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Are you sure you want to delete 'WINDOWS'?

by foxyboy / February 10, 2008 1:52 AM PST

I saw my recycling bin had something in it so I right clicked and pressed empty recycling bin, which then a message popped up saying Are you sure you want to delete 'WINDOWS'? I clicked no and googled for answers about this message. I found that running chkdsk /f and restarting would fix this, but it didnt. I thought I would try pressing yes, but nothing happens the next time I press empty recycling bin it asks again Are you sure you want to delete 'WINDOWS'? I?ve tried deleting items while the recycling bin has this problem and it works fine.

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Let's duplicate this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 10, 2008 2:10 AM PST

I create a file with no extension or one that doesn't show an extension and call it WINDOWS. Yes, when I delete it I get that message.

Does this mean I am about to delete my operating system?

-> No. You can find this is a common ploy for spyware to slow the owner down from removing the pests.

Bob

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Solving the problem
by abctracker / July 12, 2009 1:05 PM PDT

You can solve the problem by

1. Go to start and click run, then type "msconfig"
2. Click the BOOT.INI tab, and choose /SAFEBOOT and click apply.
Then, you'll be asked to restart your PC. And during the restarting process, you might notice the drivers checking utilities "DO NOT skip them"
3. Once you are running in the safe mode, simply right click the recycle bin to empty it.
4. Do steps 1 and 2 to remove your choice of /SAFEBOOT and restart you're PC.

Congratulations!! you're problem has been fixed. yeppy!!

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Fine idea but BEWARE
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 12, 2009 1:21 PM PDT
In reply to: Solving the problem

Your advice while well meaning can cause some machines to never boot proper again. And since many machines come with only RESTORE MEDIA and not a proper XP Boot CD the owner can't undo this change with ease.

Let's be sure everyone knows there is a small risk here.

In fact, let's just use the old method (use the F8 key.)
Bob

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