How to delete C:\Windows.old(1) folder

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  1. Almighty1's Avatar
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    How to delete C:\Windows.old(1) folder


    I had problems with Windows and did a in-place upgrade which took C:\Windows.old and changed it to C:\Windows.old(1) while creating a new C:\Windows.old. Disk Cleanup got rid of C:\Windows.old but how do I get rid of C:\Windows.old(1)?
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  2. Ztruker's Avatar
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       #2

    Rename it to Windows.old and run Disk Cleanup again??
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  3. Word Man's Avatar
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    Ztruker said:
    Rename it to Windows.old and run Disk Cleanup again??
    Possible OP has to take ownership or otherwise alter permissions to do that?
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  4. Almighty1's Avatar
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    Tried taking ownership and just tried disk cleanup after renaming to Windows.old, it didn't seem to even see the folder. I can move the folder to other folders but when I look at properties, it shows it has 16 folders but the total size is 0 bytes. Hitting delete claims Windows cannot find file.
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  5. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Delete it in safe mode.
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    NavyLCDR said:
    Delete it in safe mode.
    If there are files in the windows.old folder(s) they may not be able to be deleted in safe mode. I tried it and get "file in use" errors even though I've taken ownership and changed file permissions as recommended in other threads on this forum. :-(
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  7. azasadny's Avatar
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       #7

    Run "System files clean up" on the drive...
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  8. Almighty1's Avatar
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    azasadny said:
    Run "System files clean up" on the drive...
    You mean with Disk Cleanup, already tried that, no go even if I renamed it back to Windows.old
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  9. Almighty1's Avatar
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    PJLLB said:
    If there are files in the windows.old folder(s) they may not be able to be deleted in safe mode. I tried it and get "file in use" errors even though I've taken ownership and changed file permissions as recommended in other threads on this forum. :-(
    There are no files except it's like 16 folders which starts with Users -> My login and then it keeps going down multiple levels with only one folder and no other files in each one except the last one I has nothing in it:

    Users -> Vince -> AppData -> Local -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Temporary Internet Files -> Virtualized -> C -> Users -> Vince -> AppData -> Roaming -> Dropbox -> shellext -> I

    How to delete C:\Windows.old(1) folder-2015-10-21_15-21-03.jpg

    Here is what happen if I try to delete:

    How to delete C:\Windows.old(1) folder-2015-10-21_15-31-24.jpg

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  10. Word Man's Avatar
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       #10

    Have you run chkdsk /f C: ?
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