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How can I delete windows.old ?

  1. #1


    Daniel Royer Guest

    How can I delete windows.old ?

    I had to reinstall Vista Home premium several times on my son's laptop.
    Now he's stuck with three folders named "windows.old", "windows.old.000"
    and " windows.old.001" which I can't delete.
    I tried safe mode: no way. I tried safe mode and command line "dos
    commands like del, rd, etc" no way either. All of this as administrator
    of course.
    Any idea?

    Daniel



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  2. #2


    Malke Guest

    Re: How can I delete windows.old ?

    Daniel Royer wrote:

    > I had to reinstall Vista Home premium several times on my son's laptop.
    > Now he's stuck with three folders named "windows.old", "windows.old.000"
    > and " windows.old.001" which I can't delete.
    > I tried safe mode: no way. I tried safe mode and command line "dos
    > commands like del, rd, etc" no way either. All of this as administrator
    > of course.
    1. Click Start
    2. Select All Programs
    3. Select Accessories
    4. Click System Tools
    5. Pick Disc Cleanup
    6. Select Files from all users on this computer
    7. Confirm the UAC
    8. Select the drive that contains your old installation
    9. One of the options will be to delete your old installation. Select it and
    let the Disc Cleanup Utility do its thing.

    Malke
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  3. #3


    Doug Guest

    Re: How can I delete windows.old ?

    What has worked for me in this sort of situation is as follows:

    In the folder's Tools/Folder Options/View/ make sure the radio button is set
    to Show hidden files and folders, and that Hide Extensions and Hide
    protected operating system files are both unchecked. Right click on the
    folder and make it and all its sub-contents READ ONLY. Then REVERSE THAT so
    that you are sure that NOTHING in the folder or its subfolders is read only.

    Then chip away at the contents of any recalcitrant folders (perhaps by
    holding down the shift key to avoid filling up your recycle bin, though do
    this with care as there is no way back) and deleting individual files in
    batches of about twenty. Eventually you will get rid of them. The most
    persistant may hang around until you have rebooted a couple of times.

    Make sure that your folder options are as you wish them to be when it's all
    over.

    But there must be a better way! Doug.

    "Daniel Royer" <daniel@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:OVdFoRgdIHA.148@xxxxxx

    >I had to reinstall Vista Home premium several times on my son's laptop. Now
    >he's stuck with three folders named "windows.old", "windows.old.000" and "
    >windows.old.001" which I can't delete.
    > I tried safe mode: no way. I tried safe mode and command line "dos
    > commands like del, rd, etc" no way either. All of this as administrator of
    > course.
    > Any idea?
    >
    > Daniel

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    John Barnes Guest

    Re: How can I delete windows.old ?

    Follow Malke's advice and you will have a quick easy clean-up

    "Daniel Royer" <daniel@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:OVdFoRgdIHA.148@xxxxxx

    >I had to reinstall Vista Home premium several times on my son's laptop. Now
    >he's stuck with three folders named "windows.old", "windows.old.000" and "
    >windows.old.001" which I can't delete.
    > I tried safe mode: no way. I tried safe mode and command line "dos
    > commands like del, rd, etc" no way either. All of this as administrator of
    > course.
    > Any idea?
    >
    > Daniel
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > _________________________________
    > Daniel Royer
    > University of Geneva
    > daniel at royer dot ch

      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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