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#1 badtoad

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 07:36 AM

Some files in Windows.Old are still being used.If I delete it destroys necessary files.Is there any way to fix this without breaking Windows 10? I have read posts on this topic,but cannot find how to correct it.



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 07:56 AM

How do you know files in Windows.old are being used? That backup file should be for restoration purposes only.



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 08:17 AM

When I deleted it I could not boot.Also some of the files dates are current or close to it.Glad I have backups for things like this.Read somewhere you can move folders.but not sure about this.



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 08:26 AM

As I said above, Windows.old files should not be in use. Nor should it in any way effect your ability to boot. May I suggest you try deleting through Disk Cleanup and see what happens? As long as you have a backup you should be fine.

 

Right-click on C: drive in Explorer - Properties Tab - Disk Cleanup Button - Cleanup System Files Button - select whatever files you want to delete and run the operation (no harm in selecting everything you see there).



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 08:36 AM

None files in Windows.old folder is not in use, and they all can be erased/deleted/wiped.
Also, you can delete the folder $WINDOWS.~BT (NB! it is hidden), it is only used during the preparation of installation.
Before the next installation will be made new folder.


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Posted 29 March 2017 - 08:39 AM

Tried this.Once with Unlocker,then Ccleaner.Both try to delete but the results are the same.Does not delete,but breaks system.



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 08:40 AM

As I said above, use Disk Cleanup, not Windows Explorer to delete the file. You do not need Unlocker or CCleaner.



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 08:43 AM

How it breaks? It have to be some kind of a special system.
Use a Disk Cleanup (Windows own chair), if other way cannot.


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Posted 29 March 2017 - 08:52 AM

Do not know why,thats why I posted.It has happened to others.Someone posted on Malwaretips about this.Thought I was going crazy when it happened.Stepping out,I will research more on this latter.



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 02:41 PM

Boot Windows into Safe Mode and use Disk Cleanup utility to delete Windows.old folder.


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Posted 29 March 2017 - 03:30 PM

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Edited by Allan, 29 March 2017 - 03:31 PM.


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Posted 30 March 2017 - 06:19 AM

Ok,last time I tried Disk Cleanup it did not remove windows.old.Some info.There are just 635mbs leftover and last time I tried to delete them Windows 10 would not boot due to inaccessible boot device.Is there a fix,or is this a bug in Windows 10? Thanks to all.



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Posted 30 March 2017 - 06:32 AM

What file or files are left?



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Posted 30 March 2017 - 06:44 AM

Program files,Program files 86 and windows.



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Posted 30 March 2017 - 06:51 AM

Have you tried deleting the Windows.old folder from Safe Mode?

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