Windows 10: Windows 10240 Disk Cleanup Won't Delete Windows.old Solved

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  1.    15 Jul 2015 #1

    Windows 10240 Disk Cleanup Won't Delete Windows.old


    I just installed the latest build and as I have a rather small drive c: I wanted to delete the Windows.old files. I, had two of them. Disk Cleanup deleted Windows.old but left Windows.old(1). Not much left inside that Windows.old(1) folder but I can't delete it. Any suggestions other than a clean install?
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  2.    15 Jul 2015 #2

    What file is in it?

    I have an Asus motherboard and with every update, the Asus AMD00 device is pointing to the device driver in windows.old, so I can't delete it. I have to uninstall the device, set the owner and permissions on windows.old so I can delete it, then after I have deleted it, use the device manager to search for an update of the device,

    It is probably something like that.
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16251
       16 Jul 2015 #3

    You might see if you may be able to delete the folder in a command prompt at boot using Option Three below.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...a.html#option3
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  4.    16 Jul 2015 #4

    alkaufmann said: View Post
    I just installed the latest build and as I have a rather small drive c: I wanted to delete the Windows.old files. I, had two of them. Disk Cleanup deleted Windows.old but left Windows.old(1). Not much left inside that Windows.old(1) folder but I can't delete it. Any suggestions other than a clean install?
    Try using Ccleaner. It's free. In the advanced section there will be an option to remove the Windows old installation. Just mark it, analyse and remove
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  5.    16 Jul 2015 #5

    Geneo said: View Post
    What file is in it?

    I have an Asus motherboard and with every update, the Asus AMD00 device is pointing to the device driver in windows.old, so I can't delete it. I have to uninstall the device, set the owner and permissions on windows.old so I can delete it, then after I have deleted it, use the device manager to search for an update of the device,

    It is probably something like that.
    The last empty folder has something to with the Skydrive. When I try to delete it I am told I need permission from a Trusted Installer. Maybe I need to uninstall Office 2016? I may give that a try.
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  6.    16 Jul 2015 #6

    Brink said: View Post
    You might see if you may be able to delete the folder in a command prompt at boot using Option Three below.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...a.html#option3
    Thanks, I tried that option, RD /S /Q "D:\Windows.old(1)" and I got back, The Directory Is Not Empty. I know it contains another folder that is empty. I may have to brush up on my DOS.
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  7.    16 Jul 2015 #7

    Using the Command Prompt I discovered that I still have a SkyDrive and OneDrive folder, both not empty. When I use the Windows File Explorer there is no SkyDrive and it is not hidden.

    I am getting closer to restoring my Windows 8.1 Pro.
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  8.    16 Jul 2015 #8

    alkaufmann said: View Post
    Thanks, I tried that option, RD /S /Q "D:\Windows.old(1)" and I got back, The Directory Is Not Empty. I know it contains another folder that is empty. I may have to brush up on my DOS.
    Disk Cleanup would not remove Windows.old on my Windows 10 10240 either. Because I am dual booting with Windows 8.1, I just deleted the folder in Windows 10 10240 from my Windows 8.1 File Explorer

    JustDave
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  9.    16 Jul 2015 #9

    I am not dual booting, but I can use easily pull out the laptop SSD and connect it to my desktop with Window 8.1 Pro and then use the file explorer to try and delete it.
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  10.    16 Jul 2015 #10

    I tried that but same problem, Microsoft claims I am not a trusted installer! My old hard drive with Windows 8.1 Pro is going back into the laptop and then this SSD will be formatted. If that does not get rid of my Windows.old(1), I will install Linux.

    There comes a point when all the Microsoft security stuff becomes overbearing and you have to tell them to stuff it.
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