Can’t Delete ” Windows.old ” Folder in Windows 10
“Hi Wally, I have a computer that I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 using the upgrade option. The upgrade went well. But, I noticed that there was a huge folder in C drive named Windows.old
It is taking a lot of disk space. I tried deleting it once, but it won’t go away Please help me. I need to remove it to free up disk space. Thank You” – Charles A., Australia
Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:
- Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win7, XP, Vista – Microsoft Gold Certified).
- Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
- Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.
Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.
Wally’s Answer: Many Windows users have gone through the process of upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10. However, many of them complain about the big Windows.old folder on their hard drive.
Here, we will tell you what that folder is; if you should remove it; and how you would remove it from your computer.
The user is not able to delete the Windows.old folder from the system partition. The folder is found in C:\Windows.old unless the user installed Windows on some other partition. The following error may appear when trying to do so:
“You need permission from SYSTEM to make changes to this folder”
And, sometimes, the following message:
“You require permission from TrustedInstaller to make changes to this file”
Here is how to remove the Windows.old folder from the hard drive in Windows 10.
What Is The Windows.old Folder?
The Windows.old folder is created when you upgrade from one version of Windows to another. It contains files from each user’s profile and settings from the previous version of windows. This folder is very important if you want to downgrade Windows back to the previous version.
Remove The Windows.old Folder Using Disk Cleanup
The easiest way to remove the Windows.old folder from the computer is by using the Disk Cleanup utility built-into Windows.
- Press the Windows Key and type Disk Cleanup to search for it. Click the Disk Cleanup utility icon to launch it
- Select the System Partition. It is usually C:
If you’re not sure, then click the one with the blue flag icon. Then, click OK.
- Wait while Disk Cleanup launches.
- Select the files that you want to remove from your computer. You can select all of these files if you want. The Windows.old folder should also be listed as Previous Windows installation(s).
- When you’re all set, click OK to continue.
Disk Cleanup Error: Some Files Are Still In Use
If Disk Cleanup refuses to delete some files saying that they are “still in use” then you can try to delete them by starting Windows in Clean Boot mode. There is a chance that some program is using these files, and starting in Clean Boot can unlock these files.
Click here to learn how to start Windows in Clean Boot mode.
Is Your PC Healthy?
I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.
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