I HAVE 23G.BITES OF HARD DRIVE TAKEN UP WITH "WINDOWS OLD" - (I had to reinstall windows), AND IVE TRIED TO DELETE THIS TO FREE UP THIS SPACE. HOWEVER IT TELLS ME I NEED PERMISSION. I HAVE TRIED OPERATING AS "ADMINISTER".- NO RESULT. CAN U HELP
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Re: Deleting "Windows old " inVista Home Basic
Hi, You cannot delete windows just like this.You will have to use windows xp cd.and after booting from cd you will have to format the disk and install xp again.one more thing you should not delete any windows xp system files to create space.
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Click start menu then click search. After that when the search wizard is displayed, click all files and documents with that green arrow. When you click that, drive will appear below then choose, drive you want to search. when that runs normally with the search, try to open on My computer then click second partition hard drive to access to your files and folders.
thanks for mail me. for this u can go to my computer and then find out tools which is status bar in ur computer. then click tools> folder option> unchecked from hide files and forder/ show file extension/ and last is show operation system file.when asked yes/ no then click yes and apply. at this time u will get any file from ur pc. thnaks
all your old files should be in windows.old so you should be able to rescue any pics and music, documents etc. i might add there is a standalone rescue cd you can make... do a google for vista rescue disk to find it. In your case i would suggest at this point to save all the files in the .old folder that you want to keep.... and reinstall vista ... use the complete format option but only after you back up the files.
you should have formatted the drive first before you installed windows. But then you need all of the software drivers. XP is good, but not that good with drivers.
The files you are looking for will not be in add and remove.
If this is a name brand system, you would need to use either the restore CD/DVD that came with the computer or the restore partition on the hard drive that can usually be accessed by hitting something like F12 (depends on your computer). It sounds like you already reinstalled so the restore partition is out of the question. If you don't have the restore CD/DVD, you may be able to order it from your computer manufacturer. Other than that, you will need the installation disks/files to restore everything.