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Windows 7: Help deleting an Old Copy of Win7


20 Feb 2011   #1

Win 7 RC
 
 
Help deleting an Old Copy of Win7

I need help deleting a copy of Windows 7 Professional from what is now my E Drive. When I try and delete that copy, it tells me I need to be to be an administrator and will not proceed.
  • I upgraded my son's system from an IDE drive to an Intel SSD. I unhooked the old IDE and did a fresh install of Win 7 Home Premium, with updates, on the SSD with no issues.
  • I then plugged in the old drive, deleted the Windows.Old and then tried to delete the Windows directory with no luck (Windows 7 Professional).
  • I went into command prompt and set the properties to administrator with no luck.
  • I used explorer, went into the folder and again set the properties to administrator with no luck.
  • I then set the "User" as administrator an gave full control to the "User" with no luck.
I'm out of ideas folks. I know there must be something super easy I'm missing but for the life of me I don't know what it could be. Can anyone instruct me on how to get rid of this folder? TIA.



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20 Feb 2011   #3
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If you unplugged the IDE drive during install you should have no boot issues. Make sure it is not marked System or Active in Disk Mgmt.

Backup your files and wipe the IDE HD then create and format new NTFS partition(s): Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
Partition or Volume - Create New

If you don't want to wipe the HD for some reason, bring the disk and then partition into focus with Diskpart to run Delete Partition Override command.

If you can't move the data off, take ownership of the Windows folder then try to delete it: Take Ownership Shortcut
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20 Feb 2011   #4

Win 7 RC
 
 

Pics added to original post. I can add more (or the right ones) if needed.

I did try Take Owenership and it successfully changed the permissions, but it still will not allow me to delete the folder with the Windows 7 files. I think I'll just move what I want and reformat.
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20 Feb 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Best to wipe the HD of all code if you're going to the trouble, since formatting erases nothing.

If you only want to format, you'll have to use Diskpart first anyway to Delete Partition Override.
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20 Feb 2011   #6

Win 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Best to wipe the HD of all code if you're going to the trouble, since formatting erases nothing.

If you only want to format, you'll have to use Diskpart first anyway to Delete Partition Override.
Thanks - I think I'll just wipe the drive.
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20 Feb 2011   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you unplugged the IDE drive during install you should have no boot issues. Make sure it is not marked System or Active in Disk Mgmt.

Backup your files and wipe the IDE HD then create and format new NTFS partition(s): Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
Partition or Volume - Create New

If you don't want to wipe the HD for some reason, bring the disk and then partition into focus with Diskpart to run Delete Partition Override command.

If you can't move the data off, take ownership of the Windows folder then try to delete it: Take Ownership Shortcut
Did you read Greg's post?

EDIT: look's like YES. follow Greg's post.
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21 Feb 2011   #8

Win 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you unplugged the IDE drive during install you should have no boot issues. Make sure it is not marked System or Active in Disk Mgmt.

Backup your files and wipe the IDE HD then create and format new NTFS partition(s): Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
Partition or Volume - Create New

If you don't want to wipe the HD for some reason, bring the disk and then partition into focus with Diskpart to run Delete Partition Override command.

If you can't move the data off, take ownership of the Windows folder then try to delete it: Take Ownership Shortcut
Did you read Greg's post?

EDIT: look's like YES. follow Greg's post.
Yes - I did follow Greg's post and now is all well in the Universe - thanks for the advice and help!
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28 Jul 2014   #9

vista 64 Win7
 
 
Rename windows file

Rename old win file to Windows.old and do a disk clean up.
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28 Jul 2014   #10

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

David, this is a 5 month old, already solved post.
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