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Windows 7: Can't Remove Windows.old folder.

29 Sep 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Can't Remove Windows.old folder.


I'm not 100% sure that this is the right place to post this but I guess it's a problem involving the OS software.

I can't remove my two windows.old folders. Even though everything inside the folder is deleted.
I've tried doing it through the cmd prompt but it still doesn't want to dissapear. Anyone knows how to remove it?

Thanks in Advance,

My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Sep 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64


Please see this tutorial.

Windows.old Folder - Delete
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Sep 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thank you

Sadly, nothing of that worked. I've also tried the 2nd option in that tutorial before (also tried it again just now). It says that the file cannot be found, even in the booted CMD prompt.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

30 Sep 2014   #4


Possibly corruption since you didn't do a Clean Install if you have a windows.old folder. An install should always be from a booted installer deleting all partitions to create new. This clears the partition table which can provide interference later in some cases.

Look over these same steps that assure a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

If you can't delete windows.old with CCleaner and after Take Ownership Shortcut then I'd check System files to see what else may be corrupt: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Oct 2014   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Isn't take ownership basicly like "Run as admin"? Well i did the SFC and all is okey according to the scan.
Do you think I should reformat my computer again but follow the steps in the clean reinstall guide?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Oct 2014   #6


No, Take Ownership actually takes ownership of the files so that you can do what you want with them.

If you have less than the install compiled in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 then you can certainly benefit from following those steps and then sticking only with the tools and methods given there. You will have the best install of Win7 one can possibly have.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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