Approx. start date
Dec 31, 1969
List of current issues
Three folders are impossible to remove
Steps taken, but unsuccessful?
Disk Cleanup tool,Unlocker,Attempt to remove the safe mode
Taking rights

Kalashnikov

New Member
I can't delete the three folders Windows.old (Windows.old,2,3),Disk Cleanup fails and leaves the catalogs together , there are the old system files,of course , most has been removed
 

Kalashnikov

New Member
Yes Rishi... I gave the information what steps it has taken,without the final result... not everything has been erased,these three folders are very annoying
 
  • Like
Reactions: Rishi

Spawn

Administrator
Verified
Staff member
If you have upgraded to Windows 10 in the past 30-days, the Windows.Old folder is needed in order to downgrade - if you didn't like Windows 10.

Force deletion of Windows.Old folder may potentially break Windows 10, as from previous experience.

Can you post a screenshot?
 

Kalashnikov

New Member
So it looks,

In the middle is a folder " WINDOWS" ,and one "Program Files".

I'm not going to give up Windows 10 , I really like , but these old folders annoys me...
 

XhenEd

Level 27
Verified
Trusted
Content Creator
Hunch tells me that this has something to do with permissions.

Edit: Oh, you've taken the rights. My hunch is probably wrong, then. :)
 

Rishi

Level 19
Verified
Trusted
You can take ownership in the right click properties>security>permissions>edit adding your local user, starting from the lowest level ---> files --->subfolders---> root directory, this is the best way to manually remove the files.

You can also use the registry hack for context menu ----> Take ownership [Tip] Add “Take Ownership” Option in Files and Folders Context Menu in Windows - AskVG

A couple of more methods aimed at doing the same can be found here : Solved Can't Delete Windows.old folder or subfolders. - Windows 10 Forums

These include using elevated cmd or distros to release the previous windows drivers held captive by microsoft renaming scheme.
 

Kalashnikov

New Member
The standard attempt to remove these folders, I get the message "In order to remove this folder , obtain permission from SYSTEM".So I am the sole owner of the laptop and the system administrator,when I change the owner of a directory on its name,I get the same message ... windows tells me to get the power from each other ...
 

Rishi

Level 19
Verified
Trusted
The standard attempt to remove these folders, I get the message "In order to remove this folder , obtain permission from SYSTEM".So I am the sole owner of the laptop and the system administrator,when I change the owner of a directory on its name,I get the same message ... windows tells me to get the power from each other ...
Try the take ownership context menu tool, and do not add admin account but the local username.Try one folder/file at a time individually. The files will also be deleted automatically once you have completed the 30 day trial limit of Microsoft windows 10.
 
  • Like
Reactions: frogboy

DJ Panda

Level 29
Verified
From personally experience don't remove Windows.old I did and ended up wrecking my computer attempting to go back to Windows 7. 1gb taking up your hard drive isn't THAT bad.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Azure
D

Deleted member 178

Windows.old removed itself after a period of time. just let it be or you can use Ccleaner or Windows built-in cleaner.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Azure

Kalashnikov

New Member
So, yes gentlemen, back after restoring the system ... I managed to erase most of the files from one folder Windows.old, but it caused complications ... Button Start menu did not respond to clicks and total system slowed .. However, there is some reason, something stops before deleting these directories, and system cleaning drive leaves the data ... Mr. Huracan was right but as you can see a man all the time to teach ...So far I discontinue further action, wait this month if it does not disappear refresh topic.
 
  • Like
Reactions: frogboy and Spawn

Carl Davidson

New Member
Hi Kalashnikov

Your problem seems familiar to me "can't delete folders". I´d recommend that you use Long Path Tool, this program is definitely for you.
Its an outstanding software I have ever used and you can easily fix file errors with this software.