How to Delete Windows.old and $Windows.~BT folders in Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 1
    windows 10 64-bit
       #120

    PeterAstle said:
    Hi,
    I tried all the options but Windows.old wont go away.
    It still contains a few folders which refuse to be deleted: Windows>System32>drivers and DriverStore both of which contain folders and/or files. Total size down to 1.10 MB from 24 GB.
    Don't know if I need to be concerned or not!

    Peter
    Peter

    Try this. go into your device manager and find "intel display audio" right click on it and disable it. you should then be able to safely delete the windows.old folder
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  2. Posts : 12
    windows 7, 8, 10, various linux flavors (in VirtualBox)
       #121

    Other Windows.something folders


    Hi guys,

    Similar to WIndows.old, I have folders $Windows.~BT and $Windows.~WS.

    Are these also candidates for deletion?

    --Al--
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    Posts : 145
    Windows 10 home 64x
       #122

    extreme said:
    Hi guys,

    Similar to WIndows.old, I have folders $Windows.~BT and $Windows.~WS.

    Are these also candidates for deletion?

    --Al--

    Hi
    The files you are talking about are not the exact same as windows old

    They are both temporary directories used by windows to update your system.
    It is safe to delete both to reclaim valuable space.
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  4. Posts : 1
    10
       #123

    take ownership and cut & paste work for me
    delete did not work
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  5. Posts : 80
    Windows 10 Professional, 64-bit
       #124

    Thank you. Worked like a charm.
    blizzard105 said:
    Peter

    Try this. go into your device manager and find "intel display audio" right click on it and disable it. you should then be able to safely delete the windows.old folder
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  6. meebers's Avatar
    Posts : 1,285
    W10 20H2 .685 & W10 Insider
       #125

    My windows.old folder cannot be removed. This is the latest attempt. Would the latest driver from the mfgr update the driver and free this one up so that I can delete it. NVIDA GeForce GTX750 Ti. Tx


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  7. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21354
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       #126

    Hello meebers, :)

    Did you try OPTION THREE yet?
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  8. meebers's Avatar
    Posts : 1,285
    W10 20H2 .685 & W10 Insider
       #127

    Brink said:
    Hello meebers, :)

    Did you try OPTION THREE yet?
    Brink, just did it again here, no joy!


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  9. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,182
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21354
    Thread Starter
       #128

    You should be able to after 10 days when the go back to previous Windows has expired.
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  10. Posts : 19
    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build
       #129

    I think you are right Brink, because I get "access is denied" when trying Option 2 & 3. I may try "Unlocker" because I've heard some people have success with it.

    Don
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