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Old 11-20-2007, 10:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I had to reinstall Vista a while ago and due to some strange DRM crap had to do an upgrade install off of already installed Vista...

Anyway, now there is a folder in my main hard drive called Windows.old that it won't let me to delete. I've tried everything I can think of, canceling processes, taking ownership, etc.

It just pulls up the deleting screen, then stops at the same spot for a few seconds then up pops another screen saying cannot delete folder. No matter what I try. Any ideas?
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Unable to Delete Folder in Vista

Did you fully format or do some sort of reinstall?
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Default Re: Unable to Delete Folder in Vista

Full format, then because I have the upgrade version I had to do an upgrade install off the clean install to get the CD key to work. It was retarded.
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Killbox or hijackthis's delete on reboot.
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Default Re: Unable to Delete Folder in Vista

Ok so Update --

I got back to my Vista computer and neither KillBox or Hijackthis could delete the folder. Is there anything designed for Vista to delete files?


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Found the solution to the problem. For some reason Windows.old is classified as a previous windows installation and can ONLY be removed with the Disk Cleanup utility included with windows Vista. I never thought to look at the OS for a solution, so used to XP and it's reliance on 3rd party utilities.

Anyway, thanks for helping me narrow down the problem.
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