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Can't delete windows.old folder?

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May 11, 2012 11:58:43 PM

I ran the disk cleanup to delete my previous windows installations and it won't let me get rid of the empty windows.old folder.

When I try to delete it or move to recycle bin manually it says "the file does not exist" when clearly, it does exist.

What do?

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May 12, 2012 12:04:20 AM

Try using a third party file eraser program to delete it. The file could be protected with admin permissions, try to take ownership of it then delete using right click not dragging to the recycle bin.
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May 12, 2012 12:14:56 AM

Right click the drive in My Computer and choose properties. Then click the Disk Cleanup button. Removing the old Windows files is one of the things disk cleanup can do for you.
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May 12, 2012 2:15:30 AM

willard said:
Right click the drive in My Computer and choose properties. Then click the Disk Cleanup button. Removing the old Windows files is one of the things disk cleanup can do for you.


I clearly said I tried that :sarcastic: 


What would be a third party program to use?
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May 12, 2012 2:34:21 AM

Try downloading ''unlocker'' that might do it if not just go into safe mode and login as admin
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May 13, 2012 12:03:06 AM

Best answer selected by nymedic828.
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May 13, 2012 12:03:52 AM

thanks unlocker did it.
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