I can't delete Windows.old folder - a subfolder doesn't exist

  1. iJohnnyCash's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
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    I can't delete Windows.old folder - a subfolder doesn't exist


    After the second wave of October Update, I can't delete the Windows.old because a sub-sub-sub-sub folder (hereinafter the X-folder).

    The X-folder I can't rename it, delete it or force delete through powershell (with admin right ofc).

    Attachment 212641

    PS: I rename the Windows.old to Windows.bcp just for testing proposes as you see..
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    Windows 10 Enterprise
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    Give Unlocker a try. The makers say it's only for Windows 7 and earlier but I can confirm that it does work on Win 10 x64 1809 (I have it installed)

    I'm fairly certain links are not permitted so I cannot leave one but a Google search is all that's needed.
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  3. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    iJohnnyCash said:
    After the second wave of October Update, I can't delete the Windows.old...

    A difficult to delete windows.old can usually be deleted by booting to something else so that windows isn't running while you try to delete it. Option Three in this tutorial used a command prompt at boot, either from Advanced Start up or by booting from a recovery drive or install media.

    Delete Windows.old Folder in Windows 10 | Tutorials

    Other possibilities are booting from a Linux Live usb or Kyhi's rescue disk.

    Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums
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  4. iJohnnyCash's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
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    @Bree thank you! The "Option Free: Delete "Windows.old" Folder in a Command Prompt at Boot" was my solution
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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