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Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8

  1. #40


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    Quote Originally Posted by ustahl View Post
    I'm getting desperate.
    I've upgraded from Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit to Windows 8 Pro 64-bit. Following advice in this forum and other places, I've been trying as administrator to delete the Windows.old folder without success. I've managed to delete all files within Windows.old and its sub folders, so the folder(s) size is now 0 bytes, but it remains stubbornly 'read only', no matter what. I've also tried 'Unlocker' and 'Eraser' utilities, but they too fail.
    Other remnants from the os upgrade like the Windows~BT folder I managed to get rid of, but this stubborn empty Windows.old folder (with empty sub folders) drives me nuts.
    OK, since the folder is empty it doesn't waste space on the system drive, so it's rather a matter of cosmetics, but I want to be the boss of my hdd and get rid of that ugly clutter.
    What do you suggest?

    TIA
    -Uffe
    Hello Uffe, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Did you already try OPTION THREE to delete it in a command prompt at boot? This usually will work when nothing else will. Just be sure that you have the correct drive letter.
    Last edited by Brink; 12 Jan 2013 at 23:04. Reason: added quote

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  2. #41


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    Windows 8 Pro 64 bit


    Thanks for your advice, Brink.
    A mom ago I tried Option Three, using the command prompt at boot. The drive info I got with Diskpart -> List Volume was very different from reality. My 2 TB hdd is partitioned approx. 50/50, both partitions NTFS. List Volume stated one drive as "raw", the other as "Fat 32", and the sizes were waaay smaller than for real. I suspect the reason for this could be the use of an 128 GB OCZ Synapse Cache SSD system cache drive (using Dataplex software). Maybe I should de-install that SSD cache drive and try Option Three after that. Then, after hopefully destroying Windows.old, re-install that SSD cache drive. This SSD cache drive btw is completely hidden and has no drive letter.
    What do you think?

    Cheers
    -Uffe
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  3. #42


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    Uffe,

    You could give it a try to see, but it shouldn't make any difference as long as you use the correct drive letter for your Windows 8 drive/partition that the Windows.old folder is on.
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  4. #43


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro 64 bit


    Hi Shawn,
    After disabling the SSD cache drive I was now able to easily identify my boot drive C: from the command prompt. However, the command "rd /s /q "c:\windows.old" did not succeed. It said "The directory is not empty" for Windows.old and the empty folders within Windows.old. So I'm still stuck with the 0-byte sized Windows.old folder (incl. empty sub folders).
    I'm clueless.
    What now?

    Cheers
    -Uffe
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  5. #44


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    Odd. Did you boot from your Windows 8 installation disc or repair disc to a command prompt, and not through the startup options or safe mode?
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  6. #45


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    Yep, I booted from a usb stick with the Windows 8 installation data, the very same stick I used for upgrading/installing Windows 8, and chose repair -> command prompt.

    Cheers
    -Uffe
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  7. #46


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    I'm afraid that I'm stumped as well.
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  8. #47


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro 64 bit


    Hi Shawn,
    Got following idea: take out the Windows 8 system hdd from the PC cabinet. Connect my Icy Box USB 3.0 external hdd docking station to my separate Windows 7 laptop. Put the Windows 8 system hdd into the docking station after laptop booted into Windows 7. Delete the Windows.old folder from laptop's Windows 7 explorer. Or should I use some other tool for getting rid of that nuisance? Could the solution be found in this direction?
    Not giving up yet!

    Cheers
    -Uffe
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  9. #48


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    You could give that a try, but you'll probably need to take ownership of and set permissions to "Allow" yourself "Full control" of the folder and it's contents before it may let you.

    (Option Three) Take Ownership of file - Vista Forums
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  10. #49


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro 64 bit


    I'll make backup image of my system drive 1st before trying above solution. Thanks for the 'Take Ownership' hint.
    Will revert outcome in due course. If the Windows.old folder is stubborn, so am I.

    Cheers
    -Uffe
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