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

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  1. bo elam's Avatar
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       #160

    I ll uninstall the program later, and if the folder is leftover I ll delete it manually.

    By the way, I checked Option 5 before deleting the folder. In my laptop, Option 5 did not give me the option to delete the old version. The option to delete the old folder as shown in the tutorial did not appear. Greetings.

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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       #161

    That option wouldn't be available until build 16226.
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  3. bo elam's Avatar
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       #162

    Brink said:
    That option wouldn't be available until build 16226.
    Aha....

    Later

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  4. Brink's Avatar
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       #163

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  5. Posts : 44
    ten 64
       #164

    attrib -r -a -s -h C:\Windows.old /S /D
    RD /S /Q %SystemDrive%\windows.old
    [
    OPTION TWO does not works anymore
    /EDIT : meantime was changed
    ]
    at lest for me on 2 different computers , win [10.1703.15063.up-to-date] 64bits PRO EN

    This commands are working [at lest here] in command prompt as admin [also in my autoit script]
    takeown /F C:\Windows.old\* /R /A
    echo Y| cacls C:\Windows.old\*.* /T /C /grant username:F
    rmdir /S /Q C:\Windows.old\

    cacls
    command cannot be performed silent, no builded option for that from MS
    so , the [echo Y| ] part in second command will serve an yes as answer at first question (are you sure ?)
    or instead you can simply use
    cacls C:\Windows.old\*.* /T /C /grant username:F
    and give yourself the [y] or [Y] answer

    if your [windows account username] contain blank(s) inside probably is better to use "user name":F
    replace username with your [windows account username]

    if your windows is already tied to MS account use instead [email protected]:F
    replace [email protected] part with your personal MS account data.

    OBS 1:
    in OPTION TWO in OP , for me , anyway
    is strange to use in one command [C:\] and in the other [%SystemDrive%]
    for refer to the same path.

    OBS 2:
    the delete of [C:\$Windows.~BT] folder part is missed in OP ,
    [is only mentioned in Information header and topic title of OP]
    and normally this folder eat in vain another ~ 2GB
    this folder is not locked by stupid permissions
    it can be simply deleted for recover more space.

    c
    Last edited by oneLess; 11 Aug 2017 at 07:02.
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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       #165

    Thank you for the head up C. :)

    I have updated Option Two, and added referenced for the "$Windows.~BT" folder.
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  7. Kari's Avatar
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       #166

    The "old" Option Two still works perfectly for me. It's just that it does not work when run from desktop. It works however without issues when I restart to Advanced Boot Options and select Command Prompt, when Windows has not "locked" the folder.
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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       #167

    The new version of Option 2 should work from the desktop. Adding to take ownership first should help prevent permission issues when trying to delete the folder.
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  9. Posts : 19
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       #168

    I had a file in the windows.old folder that was corrupt, so windows could not delete it using any option here. For me, the only thing that worked was to run Ubuntu(Linux OS/not Windows) from a DVD/USB, without installation, and using the file explorer/browser in Ubuntu I was able to delete the windows.old folder. I then restarted Win10 normally, via my Hard Drive(actually SSD) and verified that the windows.old folder was finally gone. I'm sure Brink could explain this option, better than I did. I hope this helps anybody who had trouble using all the other options.
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  10. Posts : 44
    ten 64
       #169

    front360 said:
    I had a file in the windows.old folder that was corrupt, so windows could not delete it using any option here. For me, the only thing that worked was to run Ubuntu(Linux OS/not Windows) from a DVD/USB, without installation, and using the file explorer/browser in Ubuntu I was able to delete the windows.old folder. I then restarted Win10 normally, via my Hard Drive(actually SSD) and verified that the windows.old folder was finally gone. I'm sure Brink could explain this option, better than I did. I hope this helps anybody who had trouble using all the other options.
    Ubuntu way is usefully for a lot of other things also.
    By example you can save all bits from an existing windows install
    for perform a clean windows install after.

    for me , the best way to use Ubuntu is to create an USB boot stick
    with Linux Live USB Creator.

    c
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