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deleting windows.old

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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Wait a moment. Did you ????
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Safe Mode

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

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.

Kees

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problem solved! ownership taken/windows.old deleted

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