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Delete the Windows.old folder

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    Delete the Windows.old folder


    Quote Originally Posted by francox64 View Post
    Hello everyone, please, can you tell me how can I delete the folder windows.old?
    Thanks in advance
    PS: forgive my English
    Hey, Pisan, if it works, let me know. I've been trying for two days to delete it. The instructions are for deleting the windows.old folder out of Windows 7, and they don't work on Windows 8. I've saved everything I want, and I can't get rid of the rest.

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    Vince, you may have more luck when you delete the subfolders one by one and then see which parts are stubburn.
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    Good point, whs. I deleted a good chu8nk of it that way, but even the sub-folders are resistant now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Vince, you may have more luck when you delete the subfolders one by one and then see which parts are stubburn.
    That's where you start first besides taking ownership over each one as you go along. The option for the right click menu will save a lot of time too enabling you to uncheck the read only box on each. Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 8

    With a clean install of Windows 8, 7, or Vista without any previous Windows installation being replaced there won't be any user files to worry about there. One blog writer some time back recommended renaming the main Windows.old folder itself to "Windows.personal" to safe guard your important stuff there once all the subs are taken care of since you are less likely to accidently delete being harder to remove.
    Last edited by Brink; 05 Jun 2012 at 23:23. Reason: updated link for the same here
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    Fellows, I appreciate your help, but nothing worked. "Take Ownership" looks impressive, but it changes nothing. I managed to get the folder changed from "Read Only," but no luck. Trying to do it through the "Run" command also didn't work.
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    To remove the Windows.old folder you have to dig deep into the sub folders under each sub folder to first remove the last in the line before you can remove any that are above that until you finally reach the main folder itself. If any sub folder has a folder in it that will need to be taken ownership over.

    In fact you may have to remove the files in the sub folders before simply being able to remove that one sub! Often you have to take ownership over a good deal of those first just to be able to dump those and then onto the sub they were found in. This is how stubborn they can be at times. The bootstat.dat file just happens to be one of the most stubborn being a protected system file.

    This is why the deeper you dig into all the sub folders first and get rid of the files found in them the easier it will become to work outward to the main Windows.old folder. The right click menu options makes things go much easier as you go along there.
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    Leave it to me to find an easier way! Since I was already booted in 7 I simply opened up Windows Explorer and right clicked to delete the 8 Windows.old folder and it went right into the Recycle Bin!

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    Ahhh, of course, like booting with a linux distro , the file was not in use

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    Hi,

    Doing that kind of housekeeping from the other side of the fence (from within a different OS) is easy enough. However I suppose Vince has to do this from within his active W8 install?

    Ciao,
    Last edited by fdegrove; 04 Jun 2012 at 07:51.
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