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Windows 7: Can't delete windows.old folder

16 Jul 2009   #1

Windows 7
Can't delete windows.old folder

I've upgraded to windows 7 RC from the beta and it created a windows.old folder. I've deleted all the files inside the folder that i was able to delete, but couldn't delete the windows and program files folder in there->not able to delete the windows.old folder.
When I try to delete the windows.old folder I get a message "You require permission from administrators to make changes to this file".
I'm an admin and only user on my system and already given myself all possible rights and ownership of the folder.

How can I delete this folder?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

16 Jul 2009   #2

Windows 7

Issue still not solved.

Checked the checkbox saying "also change ownership of subfolders".

Still require permission. Changed owner to my current account. Now it says that I need permission from that account. The account I'm using to delete the files.

Help please?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jul 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Build 7600

taking ownership doesn't work? or deleting from safe mode? however I always do FORMAT now b4 install, this is the best way to get rid of this f**kin' .OLD folders lol

and yeah search for Unlocker 1.8.7 software m/b it will help?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

16 Jul 2009   #4

Windows 7

Gonna try safe mode now.

Well the old folder was usefull for somegiles I didn;t wnat to lose xD But after transfering it became very annoying....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jul 2009   #5

XP multi boot with Windows 7 RC

Download ERD or Hirens or BartPE or really any bootable CD/DVD (even use Vista or Windows 7 disc) so the OS isn't loading therefore permissions not loading.

Delete folders from a command prompt or A43 from Barts or My computer from ERD (do NOT log onto the installation) ...YOU GET THE PICTURE??

Post back here if it is still giving you the irits
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jul 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Timo, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The tutorial below can help show you how to use the command prompt or Disk Cleanup to delete the Windows.old folder.

Windows.old Folder - Delete

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jul 2009   #7

Windows 7

Safe mode didn't work
Unlocker didn't work
No idea what wizard 7 means xD
Disk cleanup worked, thanks Shawn!

Issue solved
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jul 2009   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

You're welcome Timo.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jul 2009   #9

vista x64/ win 7 x64

What the problem is with windows.old is that if you take ownership the rights don't propagate downwards pretty well.

The simplest way is ( with all stubborn files/folders):
Take ownership as Everyone
go to the permissions tab, remove ALL permissions and only add Everyone.
give Everyone all rights and off you go.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Aug 2009   #10

Windows 7 RC

Disk Cleanup worked for me, I gained back 72gb of space. Thank you, thank you!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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