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Windows 7: Can't delete windows.old folder

02 Apr 2013   #31
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

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09 Aug 2016   #32
bachware

Tower: 7 Pro; Laptop: Win 7x64/Win10x64 multiboot
 
 

In my case, I got a slew of errors like this:

windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\Dot4.sys - Access is denied.
windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\Dot4Prt.sys - Access is denied.
windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\Dot4usb.sys - Access is denied.
windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\DRIVER~1\FILERE~1\DOT4~2.INF\x64\Dot4.sys - Access is denied.
windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\DRIVER~1\FILERE~1\DOT4~2.INF\x64\Dot4usb.sys - Access is denied.
windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\DRIVER~1\FILERE~1\DOT4PR~2.INF\x64\Dot4Prt.sys - Access is denied.

Turned out that my DOT4 printer was on, and though the WINDOWS.OLD file's driver set shouldn't've been in use, when I turned it off, then the deletion of WINDOWS.OLD was instant.
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06 May 2017   #33
shnako

Windows 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bachware View Post
In my case, I got a slew of errors like this:

windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\Dot4.sys - Access is denied.
windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\Dot4Prt.sys - Access is denied.
windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\Dot4usb.sys - Access is denied.
windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\DRIVER~1\FILERE~1\DOT4~2.INF\x64\Dot4.sys - Access is denied.
windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\DRIVER~1\FILERE~1\DOT4~2.INF\x64\Dot4usb.sys - Access is denied.
windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\DRIVER~1\FILERE~1\DOT4PR~2.INF\x64\Dot4Prt.sys - Access is denied.

Turned out that my DOT4 printer was on, and though the WINDOWS.OLD file's driver set shouldn't've been in use, when I turned it off, then the deletion of WINDOWS.OLD was instant.
Thanks so much! My HP wireless printer was always on and preventing me from deleting it. Would have never thought of this ...
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