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Delete the Windows.old folder

  1. #21


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    That's "IF" you have... IF you don't then you have to go out and install something when that's not even necessary! Windows already has a Disk Cleanup tool included. Disk Cleanup - Open and Use - Windows 7 Forums

    Option One in the 7 guide for this covers how to remove the Windows.old using an app of any type. Windows.old Folder - Delete - Windows 7 Forums

    The quickest I've ever seen the entire folder removed however was simply booting into another OS installation where no Windows processes are running such as the built-in Windows administrator to get in the way. When first seeing this with Vista however and booted into the older version there the first method was simply digging into the sub folders and working your way out if not using that version's Disk Cleanup option.

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    I'm using an unlocker program that gets over half the folders. I'm afraid that in Windows 8, Disk Clean-up will not remove the Windows.old folder.
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    Go for the LockHunter unless you are dual booting with 7 and simply restart into 7 and dump it from there! Since 8 is a newer version you will always find a few things that simply won't go on and run at first glance. This can be from various reasons as well.

    Try downloading another copy of same. Right click on the installer to run as admin and in compatibility mode for 7 or older. Take ownership over and manually remove some more sub folders of sub folders of even more sub folders out of the way. Or try something else!

    Despite having added in a boot entry for 7 on the first drive and setting the second where the RP as the default I simply rebooted into 7 and said "Good Bye" to the Windows.old folder from there in one quick right click! Have a live Linux cd by chance? That's another non 8 involved option where nothing in 8 is loaded into memory to get in the way.
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    Folks, I appreciate all the people who tried to help. I do not understand why I couldn't just delete the folder. Following some of your suggestions, I was able to delete large parts of it, and then it ruined my Windows 8 Preview OS. I re-installed (Am I the first one to re-install it?) and it runs fine.
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  5. #25


    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    Go for the LockHunter unless you are dual booting with 7 and simply restart into 7 and dump it from there! Since 8 is a newer version you will always find a few things that simply won't go on and run at first glance. This can be from various reasons as well.

    Try downloading another copy of same. Right click on the installer to run as admin and in compatibility mode for 7 or older. Take ownership over and manually remove some more sub folders of sub folders of even more sub folders out of the way. Or try something else!

    Despite having added in a boot entry for 7 on the first drive and setting the second where the RP as the default I simply rebooted into 7 and said "Good Bye" to the Windows.old folder from there in one quick right click! Have a live Linux cd by chance? That's another non 8 involved option where nothing in 8 is loaded into memory to get in the way.
    thanks for the suggestion, solved in another way this IDM is the culprit, while file rebuilding it skipped few bits,
    i did a forcecheck with the torrent file released somewhere and found 42MB were skipped by IDM completed using torrent and Finally got the RP after 6 days.
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    I had a similar problem. I couldn't delete the Windows.old folder in Win 8 Pro x86 RTM. I used the Take Ownership registry mod to take ownership of everything and it all came down to one file that would not delete by any method. I had ownership Ok but I kept getting Access Denied see the owner but I was the owner. I also started up the Administrator logon, took ownership of the file and tried with that and still no joy. After reading this thread I tried Unlocker Portable for x32. It indicated that there was no lock on the file but it gave me a list of actions I could try. I selected Delete and it was gone. Thanks guys.
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    Hello BobD Welcome to the EightForums!

    Glad to see you still went for the reg mod since that can still be quite useful for other things at times. The first and fast method I initially tried out on Vista was to go to the lowest sub folders and uncheck and apply the read only boxes to deal with them first long before the TakeOwnership mod was found. Once the subs ot the subs of the other sub folders were gone you simply moved up until the main folder could be removed.

    That was the old method used on a one OS system. Once the dual boot phase first with XP - Vista running into permissions problems and then onto Vista-7 dual boots the boot into the other OS made life easier! With the 7-8 dual boot a boot into the 7 side saw the entire Window.old removed in one shot once the right click option was used.
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    Night Hawk, I was somewhat more limited in what I could do. This machine is a laptop and sometime back (for security, lol) I changed the boot to only from HDD and then put a password on my BIOS. I forgot the PW and found out that ASUS wanted about AU$250 to fix it. So I have been working with no ability to boot a CD/DVD ever since. Since then I've had a total OS failure and I've migrated from Vista to 7 to 8. I'm not dual booting so back to 7 was not an option. Booting 8 back to Safe Mode didn't work, the machine hung and then powered off. I was going to leave the remnants of Windows.old as it was only using about 9MB but a bit of Googling got me here and a fix. It's doing alright for a machine that I had written off because the OS failed (wouldn't boot) and it was in the cupboard for 6 months till I worked out a solution to fix it without booting a CD/DVD.
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    Even with the laptop you wouldn't need to even go into the bios setup to boot from the optical or other external drive like flash drive! Asus using the Award bios will see the F8 option on desktops at least while it may be F11 or F12 used there to bring up the boot device menu to select the drive or device to boot from. You press the assigned at post time without ever needing to go in and change the boot order.

    As far as the Windows.old folder itself once all the subs are cleared out one blog writer suggested renaming it to "Windows.personal" as a place to safeguard your personal data like family photos other then tucked away in the user account subs there where you have to dig them out. 9mb on any drive these days isn't even noticable!
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    with the PW on BIOS and boot restricted to HDD, F8 select boot was not available. That made it very difficult.
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