Windows 10: Can't delete WindowsApps and other backup folders from storage drive

Discus and support Can't delete WindowsApps and other backup folders from storage drive in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I recently created a backup or restore point (im not sure which at this point) But it has created several folders, namely: Program Files, WindowsApps... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Skitzzy, Oct 2, 2019.

  1. Skitzzy Win User

    Can't delete WindowsApps and other backup folders from storage drive


    I recently created a backup or restore point (im not sure which at this point) But it has created several folders, namely: Program Files, WindowsApps and WpSystem, all of which are in my secondary hard drive. Windows does not recognize that I have a backup (or some remains of, I may have cancelled the backup partway through the process) in the control panel or in any backup or restore options. I have tried to force delete these files using cmd, powershell, transferring ownership, however i cannot delete them as they are either not found (in the command prompt) or are in use by SYSTEM. Any idea how I can delete these folders?

    :)
     
    Skitzzy, Oct 2, 2019
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  2. jkteddy77 Win User

    Deleting the WindowsApps folder on secondary drive?


    Hmm, which is faster. I attempted a Live Linux Drive already but it was very slow and would not boot, not to mention I don't know a thing about using linux.

    Would option 2 be easier? I looked at Macrium, but the install steps themselves are confusing me, and I fear not knowing how to navigate it once I boot to it.

    EDIT: I installed Macrium Reflect Free, went through these steps to create the media.
    Don't forget to check the UEFI/MBR box if you are attempting this yourself.
    I then booted to it, "browsed my files for an image", but for real, navigate to the WindowsApps folder on your secondary drive, and delete it. It doesn't disappear instantly, but when you exit the drive, and log back into windows, the folder will be gone.

    Thanks for the suggestion cereberus!
     
    jkteddy77, Oct 2, 2019
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  3. cereberus Win User
    Deleting the WindowsApps folder on secondary drive?


    There are two tools essential tools that everyone one should always have - Macrium Reflect Free and a dishwasher. *Smile.
     
    cereberus, Oct 2, 2019
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  4. Can't delete WindowsApps and other backup folders from storage drive

    Trouble deleting a folder

    Thanks for the suggestion but it says "delete folder failed for E:\....." for each folder I try.

    *Confused Can't delete WindowsApps and other backup folders from storage drive :confused:

    Will I be forever stuck with these unnecessary folders? *Oh Well Can't delete WindowsApps and other backup folders from storage drive :eek:hwell:
     
    oli_ramsay, Oct 2, 2019
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