Windows 10: The Windows.old folder will not delete

Discus and support The Windows.old folder will not delete in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; So I followed these steps: I opened my search box. In the search box, type Admin, I right clicked Disk Cleanup and selected run as... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Raven2099, May 13, 2016.

  1. Raven2099 Win User

    The Windows.old folder will not delete


    So I followed these steps:


    • I opened my search box.

    • In the search box, type Admin, I right clicked Disk Cleanup and selected run as Administrator.
    • In the Disk Cleanup dialog, I clicked Clean up system files.

    • I select the Previous Windows installation(s) check box, and then clicked OK.

    • I then clicked Delete files.


      the folder is still there.... any ideas what to do now???

    :)
     
    Raven2099, May 13, 2016
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  2. How to delete the windows.old folders

    I found a source. The old windows.old folders can not be deleted easily. But the empty windows.old folders can easily be deleted by using a Software tool "Puran Delete Empty Folders".

    Thanks for all who suggested me to delete the windows.old folders from C.Drive.
     
    SudhakarPaladugu, May 13, 2016
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  3. How to delete the windows.old folders

    After upgrading to the latest Preview Builds, I used to deleted the previous installation folders. Even though the previous installation was deleted, a windows.old folder remains. Thus there are windows.old, windows.old(1) to windows.old(4) (Total
    five folders) are remained in C.Drive. I ran the Command Prompt with Admn.. to delete these folders. But it says 'access is denied'. I am asking how to remove these extra folders.
     
    SudhakarPaladugu, May 13, 2016
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  4. davidhk Win User

    The Windows.old folder will not delete

    Can you open the folder and see what are left behind ?

    If the folder is empty > right click > Delete.
     
    davidhk, May 13, 2016
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  5. Raven2099 Win User
    inside are :
    Program Files>Windows Defender a bunch of dll and 2 exe files
    Windows and a few folders like Fonts-Assembly-Microsoft.NET

    none will delete
    I took ownership and they still won't delete
     
    Raven2099, May 13, 2016
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  6. Raven2099 Win User
    Raven2099, May 13, 2016
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  7. davidhk Win User
    davidhk, May 13, 2016
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  8. Raven2099 Win User

    The Windows.old folder will not delete

    and yes in administrative mode

    how can i tell if one of the things in the folders are running in the background so i can stop it and maybe try again.. that could be the issue
     
    Raven2099, May 13, 2016
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  9. Raven2099 Win User
    working on ccleaner right now - will update
     
    Raven2099, May 13, 2016
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  10. davidhk Win User
    Neither can I.
    My apology for wasting your time.

    Someone will come along to help you.
    Good luck.
     
    davidhk, May 13, 2016
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  11. EdTittel Win User
    I've been in your situation and have found two possible avenues down which to proceed:
    1. the sure-fire method is to build yourself a bootable Linux USB drive, boot to that drive, mount the system drive as a Linux volume, then root around in the file system to do what you must. This article explains how: How to mount partition with ntfs file system and read write access.
    2. Try booting from a repair or other bootable USB Windows 10 installer, get into the repair facility, go to the command line, and delete the files from here. You'll have to take ownership once again, but you may be able to successfully delete the Windows.old stuff in this context (notice I said "may", which is why I recommend the Linux approach).
    HTH,
    --Ed--
     
    EdTittel, May 13, 2016
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  12. caperjack Win User
    have you shutdown and rebooted windows since you did the above
     
    caperjack, May 13, 2016
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  13. neveready Win User

    The Windows.old folder will not delete

    When I delete mine it usually leaves behind a couple of .dll files but will usually disappear after restart.
     
    neveready, Apr 4, 2018
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