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After Upgrading How Can I Remove Windows.Old?

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  • Windows Server 2008 R2 upgraded to 2012 fine and I don't want to go back.  I'd like to reclaim the space utilized by Windows.old.  Simply right clicking on it and choosing to delete it is blocked by security.  Is there another way?  How can this be done?  What tool exists to make this a simple process?

    Dale Unroe




    • Edited by Dale DU-IT Thursday, September 06, 2012 8:38 PM
    Thursday, September 06, 2012 8:36 PM

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  • thanks but Option 1 - Windows 2012 doesn't have cleanmgr.exe application, and Option 2 - Access Denied

    ...did not work

    Option 3 is not possible from this remote location and is a PITA in any case to boot in to Repair mode just to delete a directory

    ...so I improvised and claimed ownership of the parent folder as well as ensured I had Full Control and that all child folders and files were altered to inherit these attributes - at that point I deleted the folder successfully


    Dale Unroe

    • Marked as answer by Dale DU-IT Friday, September 07, 2012 4:08 AM
    Friday, September 07, 2012 4:08 AM
  • Another obvious need missed by Microsoft. Honestly, did no one say "hey, I think the server admins want to recover 10GB of C drive space after an upgrade"?
    • Marked as answer by Dale DU-IT Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:56 PM
    Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:48 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Please follow the steps in the below articles:

    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8

    How to remove Windows.old Folder in Windows 8

    http://techdows.com/2011/09/windows-old-folder-in-windows-8.html

    How do I remove the Windows.old folder

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

    Regards,

    Yan Li


    Yan Li

    TechNet Community Support



    Friday, September 07, 2012 2:17 AM
    Moderator
  • thanks but Option 1 - Windows 2012 doesn't have cleanmgr.exe application, and Option 2 - Access Denied

    ...did not work

    Option 3 is not possible from this remote location and is a PITA in any case to boot in to Repair mode just to delete a directory

    ...so I improvised and claimed ownership of the parent folder as well as ensured I had Full Control and that all child folders and files were altered to inherit these attributes - at that point I deleted the folder successfully


    Dale Unroe

    • Marked as answer by Dale DU-IT Friday, September 07, 2012 4:08 AM
    Friday, September 07, 2012 4:08 AM
    • Proposed as answer by DSage5 Wednesday, February 27, 2013 9:45 PM
    • Edited by HNaga Thursday, June 12, 2014 5:51 AM
    Sunday, October 28, 2012 12:53 PM
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 upgraded to 2012 fine and I don't want to go back.  I'd like to reclaim the space utilized by Windows.old.  Simply right clicking on it and choosing to delete it is blocked by security.  Is there another way?  How can this be done?  What tool exists to make this a simple process?

    Dale Unroe




    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/15221.enabling-disk-cleanup-utility-in-windows-server-2012.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0

    Regards, Wirya

    Wednesday, March 05, 2014 6:57 AM
  • Another obvious need missed by Microsoft. Honestly, did no one say "hey, I think the server admins want to recover 10GB of C drive space after an upgrade"?
    • Marked as answer by Dale DU-IT Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:56 PM
    Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:48 PM
  • Do you know if this offers the cleanup of Windows.old?

    Dale Unroe

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:58 PM
  • Option 1 is possible, if you're to install "Desktop Experience", which is part of "User interfaces and infrastructure" feature.

    This how it looks before the install:

    This is how it looks after cleanup:


    Memento Mori

    • Proposed as answer by TheFreyMan Wednesday, August 05, 2015 2:51 AM
    Monday, February 02, 2015 6:43 AM
  • This worked for me (installing the "Desktop Experience", which is part of "User interfaces and infrastructure" feature) on a virtual machine upgrade from Windows 2008 R2 to Windows 2012 R2.  It removed everything but one .DLL file that I removed manually.

    It also allows you to remove older service pack files, which was the primary use of this on workstations and obviously has value on servers.
    Wednesday, August 05, 2015 2:53 AM
  • You need to seize ownership of Windows.old\Windows then you can delete the entire Windows.old folder.
    Friday, December 04, 2015 1:42 AM