folder using temporary files settings

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You can delete the Windows.old folder by any of the above three methods. But please be sure that – you no longer need it, your Windows 10 is functioning properly, You don’t need to roll back as all your applications are working fine and finally, you really need to free up space. Windows creates this Windows.old folder for some reasons and I have described that at the very beginning of the article. Feel free to share your views or suggestion (if any) through commenting.

10 best Web Hosting companies – Plans & Pricing 2019

# 1


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HostGator is the largest shared hosting service provider in the whole world. There are good reasons for which millions of clients host there websites with HostGator. There service quality and support is superb and that is what set's them apart from others. Following are their Shared hosting packages:

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Besides Shared hosting - HostGator offers: Cloud Hosting, WordPress Hosting, VPS & Dedicated Servers.

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SiteGround is popular hosting service provider which is known for its rock solid services and unbeatable support. Their shared hosting packages are as follows:

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Besides Shared hosting - SiteGround offers: Cloud Hosting, WordPress Hosting and WooCommerce Hosting.

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Eleven2 is a US-based web hosting service with a global presence. It was founded in 2003 and its office address is in Los Angeles. Eleven2 offers two types of shared hosting - Shared hosting with Standard storage and Shared hosting with SSD. Eleven2's shared hosting packages are as follows:

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Bluehost is a web hosting company owned by Endurance International Group. It is one of the 20 largest web hosts, collectively hosting well over 2 million. If you are looking for a good web hosting company, you have probably heard of Bluehost. They are a popular and quickly growing web hosting company. BlueHost's shared hosting packages are as follows:

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iPage is a popular web hosting platform for a very big number of websites. It is one of those inexpensive hosting providers who provides quality hosting services with great support. iPage shared hosting packages are as follows:

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GreenGeeks is wellknown as an environment freidnly hosting service Provider. Their datacenters are powered by renewal energy sources. They are also reputed for their incredible hosting services and support. Their shared hosting packages are as follows:

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Whitelist IP or IP range in/out using iptables

#Flush existing rules
iptables -F

# Set up default DROP rule for eth0 (Assuming eth0 is the Ethernet Port)
iptables -P INPUT DROP

# Allow existing connections to continue
iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -m state –state ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT

# Accept everything from the 192.168.0.x network
iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -s 192.168.0.0/24 -j ACCEPT

# Allow connections from this host to 192.168.1.10
iptables -A OUTPUT -o eth0 -d 192.168.1.10 -j ACCEPT

Download the favicon icon from any website

It is possible that you might like a favicon (yes the logo icon that is displayed in the browser tab) of a certain website. Now, normally most of the websites store it in the form of favicon.ico in the root directory of any website. So, you can just type in: http://domain.com/favicon.ico and download it when it appears in the browser.

But, not all the websites store it this way. If you find it hard – let it be done by Google. Just type in the following link in the web browser – and it will show you the favicon.ico:

To get the favicon for a domain, use

http://www.google.com/s2/favicons?domain=www.domain.com

To get the favicon for an URL, use

http://www.google.com/s2/favicons?domain_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.domain.com%2F

 

Replace domain.com with the actual domain from which you’d like to download the favicon from.

How to write unique contents using WordPress plagiarism checker

If you are writing blog posts and actually copying content from other sites – you’ll not be doing any good (if not bad) to your blog from SEO perspective. The math is simple – if the content is not yours – do not put it in your website.

Now the question is how are you going to get unique contents? Simple – write your content yourself. To make sure your content is not matching that with someone else’s – you may check your content with Plagiarism checker. While there are standalone system for plagiarism check – there is a plugin for WordPress – which does it right from the wordpress editor. Moreover, it is FREE.

free plagiarism checker plugin for wordpress for unique content

However, if you are not working with WordPress and would like to use something like this – here is a link where you can do so: http://smallseotools.com/plagiarism-checker/

 

GMail Phishing scam – Becareful !!

If you are a tech savvy person – you probably know how phishing works. However, this time attackers tried to use optical illusion to trap people into a new phishing scam targeting the GMail users. Here’s how it looks like:

gmail phishing scam URL

Scammers attach an image which looks like it is an attachment. When you click on it – it takes you to the scammers destination – to the phishing link. And if you ignore the login URL – you are DONE!!

The phishing login page has been tricked as well to look like it is from Google. So even the most savviest person may fall for the trick. Here is how the phishing page URL will look like:

gmail phishing scam data url

Img credit: The Hacker News

 

So, next time you are forwarded to any login page – double – triple check.

You may find more about it in this link.

SOLUTION!! How to find out the Windows key used in the computer

YOU WANT TO KNOW THE WINDOWS SERIAL KEY – WHICH WAS USED TO ACTIVATE YOUR WINDOWS.

Why?

  • You may be planning to re-install the windows. You may have lost the key.
  • You may be selling your computer and buying a new one – but want to retain your copy of windows.

No Worries. You can retrieve your key from the computer. In this case you’ll need a running windows to get the key.

Copy and paste the following into a Notepad, save the text file and rename the file to “productkey.vbs”:

Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
MsgBox ConvertToKey(WshShell.RegRead("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DigitalProductId"))

Function ConvertToKey(Key)
Const KeyOffset = 52
i = 28
Chars = "BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789"
Do
Cur = 0
x = 14
Do
Cur = Cur * 256
Cur = Key(x + KeyOffset) + Cur
Key(x + KeyOffset) = (Cur \ 24) And 255
Cur = Cur Mod 24
x = x -1
Loop While x >= 0
i = i -1
KeyOutput = Mid(Chars, Cur + 1, 1) & KeyOutput
If (((29 - i) Mod 6) = 0) And (i <> -1) Then
i = i -1
KeyOutput = "-" & KeyOutput
End If
Loop While i >= 0
ConvertToKey = KeyOutput
End Function

Now run the file “productkey.vbs”. You should see something like this:

how to find out retrieve windows serial key from computer

Note it down and save it somewhere. Good luck.