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#1 n3m37h

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Posted 17 September 2015 - 11:21 AM

First off I just figured this out while doing other stuff within windows 10 and did not create anything
Download and run this registry file (as admin).  It enables "Take ownership" of files from the right click menu
Go to your main drive, right click the windows.old folder and  take ownership of it (takes quite some time even on an SSD)

Enjoy the extra 15+gb more room


Where I found this ----> HERE



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Posted 17 September 2015 - 11:34 AM

You can delete the windows.old folder using the Windows Disk Cleanup (cleanmgr.exe), easier if you ask me.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows7/how-do-i-remove-the-windows-old-folder

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Posted 17 September 2015 - 12:03 PM


Warning! Please read this first.
Removing the Windows.old folder after the Window 10 Upgrade will prevent Uninstalling Windows 10 and reverting to the previous Windows 7/8.1

 

How to Uninstall Windows 10 and Downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1

 


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Posted 17 September 2015 - 12:19 PM

Touche, Your arguement against W10 is strong ;)
I do belive W10 deletes the folder within a month anyways



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Posted 17 September 2015 - 12:23 PM

I had a storage HDD that wasn't letting me do anything on it but view it  Happened after the install of W10
Used this and presto works again

 

You can delete the windows.old folder using the Windows Disk Cleanup (cleanmgr.exe), easier if you ask me.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows7/how-do-i-remove-the-windows-old-folder



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Posted 17 September 2015 - 12:24 PM

You can use Disk Cleanup on that drive as well.

I do belive W10 deletes the folder within a month anyways


And yes it does. Some people even report that the windows.old folder gets deleted after 28 days, not 30.

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