Windows 10: How do I remove old Windows files from secondary drive?

Discus and support How do I remove old Windows files from secondary drive? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; My Present D: drive was once my primary C: drive. When i got a nice new SSD i did a clean W10 OS install on it and it became my C:, with the prior... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by brucemc777, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. How do I remove old Windows files from secondary drive?


    My Present D: drive was once my primary C: drive.

    When i got a nice new SSD i did a clean W10 OS install on it and it became my C:, with the prior becoming the afore cited D:.

    Now i have the following folders and files coming off the D: root and i want to get rid of them, yet i am getting messages such as "You require permission from TrustedInstaller to make changes to this folder", same scenario when i try to get rid of \Program Files\ and \Program Files (86)\.

    Folders:
    D:\Boot\
    D:\MapData\
    D:\Program Files\
    D:\Program Files(86)\
    D:\ProgramData\
    D:\Windows\
    D:\WindowsApps\ D:\WpSystem\

    Files:
    D:$WINRE_BACKUP_PARTITION.MARKER (Should this stay or go?)
    D:bootmgr
    D:BOOTNXT
    D:BOOTSECT.BAK
    DHow do I remove old Windows files from secondary drive? :pagefile.sys
    D:swapfile.sys

    When i try:
    D: | Properties | Disk CleanUp | Clean up system files
    it does not show anything other than:
    • Windows upgrade log files
    • DirectX Shader Cache
    • Recycle Bin

    I also get rather nervous when attempting to delete "my" folder within the D:\Users\ sub-directory ( Specifically D:\Users , not C:\Users) for even though i have mine over in C:, D:\Users contains 12 hidden "Junction"s and 11 files, all files being variant naming of "ntuser".

    I want to free up Gigs of wasted space, but do not want to do anything stupid! (I have done "stupid" too many times in the past and have paid the price). What can i blow away, and how can i go about it relatively safely?

    Thank-you, everyone, for your knowledge and advice-

    :)
     
    brucemc777, Mar 4, 2019
    #1
  2. Pavan_N Win User

    apps not working on secondary drive

    Hi Lomavista,

    Please answer these questions to assist you better.

    • Do you get any error message?
    • Which apps are you referring to?

    Follow the steps below and check if that helps.

    Step 1: Install all app updates from Windows Store.

    Check for updates for apps and games from Windows Store

    Step 2: I suggest you to download and run the app troubleshooter from the below link and check if it helps.

    Run the Windows App Troubleshooter

    Do let us know if you are able to use all apps from secondary drive. Thank you.
     
    Pavan_N, Mar 4, 2019
    #2
  3. Quick search not working on secondary drives on windows 10

    Hi Foxybite,

    We appreciate you for being a part of Windows 10.

    Before proceeding, we need more information to help you better.


    • What type of files you are trying to search in the search bar?

    • What do you refer to when you say secondary drives? Is it the other partition on the hard drive/external hard drive like flash drives or etc.?
    Kindly follow the below steps and check if you are able to fix the issue.

    Step 1:

    You can run the Search and indexing troubleshooter
    in Windows 10 and check if it helps. Follow the below steps to run Search and indexing
    troubleshooter.


    • Press Windows + X keys on the keyboard and select
      Control Panel

    • Type Troubleshooting in the search bar on the
      Control Panel.

    • Click on View all on the left navigation pane.

    • Click on Search and indexing.

    • Click on Advanced on the
      Search and indexing
      dialog box and click on Run as administrator (Enter the credentials if required).

    • Click on Next and follow onscreen instruction complete the
      Search and indexing troubleshooter.

    Step 2:

    Try to add your secondary drive in the indexing options.


    • Type in the Indexing options in the start search box and click on
      Indexing options from the search bar results.

    • Click on Modify on the Indexing options window. (Enter

    • Check the secondary drive (which you need to fetch the results from the search box) and click on
      OK button. (If the secondary drive is not visible, click on
      Show all locations,
      enter the administrator credentials if prompted))

    • Now, try to search and check if you are able to fetch the results.
    I hope the above information helps. Kindly let us know if you need any further assistance with the issue. We are glad to assist you.

    Thank you.
     
    Kiran Kishore, Mar 4, 2019
    #3
  4. slozomby Win User

    How do I remove old Windows files from secondary drive?

    Recent File List

    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file1

    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file2
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file3
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file4
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file5
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file6
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file7
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file8
    Remove-ItemProperty -Path "Registry::HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Applets\Paint\Recent File List" -name file9
    ...

    you get the idea. ( too lazy to put it in a for loop and test it.

    or just open regedit and remove all the fileX from that key.
     
    slozomby, Mar 4, 2019
    #4
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