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how to delete a folder that can't be deleted normally

by ahmedsqt / May 29, 2005 4:37 PM PDT

I have severl empty folders in my computer that set idle. I try to remove them with the normal comand "delete through my windows explorer. it kept saying this can't be deleted. it kept saying it can't be accessed. Access is denied. These forlder for some users who shared with me my computer in the past. They are no longer using my computer and it's currently under my user name.

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2 methods.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 30, 2005 12:03 AM PDT

1. Use MOVEONBOOT which you find with google.

2. Boot to a RECOVERY CONSOLE and with a few basic commands, remove the directory. You can read the fine books and web sites on how to use that.

Bob

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how to delete a folder that can't be deleted normally
by ahmedsqt / May 30, 2005 9:18 PM PDT
In reply to: 2 methods.

Thanks for your reply.
I downloaded the programm you told me to "MOVEONBOOT" and it faild to take care of it. It says access is denied. However; the second method seemed to work ok. I only need to get the administrator password.

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RE: Delete a folder which cannot be deleted normally
by grilledtomatoes / August 27, 2005 12:11 AM PDT

Having read the other replies to this post, I can say that they will all work.

What I would do in this situation is start the computer in safe mode. By doing this, the computer will start with minimum settings and startup items.

Starting Windows XP in safe mode is very easy, all you do is press F8 on your keyboard just as the Windows XP loading screen appears. Once in safe mode, windows will load to the desktop, from there you can find the folder/ file to delete and delete it as you normally would, then restart the computer, without pressing F8, and your computer will load as normal with folder/ file having been deleted.

However, there is no garauntee that the program or process with was using the folder in the first place, which stopped you from deleting it, will not just create the same folder again.

I hope this helps

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Use Eraser
by Brianstech / August 28, 2005 2:41 AM PDT
http://www.tolvanen.com/eraser/

Download Eraser and install. Now you can right-click the folders and select ''Erase''. I couldn't live without it.

Be careful with this tool, you can't retreive anything afterward.
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