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Can't install updates without deleting files from System Distribution File

Q: Can't install updates without deleting files from System Distribution File

I am operating with Windows Vista Home Basic and have had trouble updating my files after a clean reinstallation. Finally succeeded through many strategies, but in doing so (a jillion times) eventually noticed that failures occurred whenever the 'System Distribution' file in the windows folder had not been emptied of logs and previous downloads. Not sure what this means. Any ideas? Could there be a problem with hard disk, processor, motherboard, electrical shorts? (Do not have problems downloading to other computers in my home, so my overall connection is good.)


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A: Can't install updates without deleting files from System Distribution File

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When I finally decided to ditch vista and go to win 7, I used another hd since my vista hd had data on it I didnt want to format (and I dont like "upgrade" installs)

I now want to delete the system files from the old vista install (for example the "Windows" folder) But i always get permission issues. It would tell me trustedinstaller would need permission etc. I read up for a solution that involved changing permission over to the admin account but then it tells me i need permission FROM the admin account (that Im supposedly logged on as). Are there any other ways I can just get rid of all these files aside from doing a reformat?

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Somehow I have managed to stuff up by XP registry, and cannot read or update files in Word, Excel etc.

I have tried to restore the registry, with no success, tried starting in safe mode, tried the recovery console, and everything else I can think of.

I have been through the Microsoft Knowledge Base and not found anything apart from problems that occur across a Netware share (which seems to be the same problem but I am running a standalone computer).

It all seems to have started from running an lmfix software to remove a popup infection I couldn't get rid of.

I also can't load any new files or programs.

Can anyone suggest a way to resolve this without reinstalling XP again.

A:XP system file locked for new files and updates

If you have the microsoft office cd or word/excel cd it may be easier to uninstall and reinstall them. You wont lose any data, except maybe templates if you had made some.

Or is this happening with any type of file?

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Is there any body who can create a batch file to install multiple  *.msu  files in running system (windows 8.1/windows

A:Create a batch file to install multiple *.msu files in running system

See the article below, basically you can use the WUSA command line to install your updates quietly.


Be kind and Mark as Answer if I helped.

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I have win xp media center
I got a new verizon modem because my other one stopped working.
I couldn't get the software to load right so I decided to remove verizon DSL file from the add/remove programs and when I did it said I had to restart computer to finish. when I did a black box popped open with system32\cmd.exe and started deleting all my files--like my pics, mp4 songs, doc files, bookmarks etc everything under my log in name. folders still there but nothing in them. So my question is can I get my files back and fix the problem.
Thank for any help

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I had a really stubborn case of spyware that my computer contracted 1 week ago. My internet browser was re-directed to an ad site and I noticed an IE toolbar had been placed on my computer and in my programs folder.

I downloaded and used loads of different spyware tools with no real results until I was finally able to get my internet home page back to normal thanks to hjt. (I deleted the files that I easily recognized because they were the same as the web address that my webpage was redirected to) But I really dont know what other files to remove. I want to make sure I kill everything because for whatever reason the threats that have been removed previously keep popping back up when I re-start my comp.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 5:33:24 AM, on 6/4/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust EZ Armor\eTrust EZ Antivirus\ISafe.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust EZ Armor\eTrust EZ Antivirus\VetMsg.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpohmr08.exe
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Recently I upgraded from IE 5 to IE 6. Then I noticed that as Norton scanned, it spent over 30 minutes just looking at files in "Content IE 5 temp". There were upwards of 30,000 files there, said Norton as it counted them while scanning. Anyway, I went to delete them. There are about 12 folders in there, and they all have gibberish names like ghl8fdpr5. They DO seem to be internet files, although there is an application in at least one of the folders. (NO idea what it is, it's just another gibberish string of letters and I didn't open it.) I marked them for deletion, and for every folder got a warning box saying it contained System files...programs...was I sure? No, not sure! So I left without doing anything. But I do want them gone. Why are System files in there and what could they be? Why would programs be in there? Are these NOT temporary internet files?

