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Deleting a folder that doesn't exist

by Rolando / February 24, 2006 2:30 AM PST

Hi everyone.... please help me with this.

I created a folder to keep some files on my desktop. When I finished using the files I deleted them and went to delete the folder... I can't! It tells me "cannot find source". I tried moving it, renaming it, hide it... I tried to delete it in safe mode... I erased every mention of it in the registry.... I tried command prompt... I tried killbox.. I tried move on boot... they tell me the file doesn't exist. The only thiing that seemedto work is to put another empty folder inside that one and delete. It works... for a few minutes and then it's back.

I am sooo frustrated! What's happening??

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Boot diskette, DOS and the DEL command?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2006 2:46 AM PST

Seems like basic commands could finish such off.

This is quite an old OS so you are likely to know the command line so all you need is someone to tell you to use it.

Bob

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If I had someone...
by Rolando / February 24, 2006 4:50 AM PST

That is precisely what I am looking for... someone to help...

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Read my post one more time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2006 6:00 AM PST
In reply to: If I had someone...

I'm telling you to use the tools of that OS's era. It's some 4 years since this machine and OS came out so somewhere you can't avoid using the command, making that boot diskette. Even if you didn't we have google.com and oodles of web pages about dos commands.

Bob

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Read my post one more time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2006 6:10 AM PST
In reply to: If I had someone...

I'm telling you to use the tools of that OS's era. It's some 4 years since this machine and OS came out so somewhere you can't avoid using the command, making that boot diskette. Even if you didn't we have google.com and oodles of web pages about dos commands.

Bob

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Bob was pretty explicit but...
by Edward ODaniel / February 26, 2006 12:59 AM PST
In reply to: If I had someone...

if the hints didn't help try this link.
http://www.computerhope.com/msdos.htm

You are looking to remove a directory (that is what a "folder" is) so scroll down to RD or RMDIR commands or DELTREE (if you opt to make use of DELTREE be certain you enter the command properly.

For your purpose using the Command line is best done from your boot diskette ans RD and RMDIR are internal commands while DELTREE is external and will require that DELTREE.EXE be present on the bootdiskette.

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Boot diskette???
by Rolando / February 26, 2006 10:14 AM PST

I am a newby... I don't have a boot disk... what's that?

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New on this OS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 26, 2006 11:01 AM PST
In reply to: Boot diskette???

But you can make a boot diskette by running your win98.exe or such from http://www.bootdisk.com

Command line skills are easy to pick up from supplied (in this discussion) links.

Bob

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