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Windows 7: Deleting old win folder

24 Feb 2013   #1
Red Raspberry

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Deleting old win folder

I have a folder from when I first installed Win 7 that contains my old windows. It a over 13 GB and I want to remove it as it's been sitting around for 4 years now.

When I try to remove it I get the error message I do not have permission. I am the administrator and allowed all but special permissions on the drive. When I try to change the read only attributes I get the message I need permsisson for the "Trusted Installer".

Everything I've tried says access denied. Even in the command prompt using the suggested prompt RD /S /Q "D:\old win"

So how do I get rid of this folder?


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24 Feb 2013   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

Hello Red,

If you mean the C:\Windows.old folder, then the tutorial below can help show you how to delete it.

Windows.old Folder - Delete

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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24 Feb 2013   #3
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

you may want to copy any data that is in your users folder in the windows old folder before trying the steps in this tutorial...

Windows.old Folder - Delete

edit: that was quick shawn, if your not fast your last!!
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24 Feb 2013   #4
Red Raspberry

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

It is on another drive. H:\old win is the name. When I chose to delete system restore and shadow copies under disc cleanup it ask twice if I want to delete the files and I choose yes but it does not delete the folder.

I was able to rename the folder but it still is read only and I cannot delete any of it.
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24 Feb 2013   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

In that case, you might see if the free program Unlocker may be able to delete it.
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24 Feb 2013   #6
Red Raspberry

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

After renaming it oldwin I went back to the command prompt screen and tried this

takeown /F H:\oldwin\* /R /A

This allowed me to take ownership as but still can't delete it.

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24 Apr 2013   #7
Red Raspberry

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I finally got rid of the folder. I had to give myself ownership under the security> advanced> ect> tab and also give myself full permissions also under that tab.
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24 Apr 2013   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

Great news Red. Thank you for posting back with your results.
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