Windows 10: Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 10
You could try taking ownership and setting permissions to "Allow" "Full control" to see if you may be able to afterwards.
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I had exactly the same problem when updating from 10166 to 10240 (and in previous updates), what I did find was that after a while the Windows.old folder does get deleted. I ran Disk Cleanup after every boot and somewhere along the line the folder got nuked, my advice would be to have a little bit of patience and keep running Disk Cleanup after every boot, eventually Windows.old will go. I also ran CCleaner (choosing Windows.old only) so that may have helped.
I have taken the ownership. But during deletion, it says it is being used in program. But unlocker says it is not being used by any.
Have you tried deleting it in a command prompt at boot (not safe mode) to see if it may delete there since it wouldn't be in use?
You meant to say to boot in command prompt mode or command prompt after normal booting?
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I tried to remove the windows.old dir using the method with cleanmgr. This removed about all from this directory, except for the two user directories in it. So the folder remained on C: A second attempt showed that the folder was no longer shown in the list of removable systemfiles. After that I used the method of the command prompt at boot. In the command prompt screen I went to C: and the windows.old folder is shown. When I entered 'del windows.old' the system asked for confirmation I tell it Y but after that the dir was still there.
What is the next method to get rid of this dir?
Completely new here. I tried everything to get rid of windows.old. It didn't work or was too complicated.
I found a much easier way to delete it: Get a program like Parted Magic which boots from disc and have a file explorer in it. Delete windows.old, thats it. Since two days I found no bugs in Win 10 because I have done this.
Hope it helps
I booted to Command prompt using settings|update & security|recovery|advanced options.
When I did rd /s /q C:\windows.old, I got message folder is not empty.
I thought I will cd to last folder and del file.
I could go up to Driver store folder. When I cd File repository, I get msg Access denied.
If able, try booting from installation media instead, then open a command prompt at boot like in OPTION ONE. This way you will be completely outside the OS.
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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