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How to delete Windows.old from C prompt??

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    How to delete Windows.old from C prompt??


    O.K. I'm on my 6th new hard drive! Here is what happened, I installed 2 Brand new 1tb hard drives to my computer! So my goal was to start windows 8 from scratch (not hacked like my other drives), so they are installed and I got a Brand new Windows 8 disk loaded it to my C: hard drive and low and behold I found a Windows.old file on my new hard drive???? Now I don't know how it got there (cause that's where my SPY resides) but it is! So I searched the internet for ways to delete Windows.old even in Admin. I can't...!!! So I'm on my knees for someone to explain how this could happen and finally get rid of my problem!!! All the one's I tried for Windows 8 and 8.1 didn't do the trick!
    Thanks in advance!

    tdhclueless50

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    Hello tdh, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Usually you get the Windows.old folder when you do an upgrade installation. The tutorial below can help show you a few options to delete it with.

    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Yes I know that but I swear I installed everything clean and brand new, I don't know where it was hiding? Now my computer is saying ACCESS is Denied when I try to delete it and I'm logged in as Admin.??? Now you see my problem?
    Thanks
    tdhclueless50
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    Did you try OPTION ONE or OPTION THREE in the tutorial link above?
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    Both and then more, I took ownership and administrator, still comes back "Access is denied"
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    Option Three was for to delete it in a command prompt at boot. That should have been able to delete it since it's outside of Windows.
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    No it didn't work!!
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    In that case, see if you may be able to use the free program Unlocker to delete it.
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    corrupt computer


    When I was explaining what was taking place on my Wife's computer my spy person deleted most of my programs and took the rest of them and made them ALL "File folder" so nothing works... They must of been hiding in my email account because I did replace my 2 hard drives and put all new fresh programs on it!!! Now I can't even get to the Internet on my Computer, and they changed my ADM. Password??? So I am in desperate mode and need the services of a true GEEK!!! Please can anyone help???
    Thanks
    tdhclueless50
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    Considering that, you're most likely going to need to reinstall Windows 8.

    What do you mean by "spy person"? Are you saying you were hacked??

    What are you using to reinstall Windows 8 with, and where did you get it from?
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