A:Deleting temp. IE5 files - some are System files

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Had to do a reinstall of Win 7 Pro and now I want to delete the Windows.old folder.
I am the only usr on this system, and the OS says I need permissions to delete.
(see screenshot attached of folder I want to delete). Can someone assiste me in deleting this folder? Thanks.

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Have a look here.

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I had dualboot, and i remove one OS now i have only one OS.
I cut files to folder windows.old and delte it, also msconfig and delete os from here also.

So when i show protected files i have many files on disk D like in disk C.
On C i have windows, on D now nothing only data, can i remove these files from disk D? - 

1. $Recylce Bin
2. Documents and setting
3. Recovery
4. System volume informations and many more.

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Hey guys (and any girls too :),

OK so here is the problem.

A while back I had my primary drive fail on me, so as a quick fix I just installed Vista x64 onto one of my other hard drives (without formating). I then eventually got around to fixing my old version of Vista x64 on my original drive (another story). Now I have a lot of experience managing conputer systems and know for a fact that deleting system files is a big no-no in microsoft land, but at the time this just skipped my mind.

Now some of you are bound to ask, well why didn't you just format the second hard drive with the temporary install of windows and then just format it again when finished with it, well simply because it is a 500GB hard drive that is almost packed full of films (not illegal just for reassurance :P) so formatting wasnt really an option at the time.

So what I need is a method of deleting the system files and program files from the harddrive without losing all of my films (This is not an option as I have no viable means of backing them up). Any ideas are very welcome and I will be very gratefull.

Oh, and also...I also used the drive in the past to transfer data between two computers. There are a bunch of files on there (temporary internet files to be precise) that have massive file names that for some reason where allowed to be created but cannot be deleted. Any ideas on this one would also be very welcome.

Thanks in advance for any info.

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Hey sorry for double post, just wanted to bump it to get some more views

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I hope I'm in the right group with this.
I bought a Lexmark i3 Printer for my grandaughter at school.
Just to see if it worked, I hooked it up to my XP computer and checked it out. It worked beautifully. I turned off my computer, unhooked the USB and Power cord from the printer, started the computer and removed the printer from Printers and Faxes. Then I went to Add/Remove Programs and removed Lexmark i3. I then used Norton Clean Sweep to remove the Lexmark Supplies Monitor. It got everything but 6 files in C:\Windows\System 32. Four dll's and 2 exe's, total size 1156 KB. I got the warning not to mess with System 32. My question is: Are these 6 files safe to remove, or should I just let it go?

A:Deleting system 32 files

I would just leave them.

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Recently, I had my Act! by Sage 2009 version 11.0 customer relations database completely lose all my data. I was using Windows Vista. I have since upgraded to Windows 7. I have tried repeatedly to reinstall Act! by Sage 2009 and I get an error message that says the program recognizes a previous version of Act and it requires that I exit the installation and remove all previous versions. I was able to unistall Act! using the uninstall programs option. However, Act files remained in the Program Files. When I try to remove the ACT file in Program Files it will not allow me to because it says the file is open in Windows Explorer. I tried opening Windows Explorer to try to locate the file and close it but I could not locate any Act files. I tried disabling windows explorer and it removed all icons from my desktop and I couldn't access any drop down/ pull up menus so I didn't know how to proceed. I restarted the computer to get my standard settings back.

What I'm ultimately trying to accomplish is to reinstall Act! by Sage 2009 so that I can then buy an upgrade to Act! by Sage 2010 and install it. The program path that appears to be my problem and which I can't remove is as follows:

C:\Program Files\ACT\Act for Windows\Plugins\Act.UI.InternetExplorer.Plugins.AttachFile.dll

which is listed as a "File Extension". The Error Message list the File Description as "Act BHO plugin".

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A:Deleting a file from Program Files

The plugin can be disabled manually if you are ok modifying the Registry yourself, otherwise you can download and run HiJackThis (www.lurkhere.com/~nicefiles). When you run it, you will get a list of all sorts of items, scroll down until you locate the "C:\Program Files\ACT\Act for Windows\Plugins\Act.UI.InternetExplorer.Plugins.AttachFile.dll", put a check in its box and have HJT 'Fix' it. Then close HJT, restart windows and you should be able to delete the file.

