I have some strange files in the $Windows.~WS folder that are TMP files. The files automatically start downloading whenever I start BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service). All three files are of the same size and the total size of this folder is around 9 GB(and it took 9 GBs of my LIMITED internet to download them. They consume a lot of internet whenever they download, so can I delete these files? I am on a limited internet connection. However, I want to download Windows 10 and if these files are related to Windows 10 then I won't delete them. Please give me advice on what should I do, I really want to download Windows 10 and saving internet for that!
WARNING: If you are upgrading to Windows 10 and THAT IS NOT COMPLETE, then leave these files alone until that finishes as these are needed for that process to finish 100%. Once that process is fully complete, you can follow the below instructions to clean these up afterwards only.
AFTER CONFIRMING YOUR WINDOWS 10 UPGRADE IS COMPLETE (see below)
If you recently upgraded to Windows 10 (and that is FULLY COMPLETE), these are likely related to that. Run
Disk Cleanup to start with but run it as administrator (right-click
run as administator), and select the
Previous Windows Installation option.
Look here for Disk Cleanup instructions on Windows 10:
Here's another article (below link) that shows a command line cleanup syntax to run.
You'd open your command prompt and run as administrator, and then run these commands (paste and then press Enter).
takeown /F C:\$Windows.~BT\* /R /A icacls C:\$Windows.~BT\*.* /T /grant administrators:F rmdir /S /Q C:\$Windows.~BT\
takeown /F C:\$Windows.~WS\* /R /A icacls C:\$Windows.~WS\*.* /T /grant administrators:F rmdir /S /Q C:\$Windows.~WS\