Solved Unable to Delete Windows.Old Folder Windows 11 22H2


bikemanI7

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Did my first ever over the top upgrade from original Windows 11 to 22H2, anyways i ran storage sense, and disk cleanup, it said Previous WIndows Installation Removed, but Windows.Old folder still present on C NvMe SSD drive.

Do i have to take the time and do a clean install anyways of everything just to get rid of that folder?

I assume if i did clean install right i'd just setup my normal MS Account as Main account, then somehow add my Local PC Admin account after the install, and switch the MS Account one back to Standard user, and keep Local PC Admin one as Admin

Alot of work, but don't want C space taken up for useless files if i can help it. Should i shutdown and disconnect all other drives first, or will doing clean install be fine if i go that route with all of them connected, and just wipe the M.2 SSD, and do the clean install, then wipe the other drives once system back up and running and user accounts sorted.
 

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No, there are ways, but rest assured that 1) it doesn't hurt anything, and 2) you don't need it gone, it will usually go away after a while, in most cases, especially after a reboot or 3.

Usually, it is a stubborn file somewhere (that is also marked as system and hidden) that gets in the way. I know a few users have reported something similar here as well, every time it pops up it is either a particular update, or else the System thinking it needs it there for whatever reason.

However, if you want it gone, clean install will probably be better, and yes, you can do pretty much as you've described, except that once I had it installed in the VM that I tested it in, after using my Microsoft account, in Windows Settings I *did* have the option to change to a local account only (Windows 11 Pro - don't know it Home offers that, I suspect it does not). But your plan sounds good enough to use for what you want to accomplish.
 

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Oh Ok then leaves alone for now then, was starting to get on my nerves wasn't removing lol. I got enough space it looks like to not really worry on it anyways it appears for the moment, if it not gone in a few weeks or when the first "Moments" update comes out, then might just do my clean install then.



Continues with system cleanup with other folders, and moves onto PC gaming in a bit here in that case
 

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Yeah, just monitor it, if it keeps filling back up with GB of stuff, maybe get concerned.

IIRC, I also remember at least one user here who had issues with it ... until the next big update came, at which point using the Storage clean function actually cleaned it out and got rid of it too.
 

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I had the same problem. I ran chkdsk C: /r, afterwards I was able to delete windows.old
 

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Showing as 0 Bytes anyways, will do the Chkdsk C:/R command shortly here or soon as have time to, and hopefully all issues solved after that
 

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mine was 0 bytes as well
 

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Chkdsk completed, States No Permission to Delete though even with Admin account, so for now just gonna leave it, and carry on with other PC Tasks, and eventually in the future when got time, might just tackle with clean install at that point.

Who knows it may go away on it's own at some point

This was just first time i ever did a major Windows Update via upgrade method after created the USB flash drive with Media Creation tool, on Windows 10 every feature update usually twice a year did a clean install, i know probably way too much lol, but at least system was always squeakly clean lol
 

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I managed to remove windows.old over here > system > storage > cleaning recommendations
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I believe windows.old is deleted 10 days after you update windows :)
 

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Yeah i tried Cleanup Recommendations area, Nothing

Tried Disk Cleanup

Even tried from Safe Mode

So whatever is causing the folder to be 0 Bytes, and still there who knows, eventually i make sure personal data backup is up to date, and gather drivers, and stuff, might break down and conduct clean install, then do a new base System image with Macrium Reflect Home, and should be fine after that in the future.

No other issues so for now can live with this issue for time being
 

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    16GB DDR4 2400mhz
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    EVGA Geforce 1660 Super
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    Asus VG245H
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    1920x1080
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    M.2 Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500GB Boot
    Samsung 860 Evo 1TB-Game SSD
    Western Digital Black 4TB Storage Drive

    External
    Western Digital Elements 500GB
    Western Digital My Passport 2TB
    Toshiba 2TB in External Enclosure
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    EVGA G3 650 Watt
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Yeah i tried Cleanup Recommendations area, Nothing

Tried Disk Cleanup

Even tried from Safe Mode

So whatever is causing the folder to be 0 Bytes, and still there who knows, eventually i make sure personal data backup is up to date, and gather drivers, and stuff, might break down and conduct clean install, then do a new base System image with Macrium Reflect Home, and should be fine after that in the future.

