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Windows 7: Windows.old refuses to delete

09 May 2013   #1
IyoGata

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Windows.old refuses to delete

I don't know where this belongs, since I signed up just to post this problem, really.

Most methods I try result in failure to delete this folder. Manually recycling says I need permission, and when I allow it permission, the process hangs up. When I attempt to use Lock Hunter, it tells me "Cannot delete this file!" Disk Cleanup hangs up on "Scanning Previous Windows Installations" if I put Windows.old in the C:/ drive. If I take it out, it doesn't show the option to remove previous windows installations. I've given ownership to myself and everything mentioned above still happens.
I can't operate the system, since my computer BSOD's after about five minutes of searching the internet with it, which was the main reason I clean installed it anyways.

I am running on an Asus x54l with Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.


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09 May 2013   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You did not choose to do a custom install and you did not format your installation partition when you installed windows to it. I would re install windows and make sure you choose custom and format your C partition.

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09 May 2013   #3
IyoGata

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I did preform a custom install
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09 May 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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09 May 2013   #5
IyoGata

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I've yet to try the elevated command prompt. I'll try to do it when I get back to the computer.
The main reason I haven't tried that is because I don't know how to specify where the folder is in cmd if it's in the desktop
I'll update with the results
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09 May 2013   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

But did you format the install partition ?
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09 May 2013   #7
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You would move the windows.old back to the root of C:\, You can right click it, Properties/Restore default Location, or manually move it.
For the BSOD issues per this: Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

Update your specs first.
To better help us to help you would you please add your systems specs? Here's the correct way to do it. :SystemInfo See Your System Specs Under System Manufacturer/Model Number add whether it is a desktop or laptop and whether self built. Very important

Log in to Seven Forums and you will be able to transfer the info directly to the specs page in your profile from within the System Info app.

After doing this your specs will be available in each of your posts.
Click on My system Specs in the lower left of this post to see how it should look.
Full instructions are in the tutorial.
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09 May 2013   #8
IyoGata

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
You would move the windows.old back to the root of C:\, You can right click it, Properties/Restore default Location, or manually move it.
For the BSOD issues per this: Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

Update your specs first.
To better help us to help you would you please add your systems specs? Here's the correct way to do it. :SystemInfo See Your System Specs Under System Manufacturer/Model Number add whether it is a desktop or laptop and whether self built. Very important

Log in to Seven Forums and you will be able to transfer the info directly to the specs page in your profile from within the System Info app.

After doing this your specs will be available in each of your posts.
Click on My system Specs in the lower left of this post to see how it should look.
Full instructions are in the tutorial.
I can't launch the spec program because I don't have net framework. Is there another way to find the specs?

Update: I cannot delete windows.old because of multiple errors during the command prompt: Access is denied, directory is not empty, file is being used by another program
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09 May 2013   #9
IyoGata

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I don't know how it happened, but Disk Cleanup seems to work now. If it finishes I'll say so.
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09 May 2013   #10
IyoGata

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I might be being impatient here, but Disk Cleanup seems to hang up while cleaning the previous windows installations
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