Removal of "Windows old" folder

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Tweakfiend, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. Tweakfiend

    Tweakfiend OSNN Senior Addict

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    Hi there
    I am having a problem removing the "Windows old" folder as a result of a system reinstall.
    I have juggled with the permissions but cannot gain full control to allow deletion. The size was 19GB but has been reduced to 7.6 Gb, leaving the main core of dlls etc.
    Any ideas ?
     
  2. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Delete it under "Safe Mode"


    Heeter
     
  3. tdinc

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    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    Have you tried taking ownership of the folder and then trying to delete it?
     
  5. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    The correct way to remove it is to use the Disk Cleanup utility (just type Disk Cleanup in the Start menu search box).

    Make sure you pick the ""Files from all users on this computer" option when it asks you which files to clean. You should then see a checkbox for "Previous Windows installation(s)" - check that, run the cleanup tool, and you should be all set.
     
  6. Tweakfiend

    Tweakfiend OSNN Senior Addict

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    Thanks for all the assistance
    I havd tried to take ownership of the whole folder ... but somehow failed.
    The Disk cleanup idea worked nicely, thanks to N.R.