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deleting windows.old

by lucsjoy / October 16, 2015 10:30 AM PDT

few weeks i ago i successfully overrode permissions and deleted windows.old from my laptop, this week i installed 10 on older desktop that has been in storage for a yr. went to do the same deletion process and bungled it up. clicked properties for the file, got to the remove "child proofing", thought all was good to go. but with several users/groups including admin, etc, i picked the wrong one and now when i get to "edit" "change" owner i am blocked from fixing it. any advice on how to regain control of windows.old so i can delete it and regain computer space?

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Clarification Request
Wait a moment. Did you ????
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 16, 2015 10:36 AM PDT
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Safe Mode
by James Denison / October 16, 2015 10:40 AM PDT
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Boot to Safe Mode (use F8 key during boot process) and see if an Admin appears there. If so, don't enter a password and use it instead. Create a new account and assign admin status for it.

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In such a case
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 16, 2015 10:44 AM PDT
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I boot from my Linux disk or stick and do what I want.
But it might be possible to take ownership in Windows. Google that as WINDOWS 10 TAKE OWNERSHIP.


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problem solved! ownership taken/windows.old deleted
by lucsjoy / October 21, 2015 10:45 AM PDT
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diskclean-up wouldn't allow deletion. but thank you for the take ownership hint, though i found this link a coupla days ago and solved the problem. easy peasy.

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