Getting rid of windows.old

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  1. Posts : 777
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    Getting rid of old windows folders


    I have had this folder on my computer for some time now, and everytime i try to delete it, i get a message saying that i need a permission to delete it. I googled this issue, but the only suggestion i could find was to do a disc cleanup. I have done that many times without results.

    Solved, the folder deleted itself after updating windows.
    Last edited by Cerawy; 14 Aug 2018 at 17:42.
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    From the extensive tutorial section:
    Windows 10 Tutorial Index | Windows 10 Tutorials

    this may help:
    Delete Windows.old Folder in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    Or you could delete it from an off-line command prompt or boot disk e.g.
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  3. davidhk's Avatar
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    Cerawy said:
    I have had this folder on my computer for some time now, and everytime i try to delete it, i get a message saying that i need a permission to delete it. I googled this issue, but the only suggestion i could find was to do a disc cleanup. I have done that many times without results.

    RE : I have had this folder on my computer for some time now

    How long is that "for some time now"?
    Unless MS has changed it, your Windows.old will be automatically deleted after...…. 10 days, I think ( used to be 30 days).

    RE : i get a message saying that i need a permission to delete it
    Assuming you were in admin account. If yes, did you also see a box Continue ? If yes, click it.

    RE : the only suggestion i could find was to do a disc cleanup. I have done that many times without results.
    Right click at the Windows.old folder > click Open.
    It could be just an empty folder.
    It could have only a small remnant of files left behind.
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  4. Posts : 777
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    Its been there for several weeks. Yes, i get a message box that says i need administrator privileges to delete the folder, i click yes but windows refuses to delete it.
    Last edited by Cerawy; 04 Jul 2018 at 02:10.
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  5. dalchina's Avatar
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    Answered in first response. If stuck, use a boot disk or an off-line command prompt - or see the tutorial.
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  6. Steve C's Avatar
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    Cerawy said:
    I have had this folder on my computer for some time now, and everytime i try to delete it, i get a message saying that i need a permission to delete it. I googled this issue, but the only suggestion i could find was to do a disc cleanup. I have done that many times without results.
    You sometimes find an incalcitrant file left behind. You need to peruse the folder tree to locate the offending file, change the file permissions probably from a command prompt then you should be able to delete windows.old.
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  7. axe0's Avatar
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    Hi Cerawy,

    As some sort of a last resort, you could use a WinPE to boot into and delete the folder from there, that guaranteed works
    Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums
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  8. davidhk's Avatar
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    Cerawy said:
    Its been there for several weeks. Yes, i get a message box that says i need admin privileges to delete the folder, i click yes but windows refuses to delete it.
    Have you tried opening the folder to see what's inside ?
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  9. Posts : 1
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    Settings > Storage > Free up space now
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  10. Posts : 777
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    Steve C said:
    You sometimes find an incalcitrant file left behind. You need to peruse the folder tree to locate the offending file, change the file permissions probably from a command prompt then you should be able to delete windows.old.
    Sorry, but i really dont understand what you mean?

    Morthis said:
    Settings > Storage > Free up space now
    Do you mean a disc cleanup? I have tried that several times.

    dalchina said:
    Answered in first response. If stuck, use a boot disk or an off-line command prompt.
    What command am i supposed to type?

    In any case, it would be great if windows would stop bothering me with popup messages when im trying to delete useless folders and files from my computer.
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