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I need to delete an empty system file, entitled "owner" from : c:\Documents and Settings.
I need to do this while the volume is dismounted.
Is there a way to do this, or must I make a boot disc with a command list included.

Can I use an old DOS boot disc, which has full set of functions included?
Can I use my XP installation CD?

Thanks in advance.


A:Deleting a System File

As long as the folder is not essential to running Windows (even though it's empty) then use "Move on Boot" to delete. I have it in the downloads area of my website here if you want it. It's very good for this type of task and it's free.

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I am running Windows XP. I had a virus some months ago and a computer repair guy came to the house and determined that the system 32 kbdhid.sys was infected with the backdoor.tidserv.I!inf and renamed it to kbdhidold.sys then replaced the file with a clean one. Now when I run a scan it shows the renamed file "kbdhidold.sys" as infected although windows is not using this file. How can I safetly remove this file? Should I remove it? My folder C;\windows\system32\drivers\ shows three files.
1. kbdclass.sys
2. kbdhid.sys
I am assuming that kbdhidold.sys can be safely removed. Thanks for any advice or help.

A:Deleting System File

yes, kbdhidold.sys can be deleted. Send it to the Recycle bin and restart the computer, run the computer a little bit and if there are no problems, empty the recycle bin.

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Is there a way to have Outlook-based contact groups that, if one staff member adds/deletes a contact, that it updates for everyone that has access to the contact group?

We are using a 2010 Exchange Server, 2010 Outlook and most of the computers are PC (I am the only one who also uses a Mac).

I'm having trouble finding a solution online -- because "auto updating contact group" generates different answers for me.

I know we have a Global Address List-- and I think that's kind of the way my boss wants it to function -- but instead of it being the global master list, it would be smaller lists that multiple people should have access to. For example, an "All Staff" list, a list of people who attend the weekly administrative meetings" ... "volunteers" ... and we would normally send these lists out to the people who need it. But if it changes, or people are added or whatever, then we have to send it out again, and most people don't understand how to remove the previous one, and then add the new one. We have a lot of non-computer friendly people, and I'm not the greatest myself...

Okay, any ideas would be GREATLY appreciated. Or if you could kindly point me in a better direction than googling "auto updating contact list".

Thank you!


A:Distribution List that updates for all

Welcome to TSG nhcsam. Hope you find answers to your problems and help others when you get the opportunity.

We us FIM (ForeFront Identity Management) This allows admins to assign owners of distrabution groups and security groups. The owners can then add and remove members as they please without requesting the services of an admin. Its been big time saver and freed the admins to do admin work instead of permission.

FIM probably cost money and requires and admin project to implement. There used to be a 'Public Distrabution List' that was stored/associated with an Outlook public folder (Been to long since I wore an Outlook hat). You might ask your IT folks about that or if they can give update permissions to an individual for a distrabution group.

If no cooperation from IT I would have them create a distrabution group and send them the updates each and every time. They can either do the work or find a solution.

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I had to do a parallel install of Windows XP. This is a file that is left over from the first Windows install.
I have been able to delete all of the files from the first install except this. It is in the folder:

C:\Documents and Settings\Clare\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\2DFYPY5
I get this message: "Filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect".

In the name there is just an icon with a little box next to it, and the file type is just file.

I have tried to delete it through the safe mode, also through the cmd, check disk, and a download from Microsoft called renamer. I also downloaded and ran the Move on Boot Utilities.

Anything else I can try?

A:Deleting files after Windows Parallel Install

The index.dat file in the content.ie5 folder can become very large or corrupted over time. This is what I do to create a new one:
It will probably open to:C:\Documents and Settings\Clare
cd locals~1
cd tempor~1
Now, open Task Manager(rt click the taskbar)Highlight Explorer and choose End Task. (Do not close Task Manager)
Now back to the Command prompt:
attrib -h -s content.ie5
ren content.ie5 content.not
You are now done at the command prompt. In Task Manager, click File, New Task, and type in Explorer. Content.ie5 folder will be recreated when needed. (May have to reboot.) If satisfied everything is working OK, go back in command prompt and delete Content.not.

