After Upgrading How Can I Remove Windows.Old?


  • 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


  • 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 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

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