With sash(es) and/or fixed lites completely removed, determine if any mullion structure between windows placed side by side is a structural supporting post or a window mullion. If it is a structural supporting post, do not cut or remove it. Removing the wood, aluminum, or steel frame will expose the original window rough opening wall material. This is a good time to inspect the opening for any problem areas that need correcting: wood decay, water infiltration, dry rot, etc., and correct as necessary.
The removal of the steel vent and/or fixed glass is now complete. Clean all debris from the frame surface with a small brush.
Aluminum windows are usually secured by a screw through an exterior flange (or fin) or through the frame, Screws that fasten the window through the frame are generally located in the sash track.
Steel window removal usually involves unfastening the frame from a steel flange which is screwed through to the rough framing.
The interior steel panning can be either left in place or removed, depending on the specific conditions and planned installation.