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  1. Posts : 170
    microsoft windows 10
       #1

    Windows old


    I would like to copy windows old folder to another drive and then delete the original. but it says I need administration permission, could you help me please.
    Len
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  2. Posts : 6,905
    windows 10
       #2

    To delete you need to run disk clean after its first run tick remove system files
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  3. Posts : 7,257
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #3

    What reason do you need to make a copy of it? It's mostly a backup of the previous version of Windows plus your personal files which I hope you backed up anyway.
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  4. Posts : 34,879
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    Not sure why you want to copy it - if you wanted to 'Go back to previous build' after the 10 days expiry- when it would be deleted anyway- I have no idea if copying it back would still let you do that. I rather doubt it..

    Just considering permissions issues- you can copy it if you
    - boot to a command prompt and then copy it
    - boot from a live boot disk and then copy it
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  5. Posts : 270
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2 (19044.1706)
       #5

    Why not just make a Macrium image and keep that ?
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  6. Posts : 4,172
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Latest RP
       #6

    The best and most secure method is as has been mentioned a solid backup routine, unfortunately you have missed the time frame for this as it should be performed Prior to the upgrade, so you can restore to a complete pre-upgrade state.at any future time

    If you just need to clear the used space for a short time, (longest usable is 10 Days after install), you can simply run Explorer.exe, (Windows File Manager) using the "run as Admin" option, which elevates the normal admin account to a full admin , Although as this, (the nnnn.old folder),is a system folder you may need to unhide and log in as the "Hidden Administrator"
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  7. Posts : 270
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2 (19044.1706)
       #7

    Barman58 said:
    The best and most secure method is as has been mentioned a solid backup routine, unfortunately you have missed the time frame for this as it should be performed Prior to the upgrade, so you can restore to a complete pre-upgrade state.at any future time

    If you just need to clear the used space for a short time, (longest usable is 10 Days after install), you can simply run Explorer.exe, (Windows File Manager) using the "run as Admin" option, which elevates the normal admin account to a full admin , Although as this, (the nnnn.old folder),is a system folder you may need to unhide and log in as the "Hidden Administrator"
    D'oh ! My bad, had to image BEFORE upgrading !
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  8. Posts : 34,879
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #8

    Yes, safest to update your disk image before, then start a fresh set when an upgrade has been successfully completed.

    Base (full) image + differential images periodically thereafter e.g. or whatever mix you like.

    Why a new base image? Because so much has changed.
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  9. Posts : 170
    microsoft windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #9

    I have deleted the old file and did not bother to copy it,, thanks for your advice .
    Len
      My Computer


  10. Posts : 1,405
    Windows 10 Pro
       #10

    donnylad said:
    I would like to copy windows old folder to another drive and then delete the original. but it says I need administration permission, could you help me please.
    Len
    I assume you are (were) talking about the folder Windows.old rather than an "old Windows" folder?
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