Windows.old and $Windows.~BT

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  1. dariwonka

    dariwonka MDL Novice

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    #1 dariwonka, Dec 16, 2014
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    Hello, I would like to know what these folders are... well, actually I would like to know if I can delete them (I can imagine that windows.old there is no problem about it... correct me if I am wrong)

    It would be great to have these 17gb back :)

    Can I delete these 2 folders (or at least one of them)?

    Thanks

    Ps: And what about the folder RecoveryImage which have a file inside called Install.esd (almost 3gb)?
     
  2. Skaendo

    Skaendo MDL Addicted

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    #2 Skaendo, Dec 16, 2014
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    Windows.old can be deleted, unless you want to roll back to a previous build.
    The other I can't remember but I think is the download folder for new builds. It may also be deleted but don't quote me on that one. One way to tell is if there is install.esd or install.wim. If there is then it can go.
     
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  3. bchat

    bchat MDL Smart Azz

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    I deleted both - my suggestion, back up the drive, delete what you want knowing you the backup.
    Better to have a backup you don't need, than not to have one you do need.
     
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  4. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    $Windows.~BT is created by Windows in case of upgrade installs, but normally gets deleted after the process :g:.
     
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  5. dariwonka

    dariwonka MDL Novice

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    Thanks, both folders deleted!

    And what about the folder RecoveryImage which have a file inside called Install.esd (almost 3gb)
     
  6. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    It's the repair image used for Reset/Refresh options.
     
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  7. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

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    well good luck trying to delete windows.old....i taken full control of the folder and still telling me i need system rights to delete it.......not sure if windos.old got corrupted and now it will not recognize any admin rights of the folder.
     
  8. GurliGebis

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    Use disk cleanup to remove Windows.Old - it is called something along the way of Old Windows Installation (cannot remember the name).

    The easy way is to run cleanmgr.exe from the run dialog.
     
  9. dariwonka

    dariwonka MDL Novice

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    I deleted it through linux :)
     
  10. Hadron-Curious

    Hadron-Curious MDL Guru

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    If you are still experiencing that trouble, download Unlocker, install it and use it to delete the Windows.old folder. If it doesn't remove it instantly restart your system and it will be gone.
     
  11. boril

    boril MDL Novice

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    you have to change ownership of the folder and child objects (subfolders/files ) original owner is TrustedInstaller make it to administrators. Close properties and after thatn reopan again to change permissions for administrators for all child objects as well.
     
  12. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Guys you should read more in detail :g:. Answer is easy and already given ... absolutely no need to tamper with permissions!!! (see GurliGebis post above)

    Press WinKey+R and type cleanmgr.exe (make sure you navigate to 'Clean System Files') then check the box to purge old Windows Folder.

    In case it doesn't work take a look here: #17
     
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  13. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

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    log off MS....log in localy under Administrator i took full ownership of everything and still nothing.:g:
     
  14. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    If you're still trying to get rid of Windows.old you should definitely start reading ... :zwinker: .
     
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  15. Hadron-Curious

    Hadron-Curious MDL Guru

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    Yes, you are correct. This particular Build 9901 is very notorious with that Windows.old folder that even cleanmgr left some stubborn files non-deleted. The easy solution is to use the Unlocker and it doesn't tamper with permission without return it back to its previous state though.
     
  16. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Ahh ... partially broken stuff delivered ... like in official Preview builds :g:. Sounds more and more like a D.O.A. and not worth the hassle. Will wait for the new Win 8.1 releases and play with them :cool2:.
     
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  17. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

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    Ok this is what work for me....log to MS......as Enterprise Admin i click delete win.old it work.... hope this helps:)

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=32692&stc=1
     

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  18. Mutagen

    Mutagen MDL Addicted

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    YES! Another great reason to have a Linux Live boot media handy is that linux has zero respect for ntfs. Anything you don't want on your Windows drive? Linux is the consummate assassin.
     
  19. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Win8.1SE (from the oven forums) also did all those jobs so far for me.
     
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  20. maya77

    maya77 MDL Member

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    You don't need to change permissions, nor use different OS, nor use special bootable discs... nor even wait for Disk Cleanup to initialize.

    Check this out: How to easily delete Windows.old folder :)