Windows 10: Ridding of Windows.old: a snag Solved

  1.    17 Apr 2016 #1

    Ridding of Windows.old: a snag


    As per one of the tutorials, I used used the cleaning facility to remove Windows.old, but can find no evidence of a Previous Windows installation(s)FiFile, when I open the Clean System Files option.
    Can anyone help me, please!
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    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       17 Apr 2016 #2

    Hidden system files folder options view tab! If the protected system files box is checked off all hidden files and folders even the temp "$Windows~BT" WS and even at times QT installation folders found at the root of the drive won't be in plain view! You would need to uncheck that as well as a couple of other boxes to unhide all of the temp as well as regular protected files and folders. If the Windows.old is already gone it took a few other temp folders along with it.

    One quick option for seeing all that taken care of would be going to the Start>Settings>System>Storage>This PC section and scroll the list there to the Temporary Files item. Under the "Previous version of Windows" you simply select the Delete previous versions option and then hit the Delete option found there.
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  3.    17 Apr 2016 #3

    [QUOTE=Night Hawk;639797]Hidden system files folder options view tab! If the protected system files box is checked off all hidden files and folders even the temp "$Windows~BT" WS and even at times QT installation folders found at the root of the drive won't be in plain view! You would need to uncheck that as well as a couple of other boxes to unhide all of the temp as well as regular protected files and folders. If the Windows.old is already gone it took a few other temp folders along with it.

    One quick option for seeing all that taken care of would be going to the Start>Settings>System>Storage>This PC section and scroll the list there to the Temporary Files item. Under the "Previous version of Windows" you simply select the Delete previous versions option and then hit the Delete option found there.[/QUOTE]

    Yes, I can see that I have 309MB of temporary files and the Delete temporary files radio button; what I don't see is any option to choose "Previous version of Windows".
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  4.    17 Apr 2016 #4

    From your Command prompt Admin enter this command and check all the things you want to remove. Then run it.
    %SystemRoot%\System32\Cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:65535
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  5.    17 Apr 2016 #5

    Thanks!
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    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       18 Apr 2016 #6

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    Apparently you never made it into the correct section likely from not going far enough along. For each item you click you enter a new screen. When previously pointing to the Start>Settings>System>Storage>This PC section I forgot to mention the need to click on the Main drive item found at the top represently the C drive which then will open up to the screen there.

    You can nuke all temp files as well as the previous version's files and folders, empty the Recycle Bin, and even see the Downloads folder cleaned out from your user account. The box for nuking the files, folders for the Previous versions of Windows is marked there.
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