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Windows 7: Windows.old Folder - Delete

30 Aug 2010   #40
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello ElJefe, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Take ownership and "Allow" your user account "Full Control" of the C:\Windows.old folder to see if you may be able to delete it afterwards.

Hope this helps,
Shawn


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30 Aug 2010   #41
ElJefe

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

I tried taking ownership of it and nothing. Then I tried removing the read-only checkmark and a weird message came up. I've also tried renaming it, moving it, cmd removing it, Tune-up Shredder-ing it, using disk cleanup. Nothing has worked.


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30 Aug 2010   #42
fabricius

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Lmao, beat this people. 170GB left in windows.old.

I think I have the record, haha?
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30 Aug 2010   #43
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ElJefe View Post
I tried taking ownership of it and nothing. Then I tried removing the read-only checkmark and a weird message came up. I've also tried renaming it, moving it, cmd removing it, Tune-up Shredder-ing it, using disk cleanup. Nothing has worked.
ElJefe,

See if you may be able to delete the C:\Windows.old folder from a command prompt at boot.

Folder - Delete from Command Prompt

You can use this command below:

RD /S /Q "C:\Windows.old"
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30 Aug 2010   #44
Model101

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 w/SP1
 
 

Great post, thanks!

I just got 44GB back!

@fabricius - I think you do have the record lol
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30 Aug 2010   #45
ElJefe

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Deleting from command prompt at boot worked. Thanks very much Brink
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30 Aug 2010   #46
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome ElJefe. I'm happy to hear that you got it deleted.
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31 Aug 2010   #47
Mike89

Windows 7 Pro, x64
 
 

Just use Unlocker 1.9.0. Does the trick.
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31 Aug 2010   #48
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike89 View Post
Just use Unlocker 1.9.0. Does the trick.
That's cheating. Way too easy.
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24 Oct 2010   #49
ARKphoenix

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Outstanding, really nice tutorial it helped me out alot.

I'd re-installed Windows twice this year and i've been stuck with these Windows.old folders with no idea how to shift them. Thanks to this tut its now possible and has left me with 135gb of free space.

Thanks!
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