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Windows 7: I couldn't delete Windows.old folder.

17 Oct 2011   #11
s7ven

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by finamd View Post
what you have done is the just the quick fix solution to getting rid of your problem.

However if you premanantly want to remove the specific drive allocated for the particular OS, then you will need to format the drive and to make it available to your current OS, you will need to consolidate the free available space after format.

Please right click on your My Computer a[IMG]http://www.**********/g.php[/IMG]nd click on "Manage", go to "Storage" and then choose "Disk Management(LOCAL)". Choose the drive and click format.

You could also do this during start up.
i don't want to that, i have just reformatted my laptop. and i used to do that all the time. i think most people here usually do that after they reformat their laptop/computer. they use disk clean up to get rid of the windows.old folder.


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17 Oct 2011   #12
s7ven

Windows s7ven
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Have you looked at the other two options in that link? Option 3?

Quote:
NOTE: This would be a good option to do if OPTION ONE or OPTION TWO was unable to delete your C:\Windows.old folder.

would love to try option 3 but it's already 5 am, i have to sleep now ey? will get back to you guys later,, thanks.
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17 Oct 2011   #13
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by finamd View Post
what you have done is the just the quick fix solution to getting rid of your problem.

However if you premanantly want to remove the specific drive allocated for the particular OS, then you will need to format the drive and to make it available to your current OS, you will need to consolidate the free available space after format.

Please right click on your My Computer a[IMG]http://www.**********/g.php[/IMG]nd click on "Manage", go to "Storage" and then choose "Disk Management(LOCAL)". Choose the drive and click format.

You could also do this during start up.
Huh?

He's looking to delete a folder, not delete/wipe a drive - I couldn't delete Windows.old folder.
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20 Oct 2012   #14
Monolithic

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 & Windows 8 Pro RTM
 
 

I know this thread is old but it was never answered and I had this same problem and a search led me here.

I just wanted to add the fix for anyone else that lands here looking for help.

If you cannot delete the Windows.old because Windows is telling you it is no longer there. Navigate your way into the folder till the end.

Right click a blank space in the last folder and click create new text file..

Name it whatever you want and save it.

Navigate back to C:/ drive and attempt to delete Windows.old again, after you have taken ownership of course.

Since you added a file inside it it should delete. At least it did for me.
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20 Oct 2012   #15
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by s7ven View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Have you looked at the other two options in that link? Option 3?

Quote:
NOTE: This would be a good option to do if OPTION ONE or OPTION TWO was unable to delete your C:\Windows.old folder.

would love to try option 3 but it's already 5 am, i have to sleep now ey? will get back to you guys later,, thanks.
This option has always worked for me;

I couldn't delete Windows.old folder.-remove-file-folder.jpg

HTH


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20 Oct 2012   #16
Monolithic

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 & Windows 8 Pro RTM
 
 

I tried that and it says "File doesnt exist"

Adding a file then deleting entire folder works if it keeps telling you the folder doesnt exist anymore but is still there in C:/
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20 Oct 2012   #17
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Monolithic View Post
I tried that and it says "File doesnt exist"

Adding a file then deleting entire folder works if it keeps telling you the folder doesnt exist anymore but is still there in C:/
I use a utility program for locating files from Mythicsoft called Agent Ransack. It's been awhile, but I seem to remember a time when I was having a similar problem and used Agent Ransack to locate the file. I then noted the location and used my previous suggestion to remove it.

If you are interested in trying Agent Ransack, which is free, you can download it from;

Agent Ransack - Free File Searching Utility
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