Re-install of W10 created Widows.Old file that I cant delete!

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Re-install of W10 created Widows.Old file that I cant delete!

Post by Baldo »

So how do I delete this file from my C drive. its about 12GB.

When I try to delete it, I Am told that I need admin rights. I do have admin rights.
There is also another file from a previous reinstal of W10 and that is about 2GB. I have tried various widows utilities to try and get rid of this folder but nothing seems to work.

The best way seems to be to boot the system via Linux or take the SDD drive out and connect it to my laptop and then try and delete the file from there.

Any ideas?
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And when I try to use rmdir in dos I just get access denied.
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Re: Re-install of W10 created Widows.Old file that I cant delete!

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Run Windows Tools/Disk Clean up 'as Administrator'. Make sure Windows Update Clean-up is selected.
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Been there, done that. You can only remove it with a tool. IIRC Glary Utilities can remove it - there's a free version.
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Post by blinddrew »

If you go to settings > storage you should see an option there.

Guide here: https://www.bing.com/search?q=how%20to% ... 7613963963
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The Bing walk through is incorrect for build 19042...Settings>System>Storage>Temporary Files..
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Re: Re-install of W10 created Widows.Old file that I cant delete!

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I downloaded the glary utility but I get the error

Windows cannot access C:\.......gup5setup.exe

I even tried to run it as Admin.

I get the error code 0x80070043
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I've been using Glary for a long time. That file looks like the initial installation file, so I wonder if the install hasn't worked/completed for some reason. I would uninstall and re-install.
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There was no installation. I clicked on the file that I downloaded and got that error. It wont even allow me to install it.
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Post by The Elf »

That file you're referring to above is the installation file. But your system is saying that it is no longer where that link says it is.

Go download it again and run it.

Failing that - here is the latest version: https://www.dropbox.com/s/spcgt6rz27g0o ... 0.exe?dl=0
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Great. Thanks.
Done,
mangaged to install it now.

Did a disk cleanup.

How do I force it to delete a specific folder?
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As long as you let it do its full clean up hopefully you should be fixed - at least that's how I clean mine up after a big upgrade.
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