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Windows 7: Windows.old - cannot delete

20 Jan 2010   #1

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Windows.old - cannot delete

I just updated to Win 7 (Pro) from Vista (Business)

It took a couple of goes, as I neglected to uninstall Kaspersky during the first pass.

Now I have 'Windows.old' directory under C: which I am unable to delete (dated and time-stamped at about the time as my first attempt).

When I try to delete it, it complains that 'this item is no longer under C: '

How can I delete this entry from the C: directory listing? (If it really does not exist any more, why is it showing up as a directory?)

PS I have seen the tutorial here:
Windows.old Folder - Delete

it does not work for me.


My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

Try the Disk Cleanup utility. It can remove windows.old, if it's still present.

(Quick way to get to it: enter "disk" in "Search programs and files".)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2010   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1

Welcome occam54, Have a look at this thread and see if that solves your problem.
how to delete windows old?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 Jan 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Occam, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if you can delete the C:\Windows.old folder from a elevated command prompt instead then.

Folder - Delete from Command Prompt

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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