No other issues so for now can live with this issue for time being
Could try using REVO to see what it shows, Either that or TreeSize is good for showing where things actually are. Windows storage told me i had 50gb in temp. I checked with revo and Treesize..Yeah windows was full of bs, was like 2gb in temp lol
 

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Finally Removed Somehow after i wasn't watching it, Guess WIndows finally decided ok we'll delete this now lol.

Only other thing i did was repair Samsung Magician Software after uninstalling it, and reinstalling it, as after the 22H2 upgrade, it was getting stuck on Scanning for Drive information, Then disabled Indexing like i normally do, then a bit of PC gaming, and opened Explorer again just now, and no more Windows.Old in the C:\ Drive list
 

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    Memory
    16GB DDR4 2400mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA Geforce 1660 Super
    Sound Card
    Onboard Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus VG245H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    M.2 Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500GB Boot
    Samsung 860 Evo 1TB-Game SSD
    Western Digital Black 4TB Storage Drive

    External
    Western Digital Elements 500GB
    Western Digital My Passport 2TB
    Toshiba 2TB in External Enclosure
    Seagate 8TB in External Enclosure
    PSU
    EVGA G3 650 Watt
    Case
    Thermaltake V200 TG RGB
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    Intel Stock CPU Cooler, 3 Front Intake Fans, 1 120 Exhaust in rear of case
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    Logitech G213
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Finally Removed Somehow after i wasn't watching it, Guess WIndows finally decided ok we'll delete this now lol.

Only other thing i did was repair Samsung Magician Software after uninstalling it, and reinstalling it, as after the 22H2 upgrade, it was getting stuck on Scanning for Drive information, Then disabled Indexing like i normally do, then a bit of PC gaming, and opened Explorer again just now, and no more Windows.Old in the C:\ Drive list

I had a feeling that would happen. And thanks for the heads up on Samsung Magician. I haven't run that since installing 22H2, and my 980 Pros are due for some testing.
 

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    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * 32 GB - Corsair Vengeance 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor (Matte finish) | Eve Spectrum ES07DC9 4K Gaming Monitor (Glossy finish)
    Screen Resolution
    4K x2
    Hard Drives
    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM)
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
    Cooling
    ZXT KRAKEN Z73 73.11 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (3x 120 mm push top) + Air 3x 140mm case fans (pull front) + 1x 120 mm (push back) and 1 x 120 mm (pull bottom)
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard
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    Logitech MX Master 3S
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
    Browser
    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable),Chrome, Edge/ß/Dev/Canary
    Antivirus
    Defender
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    CHromeOS Flex v108 Dev
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    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryvill 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
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    Dell
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    Dell
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    Logitech MX Master 3S (shared w. Sys 1) | Dell TouchPad
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    Dell
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When I've had problems deleting something that was resisting being deleted in Windows, I just bypass Windows entirely.
I've usually been doing this for a customer, and I'm on the Clock. So, why fight with it?

I boot up the PC in DOS, with my DOS Utilities disk ,or Flash Drive, and run "NTFS4DOS", which lets me access every file on the C: drive, from my DOS Prompt.
Then I can go into C: and access the offending file and delete it. If I use the old DOS Deltree.exe command, I can take out an entire tree structure in one command.
It's Old School, but it still works like a champ.

Cheers Mates!
TM :cool:

PS: Windows has a back door, and it's called DOS! What you can't do via the front door, (Windows) can usually be done via the back door (DOS).
 
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hsehestedt

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I just did it on a system about an hour ago :-).

The method I use is this:

1) Open an elevated command prompt.
2) Run cleanmgr c: /sageset:65535
3) Check all available boxes (you don't need to select them all, but that is what I do).
4) Run cleanmgr /sagerun:65535
 

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Just create a Linux setup "USB stick" (Linux MINT) and just delete the folder
 

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Just create a Linux setup "USB stick" (Linux MINT) and just delete the folder
The last time I did that was on an old Windows 8 system after updating it to Windows 8.1. Luckily, I never had a problem deleting the windows.old file during Win 10 or Win 11 updates.
 

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Just create a Linux setup "USB stick" (Linux MINT) and just delete the folder
How would that help him delete windows.old?
May as well have said, Just get in a plane..know where you wanna go..and fly there.

It couldn't be more simple. Either wait the 10 days and it will do it itself...or download REVO or TreeSize( Or something similar) and remove it there. It isn't a rocket science question.
 

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Yeah and WIndows seemed to solve it itself after i did some other tasks, checked C:\ directory list again and it was gone.

All should be good now
 

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