Windows 10: Windows.old won't delete after todays update. Solved

  1.    03 Aug 2016 #1

    Windows.old won't delete after todays update.

    I selected remove previous versions of windows in disk cleanup and it deleted everything in window.old but one folder chain C:\Windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_87aa927b5db9eb5e

    It tells me I need permission and this account is admin on my pc, how can i delete this?
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  2.    03 Aug 2016 #2

    Hi there

    Try again after a reboot.

    If that fails a decent way is to load a Linux Live distro and then delete the file using the Linux file manager. These are called Dolphin, Nautilus, Midnight commander - depending on what Live distro you are using -- Linux Mint is a decently like "Windows" one if you aren't experienced in Linux.

    A reboot in Windows though should release the file if it's not being used anywhere.

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  3.    03 Aug 2016 #3
    Last edited by Brink; 03 Aug 2016 at 09:13. Reason: updated link for the same here
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  4.    03 Aug 2016 #4

    I renamed, moved to new location and deleted.
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  5.    03 Aug 2016 #5

    Nice solution
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    Win 10 Pro 64-bit [1803]
       03 Aug 2016 #6

    It's the drivers issue - some devices still use drivers located in the post-installation folders.

    A useful trick is to track the affected device, disable it for a while, delete the folder and re-enable it. It will use the proper driver (meaning located in the correct folder) since then.
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  7.    03 Aug 2016 #7

    hi guys, thanks for responding. I tried the disk cleanup method and it didn't work, then I tried renaming it and moving it into my downloads folder and now its just saying I require permission from IT/Michael (pc name/my name). I'm willing to try the linux thing suggestion but I don't really understand it, if someone could explain in more detail possibly.
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  8.    03 Aug 2016 #8

    I have a Linux Mint installation disk. I booted up with that and deleted the folder. This worked OK and no ill-effects noticed when booting into W.10 and running it.
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  9.    03 Aug 2016 #9

    Alright so I ended up using a program called EMCO MoveonBoot to delete the folder, it worked and don't have any issues to report so far. Thanks again for the replies.
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