Windows 10: Can't delete windows.old folder
Can't delete windows.old folder
After upgrade to w10 anniv noticed a Windows.old folder on C: I ran cleanmgr/systems files it still remains. Went to the tutorial and tried all 3 options. Did not delete it. Option 3 once executed as admin, said access was denied. " Strange" thing about the properties is, that it is only 444kb.
Question 2. Also on C: is a folder "Windows10Update". Can that be deleted?
I did the disk clean up and it cleared most of the files in the folder but left the folder and a couple of driver folders. Also left a windows upgrade folder which I have never seen before. Wasn't sure about deleting that one so I cut and transferred to another computer on my network to see what would happen. The computer still runs fine. Only the Window.old folder remains.
If you delete it you can't go back to last known good configuration before the update. If you are satisfied that your system is stable after the Anniversary Update and need the drive space I would delete the contents. I believe the actual folder stays put and maybe some artifacts will remain in it that just refuse to delete (my system has two windows old folders with some do nothing files). Do not follow my advice on this unless you are dead sure positive that your system is rock solid stable. Maybe wait a week or two.
The proper procedure is here: Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 10
Last edited by Brink; 13 Oct 2016 at 09:19.
That worked on my computer but it's my wifes computer that kept the windows.old folder. Those options didn't work and apparently didn't work for the OP either. I have Macrium back ups but not sure it is worth it since the folder is almost empty and doesn't take up any space.
Last edited by Brink; 13 Oct 2016 at 09:19.
After a Windows Upgrade, by default, a scheduled task is created and will run after four weeks to delete the Windows.Old directory. Just leave it alone.
I would like to see the reference for that, very interesting. This might be the 30 day "try it or revert" option. I do not think this will revert anyways since it is only 444kb. Usually several GB? I have updated 3 computers so far, this is the only one that has windows.old and Windows10Update. Disk cleanup has taken care of 2 out of 3.
Yes I am sure I do not want to go back because I have iso's and images of the disk now.
Be nice to all, please?!
I have had the same problem. There was a task leftover in that folder, I solved it like this:
Take ownership of the folder, to the file, which can not be deleted and set yourself to Full Control, then delete.
Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
Owner of Files and Folders - Change in Windows 10
Last edited by Brink; 15 Aug 2016 at 18:03.
You could look into this thread - Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
Usually if disk cleanup doesn't delete Windows.old it is because of some badly written driver (in my case it is the Intel Display Audio Driver) which locks the files and so they can't be deleted (see here for example). Please have a look in Windows.old and show us what is there.
C:\Windows10Update is not a standard directory created by the upgrade. Have a look at what it contains then you can rename and then delete it if it doesn't look interesting.
This is whats in the folder windows.old
I would leave it alone until it will be naturally cleaned up.
How to free over 10GB of disk space after installing Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 10
NOTE: The Windows.old folder will automatically be cleaned up after 10 days
Last edited by Brink; 13 Oct 2016 at 09:20.
I'm in the Windows Insider program and have updated Windows 10 several times now. Each time, creating a windows.old folder. Do I need to keep these, and if not, what's the best way of deleting them? This is probably a silly question, but better...
So I followed these steps:
I opened my search box.
In the search box, type Admin, I right clicked Disk Cleanup and selected run as Administrator.
In the Disk Cleanup dialog, I clicked Clean up...
After doing an In-place Reinstall of WIndows 10 X64 to fix update problems. I ran the Clean Windows Files Program to Delete all 'Old' Windows Folders & files. All seemed to go well until I looked at C:\ dribve and see that Windows.old still exists....
I had problems with Windows and did a in-place upgrade which took C:\Windows.old and changed it to C:\Windows.old(1) while creating a new C:\Windows.old. Disk Cleanup got rid of C:\Windows.old but how do I get rid of C:\Windows.old(1)?
Can I delete Windows.old folder ? and is it any important file inside that folder ?
and where can I find my device manager ?