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Delete the Windows.old folder

  1. #31


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    Not good! If you run a quick search however you can find several guides on how to reset the bios. Post #2 from the Asus VIP section of their support forums explains the 4 actual options you have however. ASUSTeK Computer Inc.-Forum- laptop bios password reset

    You already know one of them will cost for sure!

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  2. #32


    Australia
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    Win7 pro x86 & x64, Win8.1 pro x86 & x64


    NightHawk, thanks for the info. Re the possible solutions:

    1: ASUS support in Melbourne Australia were only offering to reset it in their workshop
    2: I tried but no solution worked
    3: not possible according to ASUS support
    4: I never thought of that one, I will look into it. I am capable.

    It has been like this for a couple of years now. I am managing OK. Even if I get a total OS failure and cant boot, I have full disk backups using Acronis True Image. I just put the HDD in an external case attached to another machine and restore the disk from a backup copy kept on one of the other machines or offsite. I don't have this yet for Win 8 as I am still building it but I could easily go back to Win 7 if I really had to. Acronis has just released their True Image 2013 which supports win 8 and I expect to have a backup solution operative within the week.
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  3. #33


    Michigan
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    Windows 8.1 64bit


    The correct way to remove Windows.old folder

    1. Open up Control Panel
    2. Select "System and Security".
    3. Under "Administrative Tools" Select "Free up disk space".
    4. Disk Clean up will launch
    5. Click on "OK" and let it scan.
    6. When the scan is complete, Click on "Clean up system files" button
    7. does a re-scan.
    8. Select "Previous Windows Installation(s).
    9. Click on "OK"
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  4. #34


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    Quote Originally Posted by BobD View Post
    NightHawk, thanks for the info. Re the possible solutions:

    1: ASUS support in Melbourne Australia were only offering to reset it in their workshop
    2: I tried but no solution worked
    3: not possible according to ASUS support
    4: I never thought of that one, I will look into it. I am capable.

    It has been like this for a couple of years now. I am managing OK. Even if I get a total OS failure and cant boot, I have full disk backups using Acronis True Image. I just put the HDD in an external case attached to another machine and restore the disk from a backup copy kept on one of the other machines or offsite. I don't have this yet for Win 8 as I am still building it but I could easily go back to Win 7 if I really had to. Acronis has just released their True Image 2013 which supports win 8 and I expect to have a backup solution operative within the week.
    jladwig is correct on the Disk Cleanup being another option as well. Good point there!

    I was just looking at the 2012 Acronis T.I. here but still run the 2010 version reliably. If and when the time comes to go for a newer version that or the next to come would be considered for sure.

    Here I use Acronis along with the Windows backup option since you can mount the image like a second C drive which allows you to edit. Plus the size on disk for any image is smaller when dealing with some good sized ones. I even set up a dual boot using an image made by Acrons to see that run with the actual host 7 install to see if that idea would work while testing how well the program dealt with 400+gb sized backups.

    As far as the numbers #3 and #4 options seen there I would likely simply end up sending the board itself into Asus and let them swap out the bios with the bios version you want on the new chip put on by them. That would insure the best results having the manufacturer doing this for the $25US approximate price plus shipping.

    I have a Gigabyte board here(first of two for present case) that was cooked by a faulty supply. I wanted to see if Gigabyte could fix or toss but found another identical board for the old case instead. That would be fixed and held onto as a spare unless simply going with a notch newer AM3+ to replace the AM3 model to run the latest 4.2ghz quad. But spent on a the second same board as well as built a new 7 Pro case.

    The main problem as you found out with locking up the bios or even encrypting a drive to secure data can be a real problem when you forget something! With an encrption you can simply wipe the drive but lose everything on it! For a bios however you found out what that will now need.
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  5. #35


    Australia
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    Win7 pro x86 & x64, Win8.1 pro x86 & x64


    Yeah, that tip by jladwig is good. I tried that but could see no option for deleting Windows.old but I didn't know to rescan only System files.

