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  1. #1


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    Windows.old


    I tried system files removal with no luck. I then tried Brinks elevated prompt method and it tells me it cannot find it. i see a folder with contents labeled Windows.old right after C:
    I have used admin and rebooted each time.
    I was considering right clicking and removing the folder but the files would remain I think.
    Or wait the 28 days for Windows to purge it.
    However, I am trying to create an image and would like a clean one.

    Is there something i am doing wrong?

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  2. #2


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    If you are unable to remove it using Disk Cleanup, run this from the elevated command prompt rmdir /S /Q C:\Windows.old\
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  3. #3


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    Windows.old


    I do not know if it is because I removed the external drive, ran one elevated prompt or what but after about 6 tries it is gone.
    I thank you for your command and have pasted it in my folder.
    May I ask if the attachment looks right with Windows not Windows.old there now. I never stopped to notice what should be there after .old was gone.
    Thank you
    Peter
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Windos.old.png  
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  4. #4


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Looks OK to me.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    You have a folder "My Backups" on your C:\ drive. It would be better elsewhere probably in case of disk failure.

    You can probably delete MATS folder - Safe to delete MATS folder after running FixIt - Microsoft Community

    and delete the FRST folder Suspect rootkit, MSE uninstalled, network issues - Page 2 - Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs

    and the performance logs (unless you are interested in them).

    Not sure about the others.

    Windows only needs MSOCache (hidden, only if you have Office), Program Files, Program Files (x86) (if you are 64 bit), Program Data (hidden), Users and Windows.
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  6. #6


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    I had the wrong picture


    Does this look better.
    If so I will be back about the other and thank you for your patience.
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  7. #7


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    The first was my desktop -in error.


    The first was my desktop -in error + the second was the pc in question about the Windows.old.

    The first has nothing in My Backups as I back up to external drives so I guess I can leave it?

    FRST was a tool used recently so I will remove it.

    There is nothing in the Perf logs so I guess I can leave it.

    Do you think I can remove these from the images I just made or should I remove and then make new images?
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  8. #8


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Well you can delete PerfLogs if you want - it will be recreated if it is needed by reliability and performance monitor.

    What is in your Boot folder? It is not standard part of Windows...
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  9. #9


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Peter2 View Post
    Do you think I can remove these from the images I just made or should I remove and then make new images?
    Assuming the folders you deleted are not big (two are empty anyway) I wouldn't bother remaking the images. It really doesn't matter if they are there - just looks tidier without
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  10. #10


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64


    Thank you for all your help. I have made note of it.
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