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Windows old is the left over Windows 8.1 files from your previous Operating System.
Navigate to the Start Menu > Search Windows > Type This PC > Click on Local Disk> Right Click > Properties > Disk Cleanup > Select Everything > Click Cleanup System Files > Select Everything > Click Cleanup System Files.
That should remove the Windows old folder. You can now use DDU to remove any installed AMD drivers and update to the latest version which is Crimson 16.6.1.
First of all, thank you a lot for your reply.
I understand that Windows.old folder can be used in case the user wants to downgrade to previous edition of Windows. Also, this folder stores old files. You are recommending me to get rid of the whole folder. I have some questions regarding this point:
- Will deleting the Windows.old folder affect my laptop performance?
- Will I lose important files, folders or personal data?
And just to mention, I am not planning to downgrade to Windows 8.1.
AMD graphics card driver and software:
I've read several posts on the Internet where people are experiencing issues similar to mine. I found that many of them are recommending to go to the manufacturer's website and download the driver from there, even if it will be an old driver. They are saying that when having the right driver, the user will be able to run the Control Catalyst Center.
In your opinion, what's the best source for getting the driver/software: AMD website or manufacturer's (Toshiba in my case) website?
Here's an important info:
- AMD driver's version that was downloaded automatically by Windows is: 15.200.1055.0. However, the latest version that is found on Toshiba's website is: 13.351.1006.1001.
- Current Intel Graphics driver version that is installed on my laptop is: 188.8.131.5231. The latest version found on Toshiba's website is: 10.18.10.3412.
So what are you recommending me to do after reading my reply? What about the Intel driver?
I hope that this discussion will help many users in the future.
Removing the Windows old folder will free up some hard drive space, but removing will stop you from downgrading to 8.1 again. Deleting the folder will not affect performance, you will just lose all the files and folders contained within. It should not affect any personal data outside of that folder, which the upgrade should have moved over.
I would update to the latest drivers available, please see my post above for the latest current AMD driver.
Thank you. Everything is working fine now on my laptop!
Here's what I did:
- Removed Windows.old folder using Disk Cleanup
- Used DDU to remove all the software related to my AMD graphics card
- Downloaded the latest version from AMD website.
So, that's what I have now:
Driver's name and version as shown in Device Manager: AMD Radeon R9 M200X Series 16.200.1025.0
Radeon Software version: 16.6.1
For test purposes, I installed Need for Speed Rivals. Radeon Software found the game and assigned for it the needed settings. While playing the game, I didn't encounter any problems.
By the way, on Toshiba's wesbite, there's no Display drivers for Windows 10 for my laptop. What I was talking about in previous post are Windows 8 drivers. (I've read somewhere that Windows 8 drivers can work for Windows 10).
And just to mention, the Windows Updater downloaded for me another AMD driver [Name: AMD Radeon R9 M265X, Version: 15.200.1055.0] and Device Manager began showing it as the driver I am using. Then, I forced my laptop to use the driver which I downloaded from AMD wesbite. So is that what I was supposed to do?
Two words about the Intel driver. The one that was downloaded by Windows Updater is the best because it's control panel is integrated in the Desktop right click menu. All the other versions that I tried to install didn't work as the one I am talking about.
Yes that should be fine, glad it all worked okay. Enjoy gaming.