$Windows.~BT New OS directory - Can't delete

  1. Posts : 33
    win 10 x64

    $Windows.~BT New OS directory - Can't delete

    My win 10, WinSider PC, seems to have downloaded Win 11 in the Windows.~BT folder. It takes about 15GB of space. I want it gone. My system hardware (currently) can't use win11, which I think this is. I have tried all the usual methods to remove/delete. None can do it. the directory is protected somehow. I am unable to take control of the directory. I have tried several scripts I found online, and none work. WIn10 disk clean up does not see it. I have added a user to the directory properties as Full User and I still get errors trying to delete it.
    I am a nocie CMD level user. I can copy and paste into a CMD adin window, and click a lot elsewhere. No programmer am I. (I know 8-bit BASIC very well)
    All the things I googled and tried may have made things worse. But my redundantry dos skills do not think I did too much damage.
    I have read and followed many links online to delete this directory. None have been helpful .
    Please send some help. Link, pages, Ideas?
    Thanks in advance!
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 33,704
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    The problem of protected folders and undeletable items recurs time and again.

    a. Take ownership (see tenforums tutorials)
    b. Delete when Windows isn't running -
    - boot to a command prompt and do it from there. (not a command prompt whilst Windows is running).
    - boot from a Win 10 installation disk to a command prompt and do it from there
    - boot from a Live Boot disk (Google)

    My favourite: excellent free prog
    Emco Unlockit
    - deletes both files and folders on restart if necessary.
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  3. EdTittel's Avatar
    Posts : 4,220
    Windows 10

    As usual, @dalchina gives excellent, spot-on advice. You can also try the command string

    rmdir /Q /S <directory-specification>
    Substitute the directory specification as needed, e.g.

    rmdir /Q /S C:\$Windows.~BT
    in your specific case. Be sure to do this from an administrative command prompt or PowerShell session.
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 33,704
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Thanks Ed..

    There's even a tutorial (feel free to browse and search the Tutorial section): here's what I found for you:
    How to Delete Windows.old and $Windows.~BT folders in Windows 10
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  5. Posts : 33
    win 10 x64
    Thread Starter

    Thank you everyone !!
    With all this help and a little trial and error I was able to delete the offending directory.
    I very much appropriate the help and have pinned the tutorial section for future reference.
    again thanks!
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  6. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 33,704
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)

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