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Windows.old I cant delete it

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    Windows.old I cant delete it


    Hi guys I've been searching a guide to delete windows.old

    I had windows 7 professional and made it to windows 8 but now I cant delete windows.old

    that guide is not working so do not post it as reply please:Windows.old Folder - Delete - Windows 7 Forums

    at Disk Cleanup I cant choose what to clean like Windows 7 C:

    RD /S /Q "D:\Windows.old" is not working and it says access is denied

    Please help me delete it

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    Hello Alex, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    See if using this tutorial below for Windows 8 instead may work better. It sounds like you are not opening a "elevated" (right click -> "Run as administrator") command prompt with a access denied message.

    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    I did that's what I done first still not working
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    Did you try taking ownership of windows.old?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Kalm97 View Post
    I did that's what I done first still not working
    Have you already tried OPTION THREE to delete it at boot?
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    yes did not work , how to take ownership?
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    Ok. The tutorial below can help show you how to take ownership of the Windows.old folder, to then try and delete it afterwards.

    Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8

    If that still doesn't help, then you might see if the free program Unlocker may be able to help delete it.
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    done it nothings working .... wtf is wrong... I got a new pc what should I do?
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    please help me.... unlocker needs to pay .... I don't wanna pay for it ... sorry for duble post
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    What does it do or tell you when you tried to delete the Windows.old folder in a command prompt at boot (OPTION THREE)?

    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8
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