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Lol

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Hi ,
I installed windows 8 on my laptop. It created temporary folders and also moved my previous windows 7 components to Windows.old folder. I am trying to get rid of this folder as i have limited space on my hard disk. However, the SYSTEM is not allowing that to happen.
Also there is "$WINDOWS.~BT" folder which looks like a temporary folder, but i am not able to remove it as well.

If any one has got rid of them, kindly help

Thanks
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8
    System Manufacturer/Model
    toshiba
    CPU
    laptop
    Memory
    2.5 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    shared

SamLewis

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It's not advisable to use Windows 8 as your main OS, what does the error say when you try and delete the folder?
 

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    Windows Developer Preview
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    Quad Core 2.5GH'z
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    Foxconn
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    4GB
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    GTX460
    Sound Card
    Onboard
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    22inch Phillips
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
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    1x 500GB HDD
    PSU
    650W Corsair
    Case
    Stock
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    Taped on fan.
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Curve
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    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    pfft, shocking.

Lol

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Well ..was just getting my hands dirty on it. Its not a big deal, i can revert back to 7. It is fun.. :)
The error logging says "you require permission from SYSTEM to make changes to the file Identity-H".
I am not sure how many login profile does this OS creates. Looks like it is another profile. And why is OS referring to files present in Windows.old?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8
    System Manufacturer/Model
    toshiba
    CPU
    laptop
    Memory
    2.5 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    shared

Lol

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How can i open an elevated command prompt in windows 8? I am not able to see the list of application as it used to be in windows 7.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8
    System Manufacturer/Model
    toshiba
    CPU
    laptop
    Memory
    2.5 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    shared

brummyfan

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How can i open an elevated command prompt in windows 8? I am not able to see the list of application as it used to be in windows 7.
Click start, search, on the right side of the screen click Apps then right click cmd select run as admin.

EDIT: after right clicking cmd you have to click Advanced at the bottom right
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire E1-571
    CPU
    i5-3230m
    Motherboard
    Acer Type-2
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 1333MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 4000
    Sound Card
    High Definiton Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 850 Pro 256GB
    PSU
    Generic
    Keyboard
    QWERTY
    Mouse
    ELANTECH Touchpad
    Internet Speed
    12.68Mbps
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

Lol

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Thank you :)
Finally managed to run elevated command prompt. This metro tile thingy sucks....
Most of the time i clicked on start it took me to tiles menu. Grrrh
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8
    System Manufacturer/Model
    toshiba
    CPU
    laptop
    Memory
    2.5 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    shared

Brink

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mvp
Hello Lol, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you have not already got it deleted, the options in the tutorial below for how to do in Windows 7 will still work in Windows 8.

Windows.old Folder - Delete - Windows 7 Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech MX Master 3
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    Internet Explorer 11
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    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
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    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

Lol

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Hi Shawn,

I have just tried to take ownership of folder and delete it. IT didn't work.. Now gonna gv a try to ur suggestion
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8
    System Manufacturer/Model
    toshiba
    CPU
    laptop
    Memory
    2.5 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    shared

SamLewis

New Member

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows Developer Preview
    CPU
    Quad Core 2.5GH'z
    Motherboard
    Foxconn
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX460
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22inch Phillips
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    1x 500GB HDD
    PSU
    650W Corsair
    Case
    Stock
    Cooling
    Taped on fan.
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Curve
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    pfft, shocking.

tabreslin

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Hello Lol, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you have not already got it deleted, the options in the tutorial below for how to do in Windows 7 will still work in Windows 8.

Windows.old Folder - Delete - Windows 7 Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn

It worked perfectly for me. Thank you very much. Tried adding some rep but received a pop-up that I needed to spread it around before I could do it again.

In any event, your assistance, and these forums (7 & 8) are very much appreciated.

Ted
Las Vegas, NV
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro

Brink

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mvp
You're most welcome Ted. Just knowing that is has helped is thanks enough. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

XweAponX

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If all else fails, download "unlocker" and use that to force-delete the folder.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

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