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#1 Nylonee

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 10:50

Hey y'all,

So I was on the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 and last night I went through the process to format and install the Release Preview. Only problem I have now is that my old files which were put into the usual Windows.old folder can't be deleted. I tried the takeown cmd command, but that didn't work. Seems a bit stupid to automate the transition to Win 8 and not offer a way to delete your old files.

Any suggestions? And I want to do this using command prompt or a built-in feature in Windows 8. Kinda defeats the purpose if I download Unlocker or something like that.

Cheers,
Nylonee


#2 Dot Matrix

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 10:51

Have you tried right clicking the folder and going into the security tab?

#3 OP Nylonee

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 10:52

Nevermind my mistake... I wasn't using command prompt in admin mode.

Here's the code for those who want to do something similar:
TAKEOWN /F C:\Windows.old /R


#4 OP Nylonee

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 10:54

Have you tried right clicking the folder and going into the security tab?

Yeah that didn't work. Kept coming up with permission denied stuff. Wish Windows 8 had integrated this better or at least allowed the security tab to do admin-based tasks.

#5 Dot Matrix

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:01

Strange, you should be able to edit the permissions in there to give yourself control over the folder. But you're right, I can't either, getting an error box I've never seen before.

#6 +Brandon Live

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 15:23

The easiest (and recommended) way to clean up old installations is to use the Disk Clean-up utility (if you click "clean-up system files" it will show you the option to clean up old installations, i.e. windows.old directories).

#7 OP Nylonee

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 23:56

I tried to open disk clean-up and noted the "Clean-up system files" option. Clicked on that and disk clean-up closed. Been 10 minutes and nothing's happened and I can't re-open disk clean-up.

#8 Dot Matrix

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 00:12

@Brandon, I think it's time to "modernize" the Disk Cleanup window. :p