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Delete the Windows.old folder

  1. #11


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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    Good point, whs. I deleted a good chu8nk of it that way, but even the sub-folders are resistant now.
    Did you try to take ownership of those folders. Take Ownership Shortcut - Windows 7 Forums

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Try going into task manager and stop the process and then delete the folder.?
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  3. #13


    Night Hawk, you're a genius of sorts. Having "taken ownership" of the windows.old folder, I kept digging to the last file in each sub-folder and am able to delete about four out of five files. This will obviously take a very long time, as I have 16 gigabytes in the windows.old folder, and most of these files are small.

    I'm going to go to 7 and try your other method of removing the folder from another OS.
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  4. #14


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    1st W10 Professional x64/W7 Ultimate x64 - 2nd Remote system: W10 Insider Builds/W7 Professional


    When you boot into 7 you are booting out of 8 at the same time ending all 8 processes. The other method of going into all the subs does work but will take time to go into the last sub folders first and taking ownership over them just to uncheck the read only box and click the apply button to see that put into effect.

    Even with the clean install here the RP saw the Windows.old created while it wasn't previously seen with any clean install of the CP showing the RP as expected is much further along. But this is also reason for setting up a dual boot not allowing the RP installer to replace the present Windows installation you already have on.

    You will still want to back up anything from the user files and other things from any previous 8 install before tossing it completely. The other option is to use the DiskCleanup tool as soon as you arrive at the desktop if there's nothing there to bother with. Now to get the sound working which has been delayed and see if the startup sound can be changed as it was in 7!
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  5. #15


    I installed the free IObit Uninstaller, which "unlocks" a file from a program and lets you delete it. It took me a while to figure out that once the file is unlocked, I still have to delete it. I am now going to folders (instead of sub-folders) and am able to delete about half of them.
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  7. #17


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    There you go! That's another option for local deletion while booted in the same installation where you are trying to remove it. I'll be looking at the LockHunter since I run the 64bit OSs here as a rule.
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  8. #18


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    Unlocker has a x64 version, and is the more established program. I have both, Lockhunter has a nice feature which is What's locking this file? Both are good. A Guy
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    I've heard of Unlocker before but not the LockHunter app and wanted to give that a look. Actually between both versions just having seen clean installs I ended up downloading both.
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  10. #20


    Covington, La
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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    If you have Malwarebytes on your system, it has File Assassin under More Tools tab which will also delete locked files.

    Jim
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