Or, if you have multiple users, log in as another user and delete the problem content.ie5 folder.


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Hey guys this is OrangeAngel, and for somereason my $Recycle.bin file in the C:\ is gone, i have hidden files on so i can see them but the Recyclebin File is not there. And also whenever i delete files anywhere it never stops deleting files and it gets stuck and then i have to go to the task manager and stop them from there. Help would be appreciated!!!
I use Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit if that helps at all.


A:Recycle bin File is gone/ Deleting Files Hangs

Recycle Bin

This is the one you need now. Above for future in case of problems with the bin.
Desktop Icons

Due to your problems, in addition to reccyle bin, you may need a system restore from before the problems began.

Try to restore the bin from above. If it does not work or it does work but you have other problems, use SR, from 3 days before the problems began
System Restore - How to

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I recently noticed after a CD-ROM burn that several files were deleted in the process from my hard drive. Also, if I try to move a file rather than copy it, it too gets deleted.

I have the recent XP Home edition updates and my last system scans haven't shown any viruses (Avast and Norton).

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Hi all,

I am looking for some help creating a batch file to delete files starting with IMG******. They are always 6 randonmly genorated numbers after the IMG part. For example, they will be IMG000004, IMG000041 and IMG123500.

I have a removeable disk on E:\ that is set to have a daily backup backup to it, however, the software doesnt overwrite the IMG files correctly meaning the drive fills up and my backup fails.

So, how can I create a batch file that finds all of the folders starting with IMG and then deletes them from E:\

Thanks very much


A:Batch file for deleting files starting with IMG******

You are contradicting yourself. First you said delete files starting with IMG and then you said delete folders staring with IMG?

If they are folders are these folders all in the Root of the E:\ drive?

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My computer keeps shutting off because of the trojans.I know because it just started shutting off when i dl a file and opened it.I have..

Trojan horse.Generic10.PQN Dropper
Virus found fake alert
Trojan horse Generic19.KBB
Trojan horse PSW.Ldpinch.ADCI
Trojan horse Generic19.JYX
Trojan horse Generic18.VSD

All found in my documents/settings/temporary internet files.The thing is I can't even find my temporary internet file folder lol.

Any help would be appreciated..thanks

A:How do I clean my files of trojans with avg without deleting the file?

Hello and Welcome.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link I'll give you below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.


Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:


After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

Please note that the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help forum is extremely busy, and it may take a while to receive a reply.

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I have been trying to delete pics. When i press control and click on each pic to delete a bunch at one time, I get copies of the files im trying to highlight. I thought I was clicking on create shortcut, but it is creating a copy of all I have highlighted even before I get to the delete menu.
Anyone heard of this before? What am I doing wrong?
Thanks in advance.

A:deleting files creats a copy of that file

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I recently built a new computer, and am running Vista 64 on it. I installed my old hard drive from my last rig in this machine, and want to delete the old Vista install off of the disk to use it as storage. I have given myself all the permission, but I get an error saying:

An error occired while applying security information to:
F:\Program Files
Access is denied

Then when I click continue in the pop up error message, I get this pop up:

Unable to save permission changes on Program Files
Access is denied

Should I just right click on the drive in Computer and format the disk? Will this cause a problem?

A:Deleting system files from old drive?

The short way to do this is to simply format the drive. If you have data you want to keep, port the data to the new drive, then format, then bring the data back to the secondary (old) drive.

If you want to do it the hard way, you'll need to change the ownership of the files to yourself as Administrator.

Vista has a new "Owner" (that XP did not) called "Trusted Installer" (which is laughable if you think about it too much, so don't) that owns certain system files and only affords special rights to Administrators and other Users. Meaning that only the "Trusted Installer" can delete certain files, and that is not YOU, as you are not "trusted".

