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Windows 7: how to delete windows old?

11 Jan 2010   #1

how to delete windows old?

hello i have gone from vista to windows 7 64 bit and now i have got windows old files and i cannot get rid of them,i have tried disk cleanup but cannot see the files,does anyone know how i can delete them please?
thank you.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64

Try taking ownership of the folder.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2010   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Type cleanmgr /sageset:1 in start search.

It's safe to select all the boxes ( except setup log files) Click Ok .

Rt click the desktop - select new shortcut.

Type cleanmgr /sagerun:1

Click Next, click Finish.

Run the shortcut anytime to clean up.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

11 Jan 2010   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install

Click on computer Icon...right click c drive clean up Make sure you check clean system file. Do it 3 times or so. Files are large and it took me 2 tries to clean it all. The clean up should be part of your regular maintenance, anyway.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

There is a tutorial here: Windows.old Folder - Delete

Sometimes the contents of Windows.old will be gone, but the folder and some subfolders are still there and undeleteable, because it "Cannot be found".
If this is the case, try the following:

- Open an elevated Command Prompt
- Paste this command: rd /s /q c:\windows.old
- Hit Enter
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2010   #6


thank you i found a program which takes ownership and i then deleted windows.old
surely i can be administrator all the time so i can do anything ?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64

Unfortunately not. Glad you got is solved, though.
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