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Windows 7: Can not remove Windows.old

26 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 64x
 
 
Can not remove Windows.old

Hello

After I did my clean install and all that I have tried to remove the windows.old folder but it says that it's no longer found there, yet it still shows up on my C drive.

I did remove some stuff out of it ok, but the windows and user folders are still there or at least show up as being there anyway (in the windows.old folder).

Any ideas?

Thanks

Mat

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26 Oct 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Hi Matt, welcome to the forums..

Did you manually delete windows.old or did you use the disk cleanup method..
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26 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Take ownership of Windows.old

Take Ownership Shortcut

...then try and delete it
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26 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Try this tutorial. Windows.old Folder - Delete
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26 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 64x
 
 

Thanks guys that's it fixed now. Or at least part of it. the 11GB windows file is gone but as you can see in the screen shot it will not let me remove the user file with these two files.

At first i did remove some programs and stuff my self and just now I went though the disk clean up method.

Thanks

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26 Oct 2009   #6

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mats effect View Post
Hello

After I did my clean install and all that I have tried to remove the windows.old folder but it says that it's no longer found there, yet it still shows up on my C drive.

I did remove some stuff out of it ok, but the windows and user folders are still there or at least show up as being there anyway (in the windows.old folder).

Any ideas?

Thanks

Mat
Hi mat

All yoou need to do is to run the disk cleanup wizard and its gone

Ken
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26 Oct 2009   #7

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Take ownership of the files and then delete them... see Brinks tutorial -=> here
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26 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64(desktop), Windows 7 Professional x86(laptop)
 
 

Run Disk Cleanup, as several others have suggested, it removed my 40GB windows.old in about 5 minutes
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26 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Does it matter? I've got two Windows.old folders.
I've been in both taken what I wanted and deleted the rest and I'm under ten gig for both.
They're not doing any harm are they?
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26 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnwillyums View Post
Does it matter? I've got two Windows.old folders.
I've been in both taken what I wanted and deleted the rest and I'm under ten gig for both.
They're not doing any harm are they?
It isn't possible to have two folders with the same name unless there are data integrity issues on the hard drive.
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