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Admin Rights in Win7

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  • Windows 7
Last response: in Windows 7
September 6, 2013 2:25:33 PM

I am the administrator and the only user. I reinstalled the Operating system a few months ago and no longer need the file the reinstal created called "Windows old", but everytime I try to delete it it asks for admin permission and when I click ok it comes up with "try again" "skip" or "Cancel". I really need to get rid of this since it is no longer useful and taking up space. Can anyone help me here?

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a b $ Windows 7
September 6, 2013 2:40:30 PM

Delete it from command line.
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September 7, 2013 6:07:23 AM

markwp said:
Delete it from command line.


How?
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a b $ Windows 7
September 7, 2013 6:27:38 PM

If you are unsure how to use command line, I hesitate to try to give you instructions as improperly done, it could destroy other data. Instead, please see THIS help page at microsoft and see if that will help.

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September 7, 2013 11:43:59 PM

markwp said:
If you are unsure how to use command line, I hesitate to try to give you instructions as improperly done, it could destroy other data. Instead, please see THIS help page at microsoft and see if that will help.

Mark


The disk cleanup app failed, but thanks anyway.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 8, 2013 5:10:00 AM

Sorry that did not work for you. In the meantime, I did find a good command line tutorial for you HERE. Give that method a try.

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September 8, 2013 10:07:06 AM

Boy this is really messed up, the CMD didn't work either. Everything worked fine up until I used this "Attrib /S -r -a -s -h Windows.old" without the quotes naturally. After I hit enter I couldn't do anything else

Thanks for trying, I guess I'll just have to live with it. By the way - That info is for Windows 8. I went to the start menu and found the shortcut for the CMD, I right clicked and saw this "Take Ownership" clicking on that brought up a exe start box (Like you get when you install a new program asking if you want to allow the program to make changes to the computer (I didn't do it) would that have helped?
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a b $ Windows 7
September 8, 2013 10:58:24 AM

Download YUMI (here) and one of the ubuntu distros (here). Install YUMI on your pc and create a bootable usb with the ubuntu distro. Boot to the usb and choose "try" (not install). When ubuntu is running, go to files, then choose your c: drive (it may say windows or something else), drill down to the windows.old folder, right click and delete.
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