Can Not Delete Windows.old after 1809 update. Solved

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  1. DrSysop's Avatar
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Version 1809
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    Can Not Delete Windows.old after 1809 update.


    I using 1809 for few weeks & seems it deleted previous 1803 & noticed the Windows.old folder is there with no files only sub folders & wont delete. I went into safe mode & cant not delete it. I tried to rename folder rebooted & still can not delete.Click image for larger version. 

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    I did a Disk Cleanup & this keep showing & wont delete & I reboot do it again still there Click image for larger version. 

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    Here is whats is the windows.old sub folder that wont deleteClick image for larger version. 

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    If i click that folder says this Click image for larger version. 

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    If I delete it says this Click image for larger version. 

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    What is the fix for this?

    Thanks
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  2.    #2

    Hi, there's a current thread asking the same question.
    a. Patience. Wait 10 days after upgrade- it should be auto deleted. If not:
    b. Tutorial
    Delete Windows.old Folder in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
    from
    Windows 10 Tutorial Index | Windows 10 Tutorials
    c. Boot to a command prompt and delete it
    d. Use a live boot disk, boot from that and delete it.

    More: see
    Can't remove Windows.old at all. - Windows 10 Forums
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  3. DrSysop's Avatar
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Version 1809
    Thread Starter
       #3

    I installed 1809 first day been over 10 days here. Thanks
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  4. DrSysop's Avatar
    Posts : 212
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Version 1809
    Thread Starter
       #4
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  6. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1903) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #6

    FWIW, this doesn't appear to be a general problem. I have upgraded four different machines to 1809 and Disk Clean Up completely removed windows.old on all of them.
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  7. philc43's Avatar
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    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1903 Build 18362.145 and W10 Insider Build 18362 and 18898
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    Bree said: View Post
    FWIW, this doesn't appear to be a general problem. I have upgraded four different machines to 1809 and Disk Clean Up completely removed windows.old on all of them.
    My windows.old was not completely removed after the 1809 upgrade. I think it is because I use a Microsoft account. The folder that could not be deleted is a Cortana package. If I recall correctly @Bree you do not use a MS account.
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  8. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1903) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    philc43 said: View Post
    My windows.old was not completely removed after the 1809 upgrade. I think it is because I use a Microsoft account. The folder that could not be deleted is a Cortana package. If I recall correctly @Bree you do not use a MS account.
    Your recall is perfect. No, none of the machines I upgraded to 1809 use an MS account.
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  9.    #9

    Hmm... MS again... could perhaps explain the other user's situation (last link #2)
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  10. Posts : 1,231
    Windows 10
       #10

    In both 1803 and 1809 there is on mine some trivia left in the Windows.old folder which was not deleted after the 10 days.
    The current residuals do apparently include Cortana, and I use a Local Account.
    Looking at the previous one in my Images the contents were slightly different folder trivia but the whole folder was overwritten by the 1809 update anyway.
    I just leave it, pointless deletion of trivia.
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