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Windows 7: How to delete the "Windows" folder from external disk?

21 Jan 2012   #1
vitoco

Windows 7 Enterprise 32bit
 
 
How to delete the "Windows" folder from external disk?

I took the 500GB disk from my dead notebook and decided to keep old data within it as an external storage in a USB case.

The drive was bootable as Win7 pro x64, but now I want to remove all system folders from it, keeping all backups and private data untouched, but I need special rights for most of the folders/files inside Windows folder: it requests for TrustedInstaller privileges.

I'm using a Win7 enterprise 32bit, logged in as a AD domain user that is also on local Administrators group. I tried taking ownership, but it failed.

How can I remove those unused system folders?

Thank you in advance.


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21 Jan 2012   #2
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Reboot into "recovery environment" and enter "command prompt".
find the right driveletter:
DIR C:\
DIR D:\
etc

RMDIR /S X:\Windows
replace X with right driveletter
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