How can I remove “Windows.old.000”?__

After reloading a 64 bit Vista O S I have the old operating system that I want to remove to regain the space called: “Windows.old.000”. But everything I have failed: I have Admin permissions, tried in Command Prompt mode.. ..  fails


And the system says I do not have permission.

How can I remove “Windows.old.000”?


How to remove the Windows.old folder that is generated when you perform a custom installation of Windows Vista

  1. Click Start
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    , click All Programs, click Accessories, and then click System Tools.
  2. Click Disk Cleanup.
  3. In the Disk Cleanup Options dialog box, click Files from all users on this computer.

    Note If the User Account Control dialog box appears, type the administrator password, and then click OK. Otherwise, click Continue.
  4. In the Disk Cleanup:Drive Selection dialog box, select the hard disk drive that you want to clean up, and then click OK. Wait while the system scans the computer for unnecessary files.
  5. Click the Disk Cleanup tab, and then look for the Previous Windows installations check box.
  6. If you find the Previous Windows installations check box, click to select it, and then click OK.

    If you do not find this check box, go to step 7.
  7. When you are prompted to confirm the removal of files, click Delete Files.
  8. Wait while the system removes the files. You have now removed the Windows.old folder.
For more information about the Windows.old folder, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
933209  ( ) How to retrieve files from an earlier version of Windows in Windows Vista


Mick Murphy - Microsoft Partner

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Last updated April 16, 2021 Views 53,963 Applies to: