I am having trouble deleting my Windows.old folder due to file permissions.
I have an HP h8-1000z running Windows 8 Pro (a home install). I recently just cloned my hard drive from a 1TB Hitachi to a 120GB Intel Cherryville SSD. Going to such a small drive, I'm looking to get as much room as I can freed up. My windows.old folder
is about 10GB of wasted space at the moment. I have tried adjusting the Ownership of the folder and the files contained in conjunction with changing the permissions. My account is an Admin account but even when I adjust the permissions to allow for full access
to admins, I still get the following error message:
Folder Access Denied
You need permission to perform this action
You require permission from josh-HP\Administrators to make changes to this folder.
(josh-HP is the name of my rig).
I have tried giving permissions to users, administrator, administrators, and everyone but nothing seems to work. I even attempted to delete the file in safe mode to no avail. If anyone has any reccomendations they could make, my ears are wide open.
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From the Desktop - WinKey + X OR Right Click in the lower left hand corner -
Command Prompt (Admin) ; OR from the Start Screen just start typing CMD
or from the Charms Menu - Search - Apps - CMD -> then Right Click on it -
then on lower screen "Run as Administrator".
2. The Prompt probably looks like C:\Windows\System32>
Type this at the prompt and then hit ENTER
Now the prompt should look like C:\>
3: Type this at the prompt and then hit ENTER
Should look like C:\>DIR Windows.old
It should return
Directory of C:\Windows.old
and show the contents of Windows.old
That is just to make sure the Windows.old folder is under C: (the C Drive) - if not STOP
4. Type this at the prompt and then hit ENTER
Attrib /S -r -a -s -h Windows.old
Should look like C:\>Attrib /S -r -a -s -h Windows.old
(there are SPACES between Attrib and /S and -r and -a and -s and -h and Windows.old )
It should return you to the prompt C:\ if it shows and ERROR then STOP - check the command
and if it was typed correctly you are not in the correct spot.
5. Type this at the prompt and then hit ENTER
RD /s Windows.old
Should look like C:\>RD /s Windows.old
(there are SPACES between RD and /s and Windows.old )
Will return Windows.old, are your sure Y/N type Y
(If you get a message that you do not have Ownership Rights then issue this command
and hit ENTER )
TAKEOWN /f Windows.old /a /r
and repeat Step 5 - were you using an Elevated Command Prompt?
6: Type this at the prompt and then hit ENTER
Should look like C:\>DIR Windows.old - and hit ENTER
It should return
Directory of C:\
File Not Found
Which confirms it is gone.
7. Close the COMMAND window
Hope this helps.
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP <- profile - Windows Expert - Consumer : Bicycle <- Mark Twain said it right!
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current
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