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Do I need SWTOOLS folder after update from Windows 7 to Windows 10

2016-11-17, 15:36 PM

This folder is almost 4GB and all of the files look fairly old. Are the files in the SWTOOLS folder used in a Windows 10 install or all they left over? Any reason to keep this folder on the system drive? Thanks.

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Re: Do I need SWTOOLS folder after update from Windows 7 to Windows 10

2016-11-17, 16:45 PM

Wihtout seeing your specific machine it's hard to be exact, but SWTOOLS typically contains software installers

 

They aren't used during operation but may be useful when reinstalling some drivers and apps.  Some of the apps (typically media apps like DVD players) won't be available for download from the Lenovo site.

 

That said, they may or may not install and function on Win 10.

 

My generic recommendation would be to archive that folder somewhere - flash drive or DVD - perhaps after first poking around and doing/trying any installs on the new OS.

 

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Re: Do I need SWTOOLS folder after update from Windows 7 to Windows 10

2016-11-17, 16:45 PM

Wihtout seeing your specific machine it's hard to be exact, but SWTOOLS typically contains software installers

 

They aren't used during operation but may be useful when reinstalling some drivers and apps.  Some of the apps (typically media apps like DVD players) won't be available for download from the Lenovo site.

 

That said, they may or may not install and function on Win 10.

 

My generic recommendation would be to archive that folder somewhere - flash drive or DVD - perhaps after first poking around and doing/trying any installs on the new OS.

 

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Re: Do I need SWTOOLS folder after update from Windows 7 to Windows 10

2016-12-10, 17:34 PM

Just rename the folder SWTOOL to SWTOOL.OLD , Use the laptop for few days or a week and if you did not had any problem just delete it.

You should be good.

 

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Re: Do I need SWTOOLS folder after update from Windows 7 to Windows 10

2016-12-10, 18:21 PM

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Just rename the folder SWTOOL to SWTOOL.OLD , Use the laptop for few days or a week and if you did not had any problem just delete it.

You should be good.

 


There's nothing in SWTOOLS that's needed to run the system so renaming it or deleting it won't affect that. The directory contains only installers and related files to reinstall the utilities and programs that came bundled with the system. For example there's probably DVD writing software, an anti-virus package, Adobe Reader, etc. These never get updated after Lenovo ships them. So after a few years they tend to become stale if not totally useless. Also Windows 10 includes much of the functionality that used to be in these add-on packages so there's no longer any need to reinstall them. Finally most, if not all, of the remaining functionality can be downloaded for free. So in a system that's more than a couple of years old there's really little point in keeping this directory.


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