Can't remove Windows.old at all.

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  1. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       #11

    I read somewhere that if the windows.old is not "seen" on C:, doing the following command will tickle it to appear.

    dir C:\
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  2. Posts : 386
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       #12

    Some time ago I had a very persistent nested folder, I could not remove (I believe it was a Windows.old1 folder).
    After burning a Linux Mint iso on DVD, and starting up with Mint, I could easily delete that folder.
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  3. jimbo45's Avatar
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       #13

    Hi there
    any live Linux distro will delete the file - but if you are uncomfortable with Linux then KYHI's recovery disk, Macrium in command mode or any WINPE type of disk will do the trick too -- these other disks are all "Windows like" so windows users won't have to do anything different as even File explorer will work on a lot of them.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4. f14tomcat's Avatar
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  5. Bastet's Avatar
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       #15

    jimbo45 said:
    Hi there
    any live Linux distro will delete the file - but if you are uncomfortable with Linux then KYHI's recovery disk, Macrium in command mode or any WINPE type of disk will do the trick too -- these other disks are all "Windows like" so windows users won't have to do anything different as even File explorer will work on a lot of them.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Thanks Jimbo, I’ll try the Macrium boot disc first then move on to Kyhi’s recovery disc.
    Will do this tonight.

    Best wishes,
    Virginia.
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  6. Bree's Avatar
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       #16

    Bastet said:
    ... I’ll try the Macrium boot disc first...
    The Macrium boot disk does not include Explorer.exe, so you won't have File Explorer available. Macrium provide their own simple 'PE Explorer' that does the same job. That and the command prompt can both be launched from icons on their 'taskbar'.
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  7. Bastet's Avatar
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       #17

    Update:
    I tried the PE explorer within Macrium & I still received the error that Windows.old could not be found so I moved onto the cmd & that worked.
    I’ll make a note of that cmd for future reference.

    Thanks to all who replied, especially @Bree who provided the cmd.
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  8. Bree's Avatar
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       #18

    Yes, the command line often works when all else fails.
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