How do I delete $WINDOWS.~BT after failed Windows 8 install?

After many attempts to install Windows 8 on my high-end desktop, and after following all of the advice given in these threads, I have concluded that Windows 8 is simply not going to install on this machine. Behind that simple statement is significant amount of fury at Microsoft for having released a woefully defective product for which there are inadequate workarounds for installation failure. But that's a story for another day.

 

I have reverted to Windows 7 and it's working fine. The only problem is that now I have a folder named $WINDOWS.~BT on my boot drive (C:) which simply cannot be deleted. It appears to be the backup of my Windows 7 OS performed as part of the failed Windows 8 installation, but now it is a 12GB nuisance which is impeding the performance of the SSD from which my Windows 7 boots.

 

I have gone into Properties and changed ownership of the folder from TrustedInstaller to myself (and my account has administrator rights). Now when I attempts to delete the folder, it grinds through the preparation process and then demands permission from my account -- the one that is already logged in -- to perform the deletion.

 

How do I rid myself of this huge and useless folder?

 

TIA.

 

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Last updated August 30, 2019 Views 120,946 Applies to:
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Hi,

 

Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community!

 

I understand that you are unable to delete $Windows folder which occupies more space.

 

I would suggest you to follow the Steps given below.

 

Method 1:

 

To open Disk Cleanup:

 

a)      Press Windows key + R

b)      Type: %windir%\system32\cleanmgr.exe

c)       Hit Enter on your keyboard

 

Method 2:

 

Follow the steps given the link.

 

How do I remove the Windows.old folder?

 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/How-do-I-remove-the-Windows-old-folder

 

This method will remove the folder what you are referring.

 

I recommend you to select “Windows Setup temporary files” when asked.

 

Hope the information helps! Please post if you need further assistance, We are here to assist you.

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