Don't laugh, M$ really means this. They are very serious about your untrustworthy nature, and millions of people have to deal with these impediments, and it's all because of you. So I wouldn't announce your name or status in public; the results could be quite catastrophic (to you). There are millions of anonymous people in China that are cursing you right now, btw. So take my advice, and stay anonymous.

Anyways, take ownership of the files as best you can (it's a real PITA, which you'll discover if you go the hard way) as the "apply these settings to subcontainers and their objects" (or whatever the exact language is). I can never seem to simply take ownership of the entirety of the "C:\Windows" directory; I have to interactively hunt through a bunch of sub-fold... Read more

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I system restored and the system32 files are back.However is the virus still there?Here is my system log: Thanks for your help this virus was seriously destroying things and installing explict things on my computer.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 19:06:37, on 30/08/2008Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16575)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exeC:\Windows\RtHDVCpl.exeC:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashDisp.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exeC:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exeC:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exeC:\Users\Parsa Akbari\AppData\Local\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exeC:\Program Files\Xfire\xfire.exeC:\Windows\System32\mobsync.exeC:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exeC:\Windows\ehome\ehmsas.exeC:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exeC:\Windows\system32\NOTEPAD.EXEC:\Users\Parsa Akbari\AppData�... Read more

A:Virus Deleting My System 32 Files

Hello Parsa 44Welcome to BleepingComputer ========================The first thing I will need you to do is to Download ONE of these anti-virus programs and install it.These are free. AVG free 8.0Note this is free antispyware protection and Antivirus protection.or Antivir=============================Before running a new scan let's clean out the temporary folders. Download ATF Cleaner to your Desktop.Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.Click Select All found at the bottom of the list.Click the Empty Selected button.If you use Firefox browser, do this also:Click Firefox at the top and choose Select All from the list.Click the Empty Selected button.NOTE : If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.If you use Opera browser, do this also:Click Opera at the top and choose Select All from the list.Close ALL Internet browsers (very important).Click the Empty Selected button.NOTE : If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.===========================================Download OTScanIt.exe to your Desktop and double-click on it to extract the files. It will create a folder named OTScanIt on your desktop.Note: You must be logged on to the system with an account that has Administrator privileges to run this program.Close ALL OTHER PROGRAMS.Open the OTScanIt folder and double-click on OTScanIt.exe to start the program (if you are running on Vista then right-cl... Read more

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Right, The problem i have is with some important documents saved on the system at work.

We need these documents on the system for the managers to access and change, and employees to view.

I have password protected the documents so everyone can read these in read only.

The problem i am having is that these documents are Deletable.

I would like to know a way of stoppind users deleting these files if this is possible?

Kindest Regards,

A:Help, System Users Deleting my files!

Welcome to TSF....

Unless there is a way to change the admin settings to prohibit this deleting I know of no way. But you might want to make a backup of these important files and when they are deleted then restore them from the backup.

Also you should be able to find out who is deleting them and explain that if this keeps happening they will be fired..... That is usually a good deterrent.

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When I try to delete files in Word or even from my favorites nothing happens. After awhile I must hit Control, alt, delete to see my task manager and it shows whatever file I'm attempting to delete as unresponsive. Is this a virus or something?
I don't know a whole lot about computers but I was told this is a great place to go for help. Thanks in advance.

A:unresponsive system when deleting files

Hi kimberly, I am wondering 1: If you have user accounts set up on your computer, or are you logged on as administrator? 2: Do you have an antivirus program and spyware remover? 3: Are you experiencing any other unusual abnormalities with your system?
Please post as much info as you think may be relevant and look in now and again to see if anyone has posted a reply.
Good luck, Mike

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Hi I have been having trouble getting rid of the "Windows magnifier & windows narrator" off of the computer. Every time I try to delete the system 32 file it says that it has to ask for permission from micoro$oft corporation, and when i hit continue it say ur request has been denided.

So Basically I need someones help to try and kill these programs. thanx.

A:Deleting System 32 Files trouble

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Hi, newbie here.

