re: !> I will emphasise that it is not a bug. Sorry, but not being able to delete windows.old is *certainly* a bug, especially if I can't even format the partition where windows.old is located in. re: !> You must now enable the Global Administrator account to return !> to the same security conditions that you experienced in Xp. How is that done...and would doing that prevent the permissions problem on windows.old ? re: !> Cannot answer the "Ace" query, sorry. It only cost me a few hours of sweating meatballs. ;-) Not to worry. re: !> Correct, if you use the "format" option, your partition/harddisk, will have the !> "quick" format applied and you will not have the "Windows.old" folder Thanks for that info. I'll make sure to keep that in mind in future installs.