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Windows 7: Can't delete windows.old folder

02 Apr 2013   #31
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09 Aug 2016   #32

Tower: 7 Pro; Laptop: Win 7x64/Win10x64 multiboot

In my case, I got a slew of errors like this:

windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\Dot4.sys - Access is denied.
windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\Dot4Prt.sys - Access is denied.
windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\Dot4usb.sys - Access is denied.
windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\DRIVER~1\FILERE~1\DOT4~2.INF\x64\Dot4.sys - Access is denied.
windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\DRIVER~1\FILERE~1\DOT4~2.INF\x64\Dot4usb.sys - Access is denied.
windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\DRIVER~1\FILERE~1\DOT4PR~2.INF\x64\Dot4Prt.sys - Access is denied.

Turned out that my DOT4 printer was on, and though the WINDOWS.OLD file's driver set shouldn't've been in use, when I turned it off, then the deletion of WINDOWS.OLD was instant.
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