Windows 10: Unable to remove Window.old Solved

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  1.    18 Aug 2016 #11

    I'm seeing things I've never seen before (mama told me not to come) ... booting into the installer? What is that by the way? Also, what do you make of no files being in the Windows.old Folders? I did the Disk Cleanup but marked off everything to be deleted in there. Apparently I wasn't supposed to.
    Also, thank you for your response.
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  2.    19 Aug 2016 #12

    Booting into the installer means changing the boot order in BIOS so the PC boots from your installation media instead of the normal default boot disk. Methods for making this happen vary by platform: from what I see online at ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) it looks like the old F8 during initial post (before Windows starts booting) might do the trick. That should provoke a menu that lets you pick an alternate boot drive. If it works, pick the drive associated with install media; if it doesn't work, check your manual to find out how to call up a boot drive selection menu on your laptop.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  3.    19 Aug 2016 #13

    Maggidon said: View Post
    Give me your opinion pjllb with regards to going ahead with the CCleaner to remove Old Windows. Got to admit, I'm always half afraid these programs will do something to the main OS and leave me in great pains. In other words, have you or would you use it to remove Windows.old?
    I never use programs like CCleaner. If I can't perform the task manually I won't let a program do it using whatever brute-force method they use that is under to hood of the program and not documented for me to understand.
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    Windows 8 9200 RTM+IVI!CRU$0FT WEndowz teen
       19 Aug 2016 #14

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    That should do the job
    Add take ownership and take ownership of it and delete it
    or change owner
    cmd can work too!
    You can try to log in to the hidden admin account too
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    Windows 10 Home 64 bit (with Creators OS)
       19 Aug 2016 #15

    My route to system files not deleting was different but the end result was I had Windows.old and a few other folders that would not delete. I also had some other (unconnected) files which I temporarily moved elsewhere, then I reformatted disc. That got rid of the troublesome files.
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  6.    21 Aug 2016 #16

    Well people, thank you for the responses. Before those responses came rolling in like 4 barrels of rainwater, I forged ahead like a herd of angry fire ants and took the CCleaner route and Windows.old flew the coup.
    I did use Tree-size Tree and am seeing things I never saw before. There is a Folder there that I cannot see in in File Explorer and that is called Recovery-bin. I was surprised to see that in addition to Recycle-bin but this thing called Recovery-bin is huge. I never knew it existed before but am wondering what to do with it. I thought I read somewhere that a program called Undelete creates that and I did have that program on here for a while. I see it was created January 6 2015. I am wondering, can I just delete it from within Tree-size tree or should I leave it. Have you happy folk ever dealt with this before and what advice would you give.
    Last edited by Maggidon; 25 Aug 2016 at 01:48.
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  7.    25 Aug 2016 #17

    And then again, there is silence. Was it something I said, like the CCleaner thing? Like, how many times does this happen on forums? Seriously, if I have offended someone or everyone, do let me know or let all know.
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  8. Posts : 172
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit (with Creators OS)
       25 Aug 2016 #18

    [QUOTE=Maggidon;783585]Well people, thank you for the responses. Before those responses came rolling in like 4 barrels of rainwater, I forged ahead like a herd of angry fire ants and took the CCleaner route and Windows.old flew the coup.
    I did use Tree-size Tree and am seeing things I never saw before. There is a Folder there that I cannot see in in File Explorer and that is called Recovery-bin. I was surprised to see that in addition to Recycle-bin but this thing called Recovery-bin is huge. I never knew it existed before but am wondering what to do with it. I thought I read somewhere that a program called Undelete creates that and I did have that program on here for a while. I see it was created January 6 2015. I am wondering, can I just delete it from within Tree-size tree or should I leave it. Have you happy folk ever dealt with this before and what advice would you give.[/QUOTE]

    No and none (sorry).
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  9.    25 Aug 2016 #19

    Way to go Steve! Thank you very much!
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  10.    25 Aug 2016 #20

    I tried every method I found and eventually I succeeded deleting it with Mini Windows XP (on Hiren's CD).
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