    In Australia, the cost of getting ASUS to do the job was AU$200 + shipping. The whole price was heading north of $250. They were not replacing the BIOS, only replacing or rewriting the password chip which is separate from the bios chip. Rather than spend the money on a fix, I actually scrapped the machine and bought another. Months later I worked out a fix for it. Now it's my test machine for Win 8.
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  6. #36


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    If you had simply been able to swap boards out that would have been cheaper in the long run while having a spare case around is always a help at times! I now have a second 7 Pro mini tower with a carrying handle I work with remotely for things like patching a security system into the remote pc.

    That simply came about when initially going to order a replacement board and supply for the old Vista build but grabbed the micro atx board as well as deals on the case, supply, and memory as well as the lower end video card. I could have easily slapped 8 on that before running 7 Pro but all OSs are looked over on the main case here due to having the extra drive space as well as VM options.
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  7. #37


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    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    I installed RTM fresh and ended up Windows.old of the RP install. I tried to remove it and it complained about Access Denied, I'm pretty sure I just opened an administrator command prompt and recursively deleted that directory although I can't say for sure. One thing I do know for sure, I got rid of it pretty easily.
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    If you simply typed delete at the command prompt you may only seen the entire folder hidden not completely gone! Generally with any manual removal methods getting at the subs of the subs under the main are what is first removed whether at the command prompt or if you still booted from dos in some way empty contents before folder deletion was always the rule.

    So how did the RTM go besides that? Does it feel any better then the problematic RP? I will likely dump the 90 day developer release on a VM and get at just one more RP install before calling 8 a quits unless I find some reason to run it as a second OS opposed to the Linux distro presently on the other drive.
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  9. #39


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    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    If you simply typed delete at the command prompt you may only seen the entire folder hidden not completely gone! Generally with any manual removal methods getting at the subs of the subs under the main are what is first removed whether at the command prompt or if you still booted from dos in some way empty contents before folder deletion was always the rule.

    So how did the RTM go besides that? Does it feel any better then the problematic RP? I will likely dump the 90 day developer release on a VM and get at just one more RP install before calling 8 a quits unless I find some reason to run it as a second OS opposed to the Linux distro presently on the other drive.
    Actually "delete" is not a command, I believe I just typed "rmdir /S" and it was gone. As for RTM I haven't had any issues with it but I never had issues with RP either. If you haven't found a reason to run 8 up to now you're not going to, your thoughts on 8 have been clear so your best bet is to stick to Linux.
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    What was found to work here at least on Vista and 7 for seeing the Windows.old removed entirely in one effort was the option you add to the right click menu called TakeOwnership From the elevated command prompt(right click to run as admin) you would enter "takeown /F /C:Windows.old* /R /A" without the quotes followed by pressing the enter and then follow that with "calcs C:Windows.old*.* /T /grant administrators:F" without quotes again followed by another press on the enter button.

    As for Linux that was primarily a temp install on the second drive there in order to try out the Linux flavor of VBox where a 7 VM went right on while the RP again stalled like it had done with VM Player 4.0.2. The CP was able to work on VM Player but hasn't been tried out on the Linux side pending that being replaced with the 90 day look at the 8 Enterprise developer release.

    Once I get a better look at the RTM side of things I would only decide whether or to not to run 8 as a secondary OS and stand alone OS as well since 8 isn't as dual boot friendly as you saw with previous versions! The 7/ 8 CP dual boot only saw the 7 mbr overwritten whlie using EasyBCD for the 8 mbr while the boot of 7 from the PC Refresh tried out with the RP lead to both Windows ending in Super Freeze!

    The 7 drive became loaded with errors and was in need of a clean install. Later when switching from Native ide to AHCI 7 adjusted automatically to the change while the RP became totally unusable! The Linux install went on a temp substitute when the second also saw a little repartitioning take place to use the bulk of the drive for 7 system images. A front end 110gb root and swap are present until a new NTFS primary replaces that.
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