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Windows 8 not allowing to delete windows.old folder

  1. #1


    Manchester
    Posts : 7
    windows 8

    Windows 8 not allowing to delete windows.old folder


    Hi ,
    I installed windows 8 on my laptop. It created temporary folders and also moved my previous windows 7 components to Windows.old folder. I am trying to get rid of this folder as i have limited space on my hard disk. However, the SYSTEM is not allowing that to happen.
    Also there is "$WINDOWS.~BT" folder which looks like a temporary folder, but i am not able to remove it as well.

    If any one has got rid of them, kindly help

    Thanks

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  2. #2


    Shrewsbury
    Posts : 3
    Windows Developer Preview


    It's not advisable to use Windows 8 as your main OS, what does the error say when you try and delete the folder?
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  3. #3


    Kansas
    Posts : 124
    WDP 8 x86


    Did you try to take ownership of the folder? Try this tutorial.
    Take Ownership of file - Vista Forums
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  4. #4


    Manchester
    Posts : 7
    windows 8


    Well ..was just getting my hands dirty on it. Its not a big deal, i can revert back to 7. It is fun..
    The error logging says "you require permission from SYSTEM to make changes to the file Identity-H".
    I am not sure how many login profile does this OS creates. Looks like it is another profile. And why is OS referring to files present in Windows.old?
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  5. #5


    Manchester
    Posts : 7
    windows 8


    How can i open an elevated command prompt in windows 8? I am not able to see the list of application as it used to be in windows 7.
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  6. #6


    Quote Originally Posted by Lol View Post
    How can i open an elevated command prompt in windows 8? I am not able to see the list of application as it used to be in windows 7.
    Click start, search, on the right side of the screen click Apps then right click cmd select run as admin.

    EDIT: after right clicking cmd you have to click Advanced at the bottom right
    .Click image for larger version
    Last edited by brummyfan; 16 Sep 2011 at 18:08. Reason: additional info
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  7. #7


    Manchester
    Posts : 7
    windows 8


    Thank you
    Finally managed to run elevated command prompt. This metro tile thingy sucks....
    Most of the time i clicked on start it took me to tiles menu. Grrrh
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  8. #8


    Posts : 21,822
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Lol, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you have not already got it deleted, the options in the tutorial below for how to do in Windows 7 will still work in Windows 8.

    Windows.old Folder - Delete - Windows 7 Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  9. #9


    Manchester
    Posts : 7
    windows 8


    Hi Shawn,

    I have just tried to take ownership of folder and delete it. IT didn't work.. Now gonna gv a try to ur suggestion
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  10. #10


    Manchester
    Posts : 7
    windows 8


    Windows.old Folder - Delete - Windows 7 Forums

    First option worked finally ( using Disk clean up utility), however the second one ( Dos command ) didn't work.

    Thanks a lot shawn
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