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Windows 7: Windows.old Folder - Delete

09 Mar 2017   #100
Struggling7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 

Thanks Brink for welcome. You’ve also given me some advice on Vista forum, before my recent change to 7.

Just ran “Disk Cleanup” again after posting this morning. Watched it collecting system data for over Ĺ hr. and let continue without monitoring, checked 2 hours later and computer was asleep (no HDD activity from indicator light and lighted power button changed from green to amber). Moved mouse to wake and “Disk Cleanup” window showed still checking for system data. If IRC same thing happened with option 2, cmd prompt within win7. Option 3 (boot) didn’t put computer to sleep but after displaying several lines of data, it just stopped with curser blinking as though still collecting data but didn’t proceed any further until I canceled cmd prompt with control/C. Even “take ownership” seems to hang when checking on large data folders.

Thanks for your help in advance and the help this thread has given others.

Edit: By the way normal computer functions give no problems.

Edit 2: Further information, just ran “take ownership” on windows.old folder. After ~ 80 lines of ownership assignment (stopped assigning), waited ~ 35 min. without any advancement before canceling.


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09 Mar 2017   #101
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

It is odd that it even does this while trying to delete the folder from a command prompt at boot.
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09 Mar 2017   #102
Struggling7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
It is odd that it even does this while trying to delete the folder from a command prompt at boot.
LOL, Just my luck to have a weird problem. I did add couple edits to previous post. Thinking maybe corrupt file? Maybe run file check and repair? What you think?
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09 Mar 2017   #103
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You might see if the free program Unlocker may be able to delete it for you.
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09 Mar 2017   #104
Struggling7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You might see if the free program Unlocker may be able to delete it for you.
Thanks, will try that and let you know outcome later.
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09 Mar 2017   #105
Struggling7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You might see if the free program Unlocker may be able to delete it for you.
THANK YOU! The unlocker program did the job; because of site confusion downloading I used this unlocker program IObit Unlocker, Solution for "undelete files or folders" Problems on Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, 10 - IObit which cleared all folders/files except for main folder windows.old and user folder within even though both empty (0 bytes). The main goal was accomplished, almost 20 GB gained. You’re indispensable to novice like me for sure (added to your Reputation). Thank you again.
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09 Mar 2017   #106
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi Struggling,
Although NOT recommended,
the file could be removed directly via C > windows > windows.old.
note because of admin rights you may have to remove the files within the folder its-self. (bottom-up)

Roy
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09 Mar 2017   #107
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm glad it could help.
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09 Mar 2017   #108
Struggling7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torchwood View Post
Hi Struggling,
Although NOT recommended,
the file could be removed directly via C > windows > windows.old.
note because of admin rights you may have to remove the files within the folder its-self. (bottom-up)

Roy
Hey torchwood,
All files have already been removed with unlock program (0 bytes in windows.old). However tried the C > windows > windows.old approach after restore point created, but it also failed to remove folder. Iím not really concerned about useless folder since basically no/little drive space is consumed by it. Thanks for your suggestion though.
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