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Windows 7: Can't delete windows.old folder

05 Aug 2009   #11
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Valencia, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.


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01 Oct 2009   #12
Vampire

Windows 7
 
 

Hello Brink, thank you for Disc Cleanup tip.
I decided to join this forum because of it.
Good work
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01 Oct 2009   #13
Snufffed

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Timo View Post
I've upgraded to windows 7 RC from the beta and it created a windows.old folder. I've deleted all the files inside the folder that i was able to delete, but couldn't delete the windows and program files folder in there->not able to delete the windows.old folder.
When I try to delete the windows.old folder I get a message "You require permission from administrators to make changes to this file".
I'm an admin and only user on my system and already given myself all possible rights and ownership of the folder.

How can I delete this folder?
open my computer
open C:\ via properties
open clean
open advanced
click remove -
click OK
click ok
-this will clean your HDD or all old windows versions. hint windows.old
then everything else you click OK, it includes all older RESTORE point also, and leave the latest GOOD Restore points.
PS: This is the RECOMMENED WAY by MS.... No fuss No mess just do it.
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30 Oct 2009   #14
WillSkiies

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
windows.old folder not deleting

its a minor issue realy but i want that stupid folder gone .
i did the disc clean up and the files are gone but when i try to delete the folder it says could not find this item

i open disc clean up and i tick delete previous versions of windows ( 8kb)

it still remains

mmmm
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30 Oct 2009   #15
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WillSkiies View Post
its a minor issue realy but i want that stupid folder gone .
i did the disc clean up and the files are gone but when i try to delete the folder it says could not find this item

i open disc clean up and i tick delete previous versions of windows ( 8kb)

it still remains

mmmm
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Right click the folder>properties>security> who is the owner? You may need to take ownership to delete the folder. Instruciton on how to are here Take Ownership Shortcut

Hope this helps and let us know if you need help

Ken
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30 Oct 2009   #16
WillSkiies

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

didn t work

but thx anyway

i think the take ownership registry will come in handy , im going to just leave it

thx anyway
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31 Oct 2009   #17
Snufffed

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WillSkiies View Post
its a minor issue realy but i want that stupid folder gone .
i did the disc clean up and the files are gone but when i try to delete the folder it says could not find this item

i open disc clean up and i tick delete previous versions of windows ( 8kb)

it still remains

mmmm
W

Right click the folder>properties>security> who is the owner? You may need to take ownership to delete the folder. Instruciton on how to are here Take Ownership Shortcut

Hope this helps and let us know if you need help

Ken
Actually Win 7 will do this for you..
1. Go to Desktop
2. open my computer
3. move to C:
4. right click properties
5. click clean up
6. More options
7. plz read it states if you have any old windows files it will remove them.
click clean up


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31 Oct 2009   #18
win7noob

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

try this....
go to command line
rd /s /q windows.old
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31 Oct 2009   #19
WillSkiies

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
windows.old

ive tried the command link , the disc cleanup , taking ownership .





no biggy altho im a clean freak when it comes to my comp i dont want any junk on it lol


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31 Oct 2009   #20
WillSkiies

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Different Command Line

ive tried a different command and it works

to bad i deleted history and forgot the command

ah well


SF ftw !
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