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

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  1. Josiah's Avatar
    Posts : 34
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8 Pro x64 and Windows 8.1 x64
       #50

    hey guy....just use ccleaner and jus check delete old windows installation and hit run cleaner
    and ccleaner will do the rest
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  2. z31fanatic's Avatar
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    macOS Sierra, Windows 10 Pro
       #51

    Paultx said:
    I upgraded an old notebook from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and found this Windows.old folder with 30.2 GB of disk space!
    Mine was almost that big. 26GB and the disk cleanup method took care of it.
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  3. Posts : 80
    Windows 10 Professional, 64-bit
       #52

    Hi Shawn,

    We meet again. Unlocker deletes everything in Windows.old Folder except for the file IntcDAud.sys. One can rename and move the file through Unlocker but can't delete it (says file being used by some other Program) even on reboot. Maybe if UEFI Bios are temporarily changed into Legacy it might delete on reboot but I haven't tried it.

    Amarnath

    Brink said:
    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. :)
    Last edited by junglee; 11 Aug 2015 at 18:47.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21354
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       #53

    Hello Amarnath,

    It's good to see you. If you haven't already, you might also take ownership of the Windows.old folder and all contents, and try again. :)

    Owner of Files and Folders - Change in Windows 10

    Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 10
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  5. Chuck38's Avatar
    Posts : 17,133
    Windows 10
       #54

    Great tut, Shawn.

    Just cleared up 23 GB!
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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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       #55

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  7. acmanten's Avatar
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    MS Windows 10 Home
       #56

    Brink said:
    I attempting to copy that folder and files to my other backup F: drive, and it had many data files which would not copy to it, so I just delete that fold on my Drive F:

    Would there normally be file in the "windows-old" folder that could not be copied. ?

    My up grade to windows 10 seems to all be OK, or at least everything I have used seems to be OK.
    tks, Cliff M.
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21354
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       #57

    Hello Cliff,

    If you don't need anything from the Windows.old folder, then it's safe to delete using an option in the tutorial. :)
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  9. DRFP's Avatar
    Posts : 69
    windows 10
       #58

    Chuck38 said:
    Great tut, Shawn.

    Just cleared up 23 GB!
    21gb here!
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  10. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21354
    Thread Starter
       #59

    Not bad. :)
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