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Windows.old I cant delete it

  1. #31

    thanks for your support guys , I finally managed to delete it .

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  2. #32

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    64-bit Windows 10

    That's great news Alex. What finally was able to delete it?
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  3. #33

    I don't know. My friend is a computer repair technician and he made it up for me
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  4. #34

    Alex, your friend might have done what I did. He might have re-installed Win 8, and that got rid of it.

    Worked for me, anyway.
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  5. #35

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    Windows 8 Pro

    The solution is to browse to "computer", right click on the OS drive, click properties, click disk cleanup, click clean up system files and then check the box next to old windows install and click ok. It will completely and safely remove windows.old

    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 04 Dec 2012 at 13:45. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  6. #36

    Portland, OR
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    I had a similar issue. What solved it for me is resetting the owner on the folder. For some reason the ACL gets messed up which prevents the removal. For instance, it may refer to a non-existent, or orphaned user account.

    Let's assume that the folder I'm having trouble removing is located at "D:\Windows.old".

    Run the following two commands (one after another) as a built-in administrator:

    takeown /f "D:\Windows.old" /r
    cacls "D:\Windows.old" /T /G administrator:F
    This will reset ownership on that folder to the administrator. (May take some time if folder contains many other files.) After that simply delete it from Windows Explorer again as a built-in administrator.
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  7. #37

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    You guys may want to use this when deleting folders that have security on them:

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