I want to delete a folder of junk that has manifesed itself on one of my external drives. I appeared after a crash (I expect) and is contains *.dll and *.inf files.

(they may have been generated resulting from a BestCryp crash)

I get a warning telling me I don't have permissions to delete.

How can I bypass this and take charge of my own computer?

Cheers, Mal from Cessnock AU

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Hi, newbie here.

I want to delete a folder of junk that has manifesed itself on one of my external drives. I appeared after a crash (I expect) and is contains *.dll and *.inf files.

(they may have been resulting from a BestCryp crash)

I get a warning telling me I don't have permissions to delete.

How can I bypass this and take charge of my own computer?

Cheers, Mal from Cessnock AU

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Running Windows XP Home

Had some difficulty with my scanner and during the repair the tech created a file on both the desktop and the start menu that are duplicates of existing files. Both these files contain a complete duplicate start menu.

When I tried to clean up and delete them the computer tells me they cannot be deleted because they are "system files".

I have tried safe mode but it still does not allow any deleting of these folders.

Is there a way to get rid of these duplicates start menus

Thanks for any help and advice.

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Using Windows 10 Home.
This problem only happens if I'm performing a search.
If I search within a folder for say *.* and then delete a file, the list of files does not refresh.
The file remains listed even though it's been deleted.
If I manually refresh then the file disappears from the list. Same thing happens if I undo the delete.
I need to hit F5 to make the file reappear in the search list.

Anyone else having this problem or know a fix? Thanks.


Seems to be a Windows 10 prob. I went back to 8.1 and everything was fine.

A:File explorer not refreshing after deleting files in search

I've noticed this too... only in search results. Whilst simply opening a folder and deleting sthg is fine.

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Help deleting stubborn system files Hi, newbie here.

I want to delete a folder of junk that has manifesed itself on one of my external drives. I appeared after a crash (I expect) and is contains *.dll and *.inf files.

(they may have been generated resulting from a BestCryp crash)

I get a warning telling me I don't have permissions to delete.

How can I bypass this and take charge of my own computer?

Cheers, Mal from Cessnock AU

A:Solved: Help deleting stubborn system files

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Hello folks,

Laptop got a little sluggish and some programs (Firefox, Waterfox, Handbrake etc) were crashing all the time. Uninstallation using Revo Uninstaller and reinstallation didn't seem to solve the problems. So had to restore the system to previous restore point which restored to the OS+updates to that day+ a few essential programs.

Now I am left with the system where there are no programs but settings are still there, so when I am installing the programs, it takes these settings to run. I was wondering how do I delete these settings?

I ran CCleaner but it didn't help. Any other pointer?

Thanks in advance.

A:Deleting leftover files after System Restore

Perform a factory restore or a clean install, thats the only way.

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Hi to start off i had a problem with my PC where windows wouldn't start so i tried to do a system restore and it just hung so i just reinstalled windows 7 over the old installation and it moved all my files to a Windows.old file anyway now im guessing it didn't delete the old system restore folder in System Volume Information folder and its over 35 gigs and it wont let me delete it. I tried disabling system restore and deleting old restore points but it wont go away. What can i do? The folder with all my old data in it is C:\System Volume Information\SystemRestore\FRStaging and it has like my program files/ windows folders and its huge. I tried deleting it but it just comes back right away.


A:Help deleting unwanted system restore files.

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just wanted to know if it is safe for me to delete old system restore files. like system restore files that are over 2 or 3 months old. can this be done? is it safe? and what directory do they reside at? thanks

A:deleting System Restore files. is this safe?

Hi norin
As long as everything is running fine it shouldnt be a problem deleting these.
As Im sure you have seen,To turn off System Restore Click Start > Right Click My Computer > Properties. Click the System Restore tab and Check "Turn off System Restore" or "Turn off System Restore on all drives". Click Apply. When turning off System Restore, the existing restore points will be deleted. Click Yes to do this then Click OK.
This will delete them. Also, from the System restore tab, you can click settings and adjust how much disk space is used, the lower you go, the fewer restore points will be created. Oh yeah dont forget to turn it back on

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This problem comes and goes. When it comes, however, the problem happens a few times a day. I can't find the pattern except maybe Internet Explorer. The programs slow to a crawl and I close each one as soon as the PC lets me. I tried to find the Microsoft Knowledgebase (kb) article that sounded much like the problem I'm having, but can't relocate it.

