Posted 14 September 2010 - 01:05 PM
I read your post above mine.
The files you mentioned in relation to old windows, is probably actually called WINDOWS.OLD
If this is the case, this would be the folder saved when you upgraded Windows XP to Windows Vista.
In some cases when you install a newer version of Windows it offers to save the original installation of your WINDOWS folder as Windows.OLD, then it creates a new folder called Windows.
It is the folder C:\Windows that Vista was installed in, the Windows.old folder is where Windows XP was installed in.
I want to emphasize you can not boot to that Windows.old folder, but you can still access it and move files from it.
Other than that, that folder is useless if there is nothing in it that you want to save.
As far as deleting the Windows.old folder, Windows Vista has newer security features Windows XP did not have, such as the UAC (User Account Control) you have to right click the folder and choose PROPERTIES then SECURITY on this tab you can change the permissions allowed for this folder.
Using the Sharing option in the main menu you get when right clicking the Windows.old folder is NOT the correct way to gain access to the folder to delete it.
Use the Security tab instead, also you have to be logged into the Administrator account to succeed with this, you can access the control panel and choose user accounts to see if your account is the administrator account.
I realize you said you used the share with option in the right click menu of the drives, you can correct this by going back there and setting default, this will undo what you originally did.
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