Windows 10: Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 10
Love that program! Always one of the first programs I install on new systems and one that I run regularly. Alas, in this case all it can get back is about 30MB.
From the Administrative Tools menu after searching for it in the Start screen. Not only is there no checkbox, but now I notice no "Cleanup System Files" button either.
When I "Run" cleanmgr it the button appears, as does the checkbox; over 5GB freed! Cleanmgr must have some "better" rights when run that way.
Maybe an update to the steps might be prudent, and many thanks..
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Here's a simple way:
1. Go to My PC
2. Right-click the C: drive to get the context menu
3. Left-click Properties
4. Left-click the "Disk Cleanup" box
It will start calculating and display the Disk Cleanup window, with some items checked.
5. Left-click "Cleanup system files"
It will recalculate and display the Disk Cleanup window again.
Check off any items you want to delete and click OK.
Answer "Yes" to the confirmation screen.
It will display a cleaning-up progress screen.
Note: the "More Options" tab at the top of "Disk Cleanup" is best left alone for now.
Please post some screenshots showing step by step what you see versus what's in the tutorial to see what the issue may be.
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It does indeed. That is Option 4 and the easiest option.
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I'm going to have to give CCleaner a go I think as this ASUS Probe folder just won't go away.
Thing is I never installed ASUS probe, only the fan control option of AI Suite III. I suppose it can all be sorted through a clean install but why that's locked is really bugging me.
I had this problem, just used this to change ownership of it Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 10
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Much appreciated, I'm having the same problem in 10162 only it's the Windows Telemetry that's buggering things up this time. I'll give that a go.
Thanks for this tutorial, but this only seemed to partially delete this folder. I've tried all options, and only the first couple have made a difference. When I tried the second option, it would say 'access denied' for a lot of files. The third option would just say "This folder isn't empty." I've made a thread of this issue if you need more information, but how would I bypass this?
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I ran Disk Cleanup a few times and finally my stubborn folders gave in and Windows.old disappeared without my even knowing, I checked this morning and it was gone (it had been there a while from when I upgraded to the RTM build from the last Insider build). A couple of reboots and another couple of rounds of Disk Cleanup may do the trick.
I just installed the latest build and as I have a rather small drive c: I wanted to delete the Windows.old files. I, had two of them. Disk Cleanup deleted Windows.old but left Windows.old(1). Not much left inside that Windows.old(1) folder but I...
Insider updates from 10130 to 10158 to 10159 to 10162 in fairly quick succession, and tried to delete Windows.old. After an age at 98%, then having to manually skip a load of stuff, it still seems as full as ever.
Is there an easy way to remove the...
I was purusing my C Drive and noticed Windows.old...just wanted to check if it was safe to delete (imagine upgrade from Slow Ring to Fast Ring 10130 created this)
I'm on the Fast Ring - I ain't got time for old stuff!
I totally feel like I want to delete it, and I'll probably delete it regardless of what you guys say, but I still want to ask. Is there a reason why I should not want to delete it ?
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If you have the System Reserved partition.
Just DELETE the Windows 10 partition.
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