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Deleting Windows Old Folder


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#1 Hawkeye4

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 06:11 PM

I've heard you can just delete the Windows Old folder, but when I try in Windows Explorer, won't put it in the recycle bin and still shows up on the machine.

What am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 07:55 PM

Do you mean Windows.old folder on the root of your system partition like C:\windows.old ?

If yes, then follow these :

- Click on Start Menu orb, type cmd.exe. When you see cmd.exe appear in the search list, right-click on it and select Run as administrator
- In the command prompt, type cleanmgr /sageset:100
- You would see Disk Cleanup Settings window. Scroll down and select Previous Windows Installations. Click OK
- Back in command prompt, type cleanmgr /sagerun:100

Edited by Romeo29, 22 August 2010 - 08:02 PM.


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Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:08 PM

Still didn't get rid of everything, but most of it. Thought this was supposed to be easy?

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:36 PM

Follow instructions on this page : http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows...dows-old-folder

If you cannot get rid of it all, then open the command prompt (like in the previous post - with administrator access). Give the following commands pressing Enter key after each line :
takeown /F C:\Windows.old\* /R /A
cacls C:\Windows.old\*.* /T /grant administrators:F
rmdir /S /Q C:\Windows.old
Replace C:\Windows.old with your full path of Windows.old folder.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 10:47 PM

Follow instructions on this page : http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows...dows-old-folder

If you cannot get rid of it all, then open the command prompt (like in the previous post - with administrator access). Give the following commands pressing Enter key after each line :

takeown /F C:\Windows.old\* /R /A
cacls C:\Windows.old\*.* /T /grant administrators:F
rmdir /S /Q C:\Windows.old
Replace C:\Windows.old with your full path of Windows.old folder.


Did the code, and it's finally gone. Thanks Romeo!

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 01:09 PM

You're welcome :huh:




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