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    Can't delete "Windows.old" folder from C Drive

    I have a "Windows.old" folder in my C:\ drive that I cannot delete. It tells me "Could not find this item. This is no longer located in C:\". This folder has six more folders in the directory tree that end with an empty folder. I cannot delete any of them because they cannot be found.
    My question is: Is there any way to delete this folder name from the C drive directory? It is not hurting anything but it still annoys me.
    I am running a Gateway DX4870 desktop pc with win8.1, 64 bit, 8 gb ram, 1 tb hd. I am attaching a couple of pictures to show what I am seeing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellboy View Post
    ...My question is: Is there any way to delete this folder name from the C drive directory?...
    Run "Disk Cleanup" and click on the "Clean up system files" button. At least one of the choices should allow you to delete the "Windows.old" folder.
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    if the folder should remain, I'd check out, a freebie move on boot
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    Ok guys, we have success! The "move on boot" program got rid of that folder. I ran the disk cleanup and clean system files with all the options checked. It got rid of a bunch of unneeded files but I still had the windows.old folder. Then I installed the move on boot program and when the system came back up that folder had disappeared.
    Thanks for the help.
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    glad it came through

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    I would caution one thing. I have seen at least one case where Windows didn't want to remove everything and it tracked back to some really oddball file that was still being used by something (in that case it was the AV program - the gods only know why). Forcibly removing the folder broke the program.
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    In this case it was an empty folder in the Favorites. I'm not sure how it got in the Windows.old folder but it was there and fouled up things. I guess it got there by an errant drag and drop of some Favorites files. Anyway, everything is still working properly so all is well after the deletion of those folders with the "move on boot" program.
    I wouldn't have been so willing to delete that Windows.old folder had it not been for the fact that I had just the day before made a system image with Macrium Reflect.

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