This guide will show you how to delete the $ Windows. ~ WS folder in the root directory of your Windows 10 drive to free up hard drive space if needed.
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What is the $ Windows. ~ WS directory?
The $ Windows. ~ WS folder is a hidden folder created in the root directory of the Windows “C:” drive during the upgrade to Windows 10. The WS folder name in $ Windows. ~ WS stands for Windows Setup .
The $ Windows. ~ WS directory contains the essential files of previous system versions, which are used to allow you to roll back to previous versions of Windows.
You must be logged in as an admin to delete the $ Windows. ~ WS directory.
If you delete the Windows.old, $ Windows. ~ BT and / or $ Windows. ~ WS folders, you will no longer be able to revert to an earlier version of Windows.
If you delete the $ Windows. ~ WS folder, you should also delete the Windows.old and $ Windows. ~ BT folders to free up more hard drive space.
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How to delete the $ Windows. ~ WS folder in Windows 10
Here’s how to do it:
1. Open Command Prompt as administrator.
2. Copy and paste the commands below into the newly opened Command Prompt and press Enter after each one.
takeown /F "C:$Windows.~WS*" /A /R /DY icacls "C:$Windows.~WS*.*" /grant *S-1-5-32-544:F /T /C /Q RD /S /Q "C:$Windows.~WS"
3. When done, you can close the Command Prompt if you want.
As you can see, the way to delete the $ Windows. ~ WS folder in Windows 10 is very simple, right?
Hope you are succesful.