I've studied the KB articles and the problems don't apply to my situation. I
have Windows XP SP 2, I don't have the speech app running, and a few other
things. There's not enough information to narrow down the search. Strange
situation considering the problem stops for a while and then starts again,
and does it repeatedly.

Internet Explorer is what's taking up the resources. But I have to use it on occasion for specific business sites. Is there something I can do to Explorer to stop this?

The other problem -- when I delete an image from windows explorer, the folder does not refresh. I did find a KB (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823291/en-us) on this issue, but the workaround did not work.


A:System slows down BIG TIME and Deleting a File

Are you sure your pc is totally malware free?
I would start firstly with thoroughly checking your pc for any adware/spyware or viruses.
Download some of the many free ones available and after updating them fully scan the pc. Not all security programs find all rogue files!

This site is a good place to download the likes of :
Ad-aware free edition
Spybot search and destroy
Microsofts Windows defender
AVG Anti virus

(All these are free apps).

If it appears that your pc is clean then consider any changes you have made to the pc before this began. Have you installed any third party browser add-ons/plugins/helper objects ??
Some of these can cause such problems with IE

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Hi all 
I have one question regarding the distribution of updates for open SSH server feature. 
How the Microsoft is distributing the update for this feature ? In the microsoft windows there is still older version when I'm compare the current distributed open SSH server version.
Thank you for any info. 

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Hi, how are you? I need help deleting Program Files (x86). I was trying to restore the computer the FIRST TIME I got it, but I've found out that the Recovery copy won't make any changes because I have two(2) Program Files for Internet Explorer, one is for 64bit OS, and the other is 32bit (x86).

I've tried to enter in the command prompt: takeown /f "C:\Program Files (x86)" /r /d n and it displays ERROR: The current logged on user does not have ownership privileges on the file (or folder) "C:\Program Files (x86)". But I am the administrator and the owner of this Hitachi Laptop Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit OS.

I could not play any movies via internet, and I don't know what plug-ins are missing, so I want to restore the computer to its Factory setting.

Hope you can help me.

Thank you.

A:Deleting Program Files (x86) to install RecoveryDVD to factory setting

All 64 bit OS's have those two program folders, you don't want to delete the x86 folder.

What ever your problems are it is NOT because you have both those folders.

You are asking for big trouble if you start messing around like that.

Try running this SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker and post back what it says.

It will find and attempt to repair corrupt system files.

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Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version:07-09-2015
Ran by roger casadejus (administrator) on ROGER-PM2S (09-09-2015 14:51:16)
Running from C:\Users\Roger Casadejus\Downloads
Loaded Profiles: roger casadejus (Available Profiles: Roger & PM2S & roger casadejus)
Platform: Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 (X64) Language: Español (España, internacional)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Chrome)
Boot Mode: Normal
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-to-use-farbar-recovery-scan-tool/
==================== Processes (Whitelisted) =================
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the process will be closed. The file will not be moved.)
(Microsoft Corporation) C:\Windows\System32\wlanext.exe
(Alps Electric Co., Ltd.) C:\Program Files\Apoint2K\HidMonitorSvc.exe
() C:\Program Files (x86)\Allway Sync\Bin\SyncService.exe
(Microsoft Corporation) C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Toolbars\AutoUpdate\SkypeC2CAutoUpdateSvc.exe
(Microsoft Corporation) C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Toolbars\PNRSvc\SkypeC2CPNRSvc.exe
(Google Inc.) C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome Remote Desktop\45.0.2454.17\remoting_host.exe
(Cisco Systems, Inc.) C:\Program Files (x86)\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\cvpnd.exe
(Google Inc.) C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome Remote Desktop\45.0.2454.17\remoting_host.exe
(Intel® Corporation) C:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\EvtEng.exe
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A:Combofix crashed my computer deleting system files!!

