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  1.    06 Aug 2016 #11
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 37
    windows 10

    If I were you I would not do anything to the windows old folder. I had one pc that when I removed it, the pc then completely refused to boot.
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  2.    06 Aug 2016 #12
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 82

    That is not what was happening to me! I rebooted many times and still could not delete windows.old. Windows kept saying that one of the files in windows.old was in use and it WAS according to the registry entry pointing to windows.old for one of the Intel VGA drivers. Like I said above, I only had the problem on machines that used the Intel on chip video.

    That's probably why you had an issue deleting windows.old. The update left the registry with a key driver or whatever pointing to the windows.old folder.
    Last edited by Ken429; 07 Aug 2016 at 04:38.
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  3.    1 Day Ago #13
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2

    Make a backup first...
    Then try this script.
    Copy it and save it into a notepad file.
    Rename it to whatever_you_like.bat
    Run it and press yes.

    It will remove the windows.old folder.

    Tell me if this worked ...

    @echo off
    :: BatchGotAdmin
    REM  --> Check for permissions
    >nul 2>&1 "%SYSTEMROOT%\system32\cacls.exe" "%SYSTEMROOT%\system32\config\system"
    REM --> If error flag set, we do not have admin.
    if '%errorlevel%' NEQ '0' (
        echo Requesting administrative privileges...
        goto UACPrompt
    ) else ( goto gotAdmin )
        echo Set UAC = CreateObject^("Shell.Application"^) > "%temp%\getadmin.vbs"
        echo UAC.ShellExecute "%~s0", "", "", "runas", 1 >> "%temp%\getadmin.vbs"
        exit /B
        if exist "%temp%\getadmin.vbs" ( del "%temp%\getadmin.vbs" )
        pushd "%CD%"
        CD /D "%~dp0"
    rem pause
    takeown /f "C:\Windows.old" /r
    icacls "C:\Windows.old" /reset /T
    attrib -r -a -s -h C:\Windows.old /S /D
    RD /S /Q %SystemDrive%\windows.old
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