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

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  1. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21354
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       #230

    Only the Y for Yes at the end of the command would be language dependent.

    takeown /F "C:\Windows.old" /A /R /D Y
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  2. Maggidon's Avatar
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    windows 10 2004
       #231

    Thanks for your reply. Each folder within the Windows.old contained zero in each case. I believe your solution was one of the three I used (can't remember exactly now) and each case, it removed something that Windows obviously didn't like but needed. Therefore, my computer would not reboot and I had to have my Drive renewed from a backup HD.
    Therefore, I have been paranoid ever since. Why Microsoft doesn't get rid of that Folder automatically is beyond me.
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  3. Posts : 21
    Windows 10 1803 & Win10 Insider
       #232

    In case Windows had trouble removing WSL1 files named "aux.h" (AUX is a reserved word since MS DOS). You can remove those files under bash running as Administator.

    Eg:
    Code:
    Open CMD as administrator
    cd c:\
    bash
    rm -rf Windows.old/
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  4. Maggidon's Avatar
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    windows 10 2004
       #233

    Has any bashed you yet because this didn't work or have you once heard of it not working?
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  5. Maggidon's Avatar
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    windows 10 2004
       #234

    May I suggest we all have one moment of noisy silence please. The reason being, with the installation of the new Windows 10 Spring update (2020) and upon cleaning up all temporary files from within Settings / Temporary files including the removal of the saved Windows.old, the same has now been completely removed. This includes not just the files but the Folder itself.
    How many years has one been waiting for this to take place. I know I mentioned it to Microsoft in a feedback a long while back but whatever, finally they've made this thing right!
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21354
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       #235

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  7. camelia's Avatar
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    Windows 10 x64 bits
       #236

    Hello,

    I just update Windows 10 from 1903 to 2004 and I did a mess forgetting about $Windows.~BT, using OPTION ONE Instead OPTION FIVE !!!

    How do I fix it?

    Thanks
    Camelia

    • Disk Utility opens twice
    • I can't delete an app
    • I have 2 printers
    • And more issues...



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  8. Posts : 636
    Windows 10 20H2
       #237

    camelia said:
    Hello,

    I just update Windows 10 from 1903 to 2004 and I did a mess forgetting about $Windows.~BT, using OPTION ONE Instead OPTION FIVE !!!

    How do I fix it?

    Thanks
    Camelia

    • Disk Utility opens twice
    • I can't delete an app
    • I have 2 printers
    • And more issues...



    How to Delete Windows.old and $Windows.~BT folders in Windows 10-01-w10forums.jpg How to Delete Windows.old and $Windows.~BT folders in Windows 10-05-w10forums.jpg
    How to Delete Windows.old and $Windows.~BT folders in Windows 10-06-2printers.jpg
    The ms-resourceProductName that you can't remove may belong to a app that you physically deleted. If you know which one it is, reinstall it and then you can uninstall.

    After you get this fixed, I would suggest Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect; I have used it several times removing 2004 because it is bundled with problems.
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  9. camelia's Avatar
    Posts : 218
    Windows 10 x64 bits
       #238

    rdwray said:
    The ms-resourceProductName that you can't remove may belong to a app that you physically deleted. If you know which one it is, reinstall it and then you can uninstall.

    After you get this fixed, I would suggest Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect; I have used it several times removing 2004 because it is bundled with problems.
    I don't have any idea of which one it is

    I don't have a backup

    But this is not my main problem, WHY do I have 2 printers??

    Why Disk Utility opens twice??

    Please continue helping

    Thanks
    Camelia

    PS: I think is something about the mobile app (The newest in the Win 10 v2004)
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  10. Posts : 636
    Windows 10 20H2
       #239

    camelia said:
    I don't have any idea of which one it is

    I don't have a backup

    But this is not my main problem, WHY do I have 2 printers??

    Why Disk Utility opens twice??

    Please continue helping

    Thanks
    Camelia

    PS: I think is something about the mobile app (The newest in the Win 10 v2004)
    You might consider rolling back to 1903 and then try reinstalling 2004 again: Go Back to the Previous Version of Windows in Windows 10
    What has happened is that your printer got installed twice and before you do this, make sure you have the printer driver in case it removes both printers, it shouldn't, but this is Windows.

    Open "Control Panel" and select "Devices and Printers". Right click on the printer you don't want and select "Remove device"
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