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Cannot delete empty folders in Windows 7

by ssj4gokuden / June 26, 2011 8:06 PM PDT

Hello, I am trying to delete some useless empty folders, but I am having an administrator issue that I can't seem to get around.

<div>I know already that I'm probably having this administrative problem because these folders are located on a separate hard drive than the one with my old and current installation of Windows 7. From what I've read, this leads to administrative issues, preventing me from deleting the folders. Right now, windows cannot detect who the current administrator is, and so far, every time I have tried to edit or change the administrator to my current admin account, I get some errors reporting that my access is denied.

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Re: changing
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 26, 2011 8:24 PM PDT

Folders don't have admins, so you can't change those. Folders only have owners.

- How did you try to change the owner?
- What folder and what subfolders exactly?


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Tried Taking Ownership?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 27, 2011 7:26 AM PDT
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cannot delete empty folders in windows 7
by beancounterbill / March 21, 2013 5:00 AM PDT

I had the same problem today and here are the details as to how I got lucky and solved the problem:

(I am an accountant with a software appreciation but not an IT guy)

1. the empty folder I needed to delete was on a client server and not my Windows 7 64 bit laptop
2. "Unlocker" did not work as it could not access the server
3. I unchecked "read-only" in Properties for the empty folder; apply; OK.
4. I re-named the empty folder by appending an "x" on the end of the empty folder's name
5. I then right-clicked on the empty folder, selected "delete" and the empty folder disappeared

I hope this helps someone as a lot of you have helped me in the past.

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