How to delete folder Windows.old


MrWho

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I have this very large folder residing on my desktop in the C: partition. It is titled Windows.old. It is taking up a lot of my space, which I am beginning to need.
I can't move it. I can't delete it.
Furthermore, I have tried following Microsoft's procedures for deletion, but that failed. The folder did not show up.
Any thoughts? I can't be the only one with this problem. 😗 Can I?
MrWho
 
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I have this very large folder residing on my desktop in the C: partition. It is titled Windows.old. It is taking up a lot of my space, which I am beginning to need.
I can't move it. I can't delete it.
Furthermore, I have tried following Microsoft's procedures for deletion, but that failed. The folder did not show up.
Any thoughts? I can't be the only one with this problem. 😗 Can I?
MrWho
In the recent builds of Windows 11 you need to start Windows tools
I have this very large folder residing on my desktop in the C: partition. It is titled Windows.old. It is taking up a lot of my space, which I am beginning to need.
I can't move it. I can't delete it.
Furthermore, I have tried following Microsoft's procedures for deletion, but that failed. The folder did not show up.
Any thoughts? I can't be the only one with this problem. 😗 Can I?
MrWhoHi there
Hi there

@MrWho

In recent builds it's been moved.

1) open up Windows tools and choose I think in Eng Disk Utilities /or space management

My pic is in ISL but the icons are the same so in ENG should be easy to find :

Skjámynd 2022-06-23 092410.png

select say C:

Now the std "old pane" appears

Skjámynd 2022-06-23 092530.png

Cheers
jimbo
 

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In the recent builds of Windows 11 you need to start Windows tools

Hi there

@MrWho

In recent builds it's been moved.

1) open up Windows tools and choose I think in Eng Disk Utilities /or space management

My pic is in ISL but the icons are the same so in ENG should be easy to find :

View attachment 32094

select say C:

Now the std "old pane" appears

View attachment 32095

Cheers
jimbo

Disk cleanup is an option from File Explorer
 

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