Windows 10: Windows.old leftover Solved

  1.    15 Aug 2016 #1

    Windows.old leftover (Solved)

    After finally getting the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to install, as expected, I had a WIndows.0ld file. Following instructions posted here and elsewhere, I used Disc Cleanup to remove most of that file.

    There are still two folders remaining in Windows.old from System32, one in Drivers (IntcDaud.sys) and one in DriverStore ( When I go directly to System32, both drivers appear in the same folders where they show in Wndows.old. Disc Cleanup no longer even recognizes Windows.old, so I cannot run it again to remove what appear to me to be extraneous entries.

    Can I safely use Unlocker to try to remove the remaining Windows.old file, which likely would only work after a reboot? If not, is there some other method, short of using the Jaws of Life or a ten-pound sledge hammer to remove the leftover Windows.old file?
    Last edited by Not Myself; 16 Aug 2016 at 09:46.
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  2. Posts : 30,692
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17713
       15 Aug 2016 #2

    Hello Not Myself, :)

    Unlocker should work for you. If you like, OPTION THREE below should work as well.
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  3.    15 Aug 2016 #3

    Under settings/recovery select advanced startup from there select Command prompt, in command prompt select your windows partition (normally c:\) and type the following command: rd /s /q "C:\Windows.old" to delete the Windows.old folder. If your windows installation is encrypted you need to pause the encryption in control panel to be able to access the windows partition from the command prompt.

    Agggghhh beaten by Brink ....
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17713
       15 Aug 2016 #4

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  5.    16 Aug 2016 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Not Myself, :)

    Unlocker should work for you. If you like, OPTION THREE below should work as well.
    Thanks, Brink: Unlocker did not work, so I delved into Option Three, which took me to places in Windows Ten that I did not know existed nor had any reason to so do. I am pleased to report that Windows.Old is no longer on my computer, and the two drivers in question remain where they were and belong.

    Your assistance appreciated.
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  6. Posts : 30,692
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17713
       16 Aug 2016 #6

    You're most welcome. :)
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