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

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  1. Posts : 50
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #20

    Windows Old still remains though greatly depeleted


    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
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21354
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       #21

    Hello Peter, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Personally, I wouldn't worry about it since it's that small now.

    If you're determined, you could see if the free program Unlocker may be able to delete the folder. :)
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  3. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #22

    Maybe this is a dumb question but why can't you simply "right click" the windows.old folder and delete it?
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    10 Home x64 v2004 19041.450
       #23

    minkfield said:
    Maybe this is a dumb question but why can't you simply "right click" the windows.old folder and delete it?
    It will say 'You require permission from SYSTEM to make changes to this folder.'
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  5. Posts : 2
    Win 10 Pro
       #24

    Surface Pro 3 : Maybe normal


    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
    Hello,

    Idem for me but I would say, maybe it's kind of normal. Files are :

    Code:
    C:\Windows.old\Windows\System32\drivers>dir /B
    SurfaceAccessoryDevice.sys
    SurfaceCapacitiveHomeButton.sys
    SurfaceDisplayCalibration.sys
    SurfacePenDriver.sys
    TrueColor.sys
    Code:
    C:\Windows.old\Windows\System32\drivers\UMDF>dir /B
    SurfaceCoverTelemetry.dll
    SurfaceTypeCoverV3FwUpdate.dll
    Code:
    C:\Windows.old\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository>dir /B
    surfaceaccessorydevice.inf_amd64_e89baec14a54ce3f
    surfacecapacitivehomebutton.inf_amd64_26b38c30587744f4
    surfacecovertelemetry.inf_amd64_512f78d03641e81f
    surfacedisplaycalibration.inf_amd64_4f517f69e02d33b1
    surfacependriver.inf_amd64_30f02b16beecd08a
    surfacetypecoverv3fwupdate.inf_amd64_772e45afb16888a1
    truecolor.inf_amd64_6c44c35093e5f051
    I guess they are files / drivers linked to Surface Device maybe not really yet updated in Win 10 version.
    I think we don't have to remove them.

    Regards,
    Last edited by Asarox; 01 Aug 2015 at 05:47.
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  6. Posts : 497
    windows 10 (x64) Home 20H2 19042.844
       #25

    I got like this in admn cmd prompt

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>rd /S /Q %SystemDrive%\Windows.old
    C:\Windows.old\Windows\System32\drivers\IntcDAud.sys - Access is denied.
    C:\Windows.old\Windows\System32\DRIVER~1\FILERE~1\INTCDA~1.INF\IntcDAud.sys - Access is denied.
    C:\Windows.old\Windows\System32\DRIVER~1 - Access is denied.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>

    What to do?
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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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       #26

    Hello Ivgandhi,

    How does it work in Disk Cleanup instead?
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  8. Posts : 497
    windows 10 (x64) Home 20H2 19042.844
       #27

    Brink said:
    Hello Ivgandhi,

    How does it work in Disk Cleanup instead?
    I have already tried in disk cleanup. But for these files ie single file in two places, all others were cleaned in disk clean up.
    These two files exist in C:|Windows\system32\Drivers also. But size is 1 kb less. First when I tried to delete with right click, I got message folder or file is being used by another program. Hence I tried disk clean up and now your suggestion. All failed.
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  9. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,188
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21354
    Thread Starter
       #28

    In that case, you could see if the free program Unlocker may be able to delete it.
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  10. Posts : 497
    windows 10 (x64) Home 20H2 19042.844
       #29

    Brink said:
    In that case, you could see if the free program Unlocker may be able to delete it.
    It says no locking handle found. Choose action you want to do. I selected delete.
    Then it says it could not be deleted. Do you want the action to be done at next reboot.
    I clicked yes. Still it can not delete in next reboot also.
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