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Windows 7: HOW DO I DELETE MY WINDOWS.OLD FOLDER?


05 May 2011   #1

windows 7 64 bit
 
 
HOW DO I DELETE MY WINDOWS.OLD FOLDER?

I just upgraded from Vista to 7 and am trying to delete my windows.old folder. However I am having trouble doing so. I keep getting messages saying I need permission from either trustedinstaller or system. I've tried to change the permissions by going to properties>security but I get an "Error Applying Security" access denied message every time. This also happens to me in safe mode as well. How do I get around this? Please help me out as detailed as possible! Thanks!

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05 May 2011   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

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05 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Might try the command prompt at boot method.

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05 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

You can also try the safe mode.

If nothing helps, you can always boot from a LiveCD (any Linux will certainly work, DOS maybe, but I haven't tried that myself) and delete the folder.
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05 May 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

The built in program (disk cleanup) usually does the trick. Make sure after it has scanned, that you have the item ticked for deletion.
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