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Cannot delete folders from recycle bin in WIN 32 Bit XP

by Les1911 / December 5, 2012 11:13 PM PST

I have Win 32 Bit XP professional and what happened I cleaned a lot of photo's in my my pictures and then deleted the files. When I try to delete the folder restore the folder or move the folder in the recycle bin I get an error message
Cannot remove file or folder
Make sure the disk is not full
or write protected and that the
file is currently not in use.
Any thing I try to do to the folder I get this message.
The disk is not full. Is not write protected and not in use. If I delete a word document or spreadsheet there is no problem.
The only way that I can get rid of them but it will take me forever is to use a program called unlocker and move each folder at a time to a thumb drive and format the thumb drive.
Any help with this issue would be a great help. It is not hurting anything but it is not right.
I was thinking of using the program Unlocker to do the whole recycle bin but then I would not have a recycle bin.
Thanks for any help

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I can tell you of power tools to do this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 6, 2012 12:41 AM PST

But some of these folders are protected for a reason. If a reboot to safe mode still results in a lock, there is usually a good reason. Once you tell me that you can recover from backup your blown system I will share my power tool of choice.
Bob

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my blown system
by Les1911 / December 8, 2012 6:39 AM PST

T WAS ABLE TO DO THE BACK UP SO LETS PLAY WHAT THE NEXT BIT OF BREAD CRUMBS YOU WILL SUPPLY TO FIX MY BLOWN SYSTEM.

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Here's the bomb.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 8, 2012 11:14 AM PST
In reply to: my blown system

Boot up UBUNTU and go to the folder and delete what you want. Nothing stops you. However I can't help you recover from a blown system when folk do that.

Your choice. Light the fuze!
Bob

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Such can happen when ...
by Edward ODaniel / December 6, 2012 4:24 PM PST

the recycle bin or a file in it is corrupt (and since you mention pictures, XP has a history of probles caused by bad graphics files).

The QUICKEST normal cure for the problem can be found at this link:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2394521

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Thnaks for trash fix
by Les1911 / December 7, 2012 11:17 AM PST

Thank you.
I have an empty recycle bin. not sure of the first reply but your fix worked

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