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Windows 7: Unable to delete old user folder


25 Dec 2011   #1

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Unable to delete old user folder

Hi expert, I recently reinstall windows for some reason. After complete reinstallation there are old user folder left in C:\users\old folder and I can't delete this folder. Please help since they are taking up a lot of disk space.

Thank you.

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25 Dec 2011   #2

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

If I'm understanding correctly this tutorial should do it. Option One should work.> Windows.old Folder - Delete
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25 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hopalong X View Post
If I'm understanding correctly this tutorial should do it. Option One should work.> Windows.old Folder - Delete
Well, I've succesful deleted windows.old using disk clean up but I now I want to delete this old folder in C:\users\old folder\ that I cannot use the same method. Ok, below is the attachment that display when I try to delete this folder.

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Unable to delete old user folder-screenhunter_03-dec.-25-22.17.gif   Unable to delete old user folder-screenhunter_02-dec.-25-22.16.gif  
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25 Dec 2011   #4

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One more attachment


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Unable to delete old user folder-screenhunter_03-dec.-26-00.21.gif  
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25 Dec 2011   #5

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

maybe the Take Ownership Shortcut would allow you to delete it
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25 Dec 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Komputer Rosak,

Looking at the paths in the address bar of your screenshots, these are not user accounts in your C:\Windows.old folder, but are the actual user accounts created in your current installation. You will not be able to delete the user profile folder unless you are not currently logged in that user account, and you have already deleted the user account in User Accounts (Control Panel) first.
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25 Dec 2011   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Komputer Rosak,

Looking at the paths in the address bar of your screenshots, these are not user accounts in your C:\Windows.old folder, but are the actual user accounts created in your current installation. You will not be able to delete the user profile folder unless you are not currently logged in that user account, and you have already deleted the user account in User Accounts (Control Panel) first.
You're right, I cannot remove this user profile in control panel because it's not exist anymore. This is user profile for previous windows installation. So, what is the easiest way to delete this folder? It's take about 2gb disk space and I don't like it..
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25 Dec 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

If the user account is not listed in Manage another account in User Accounts, then see if you may be able to open the C:\Users\awe folder, allow permission if prompted, then try to delete the folder.

If you are still unable to delete it, then see if you may be able to delete the folder from a command prompt at boot.

Folder - Delete from Command Prompt
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25 Dec 2011   #9

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

Yes, I can delete all folder inC:\Users\awe except AppData folder, it won't go off even I use elevated command prompt as you suggest...
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25 Dec 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

How about with using a command prompt at boot from step 2 at that link?
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