Computer tip: Removing the WINDOWS.OLD folder from a server
December 22, 2013 Leave a comment
When you upgrade your Windows system, your old operating system is left in the WINDOWS.OLD folder
With Windows clients, you can use the Disk Cleanup application that is available. But on a server operating system, this isn’t available in some server versions unless you install the Desktop Experience feature.
You can, however, remove the WINDOWS.OLD folder manual. To do so, follow these steps:
1. Take ownership of the WINDOWS.OLD folder and sub-folders with the command:
takeown /F c:\Windows.old\* /R /A /D /Y
2. Give Administrators full control over the WINDOWS.OLD folder and sub-folders with the command:
cacls c:\Windows.old\*.* /T /grant administrators:F
3. Remove the WINDOWS.OLD folder and sub-folders with the command:
rmdir /S /Q c:\Windows.old
A reminder that once the folder is gone, you can’t go back.