Can Not Delete Windows.old after 1809 update.

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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.Can Not Delete Windows.old after 1809 update.-2.jpg

    I did a Disk Cleanup & this keep showing & wont delete & I reboot do it again still there Can Not Delete Windows.old after 1809 update.-1.jpg


    Here is whats is the windows.old sub folder that wont deleteCan Not Delete Windows.old after 1809 update.-3.jpg

    If i click that folder says this Can Not Delete Windows.old after 1809 update.-4.jpg


    If I delete it says this Can Not Delete Windows.old after 1809 update.-5.jpg



    What is the fix for this?

    Thanks
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #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
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    I installed 1809 first day been over 10 days here. Thanks
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  4. DrSysop's Avatar
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Version 1809
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  5. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)
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  6. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1909) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    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 1909 Build 18363.535 and W10 Insider Ver 2004 Build 19536
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    Bree said:
    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 (1909) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    philc43 said:
    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. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)
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    Hmm... MS again... could perhaps explain the other user's situation (last link #2)
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  10. Posts : 1,632
    Windows 10
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    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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