Windows 10: Cant delete windows old folder Solved

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       21 Feb 2017 #11

    Steve C said: View Post
    Yes, follow this advice. I had a similar problem which was due to a residual driver file left behind in window.old for some reason. I had to change permissions as above to remove it.
    I had a similar problem a while back with a dangling driver "In Use", it was still pointing to the the driver in C:\Windows.old\System32\Drivers. An audio driver, I believe. I used Autoruns (Sysinternals) to disable the driver from loading. Rebooted. After taking ownership, deleted folder. Enabled driver in Autoruns. Rebooted. System picked up and loaded the driver from system32/drivers in C:\Windows. All happy.
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  2.    21 Feb 2017 #12

    Have you tried to use Unlocker?
    Download Unlocker - MajorGeeks
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  3.    21 Feb 2017 #13

    AddRAM said: View Post
    But booting to a live Linux version always works, I had the same issue once and that`s how I solved it :)
    That's what I do, works 100% of the time, you can do anything then
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  4.    21 Feb 2017 #14

    File Assassin from Malwarebytes is my favourite tool aside alive Linux disk.

    Malwarebytes | FileASSASSIN - Free Software to Delete Locked Files
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  5.    21 Feb 2017 #15

    A very big thank you everyone. After following Steve C instructions I was able to move the folder to the correct place and run disk clean-up and successfully remove windows old. I now have 20 GB more space on my C drive. Once again a very big thank you :)
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       21 Feb 2017 #16

    Bunny007 said: View Post
    A very big thank you everyone. After following Steve C instructions I was able to move the folder to the correct place and run disk clean-up and successfully remove windows old. I now have 20 GB more space on my C drive. Once again a very big thank you :)
    You used the Take Ownership?
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  7.    21 Feb 2017 #17

    Yes I think so. I got a bit confused with what was going on in the end ( probable lack of grey matter ) but before following take ownership instructions I couldn't move the file anywhere.:)
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       21 Feb 2017 #18

    Bunny007 said: View Post
    Yes I think so. I got a bit confused with what was going on in the end ( probable lack of grey matter ) but before following take ownership instructions I couldn't move the file anywhere.:)
    Good! Glad it fixed it so you could do what you wanted. That's all that matters. :)
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  •    21 Feb 2017 #19

    Bunny007 said: View Post
    A very big thank you everyone. After following Steve C instructions I was able to move the folder to the correct place and run disk clean-up and successfully remove windows old. I now have 20 GB more space on my C drive. Once again a very big thank you :)
    I think f14tomcat gave you the original advice which I seconded.
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  •    21 Feb 2017 #20

    Sorry thanks to everyone. My computer is lighting fast now:):):)
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