Windows 10: Unable to delete $WINDOWS.~BT on Windows 10 - work arounds not working Solved

  1.    03 Dec 2017 #1

    Unable to delete $WINDOWS.~BT on Windows 10 - work arounds not working


    Spent most of today trying to reinstall Windows, according to Google I need to delete $WINDOWS.~BT but I always get "The action can't be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program".

    I've tried adding permissions with TakeOwnershipPro, deleting all temp files with Disk Clean-up, booting into safe mode, del /f in cmd, still getting the same message.


    Anything else I can try?

    Thanks.
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  2.    03 Dec 2017 #2

    The native "Disk Clean up" should clean up temporary Windows files. Try clicking on the Clean up system files bottom left and run as Administrator.
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  3.    03 Dec 2017 #3

    Thanks for the reply.

    I figured out I wasn't able to delete it due to an update being available.

    Auto update ran a few hours prior and said everything was up to date but there was one available when I checked manually.
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