Windows 10: Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 10
Actually booting into safe mode, taking ownership of windows.old and all subs and then right-clicking delete worked for me every time. Even for the nasty Intel driver that remains after a cleanup. I heard it's a permission issue not that the file is actually still being used like reported by windows explorer.
Thank you Brink! Option 3 (boot to command prompt) worked on 2 computers but did not work on a 3rd computer. RMDIR /S C:\Windows.old accessed the system reserved partition rather than the C: partition and therefore could not find the Windows.old folder. How do I correct this? I do not want to delete the system reserved partition and risk corrupting the boot process.
Just running Disk Cleanup on C-drive should remove the windows.old folder. Start it up, then choose System files, and then check all the options....then run it.....not that hard.
I can't say about deleting the full Windows.old folder using the applet Unlocker because I deleted mine by using Windows 10' "Disk Cleanup" located in "Windows Adminstrative Tools" Sub-Folder but a few remaining files that "Disk Cleanup" couldn't get rid of could be easily deleted using Unlocker during the next boot.
I ran cleanmgr initially. It did NOT remove the windows.old folder. Insufficient permissions...access denied...etc. Method 3 posted by Brink(boot to command prompt) did work on other computers that had been upgraded to Windows 10 but not this one for the reason I noted in the original post. (cmd accesses "system reserved" partition rather than C partition)
UPDATE: I was able to delete this folder from within Windows using unlocker 1.9.2
The question of how to make a command prompt at boot find the C partition rather than the system reserved partition is a matter for another day.
Last edited by jhcarver; 27 Dec 2015 at 12:07.
Agreed, you might see if using the free program Unlocker may be able to delete the Windows.old folder.
There seems to be nothing new being reported over here now as all avenues have been discovered and used.
I used option one and worked great, thank you Shawn - (Hugs)
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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