Greetings exabyte666 and to BleepingComputer's Virus/Trojan/Spyware/Malware Removal forum.My name is Oh My! and I am here to help you! Now that we are "friends" please call me Gary.If you would allow me to call you by your first name I would prefer to do that.===================================================Ground Rules:First, I would like to inform you that most of us here at Bleeping Computer offer our expert assistance out of the goodness of our hearts. Please try to match our commitment to you with your patience toward us. If this was easy we would never have met. Please do not run any tools or take any steps other than those I will provide for you while we work on your computer together. I need to be certain about the state of your computer in order to provide appropriate and effective steps for you to take. Most often "well intentioned" (and usually panic driven!) independent efforts can make things much worse for both of us. If at any point you would prefer to take your own steps please let me know, I will not be offended. I would be happy to focus on the many others who are waiting in line for assistance.Please perform all steps in the order they are listed in each set of instructions. Some steps may be a bit complicated. If things are not clear, be sure to stop and let me know. We need to work on this together with confidence.Please copy and paste all logs into your post unless directed otherwise. Please do not re-run any programs I suggest. If you encounter prob... Read more

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Last night I was googling for some tech tips to make system faster. There I found some conflicts regarding the issue that DELETING PREFETCH FILES WILL INCREASE SYSTEM SPEED. Some say it will greatly increase system speed & some say that it will adversely affect system performance. So, i want your advice. Thanks in advance.

A:Deleting PREFETCH files will increase system speed??

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I have over 200 MB of these files on my computer, is it safe to delete them?

A:Deleting System Error Dump Files - Vista OS

hi and welcome these are the history of any event that has occured on your system so the choice to keep or delete is yours it wont harm your system if that is what your asking and if you consider the size of your hdd this may be a very small amount of space

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I have been trying various ways to reduce the demands on my W8.1 Tablet's small (24 GB) SSD.  Among the  possibilities it seems are: deleting files from System Volume Information (ie. old Restore Points) and Recycle Bin.
Even though I have set the system to 'show hidden files' I cannot find the exact location of these two Folders and / or I am denied access to them if I do find them, even though I am in Administration.  Swift Search reveals that at least one Folder titled System Volume Information has over 5 GB and there are other Folders, whereas Recycle Bin is showing in excess of 95 GB --- despite the fact that the Bin is emptied usually at the end of every day.  If I could clean out a significant proportion (most) of these 'stored' files it would be a big help. 
So can someone advise me how to find the files, gain access, and delete many of them?
I would also welcome advice on the wisdom of doing what I propose to do and any pitfalls I might encounter.

A:Finding and deleting files from System Restore and Recycle Bin

Hi clayto In order to access these folders, you also need to uncheck Hide protected operating system files (recommended) in the Folder Options. From there, you'll see the C:\$Recycle.Bin folder. You can delete everything in it. The best way to take care of the System Restore points is to right-click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner and select System, then go in Advanced System Settings and finally System Protection. From there, click on the Configure... button followed by Delete to delete all the System Restore points. You can even disable it so they won't be created anymore.

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I have a new system where I installed Windows 7 on a SSD drive and am using the HDD that came with the system as a user data drive. I want to delete Vista /Windows, /Program Files, etc, but when I try to delete them, I'm told that I need permission from "TrustedInstaller". Without reformatting the drive, how do I get rid of these old Vista files?

-- Geoff

A:Deleting unwanted Vista files from non-system disk

You need to take ownership of the files... See Brinks tutorial -=> Here

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More as an alternative to twiddling my thumbs than anything else, I tried to produce a batch file that would count up the number and size of files in a folder, as well as the number and size of files with each extension. Hence it would say how many word documents I have and how much space they're taking up, etc.

I've managed to get a vaguely working model, but the output formatting is terrible (I just wanted it to say X bytes in Y "Z" Files, none of that ugly dotted variable names) and I have failed to get it to equate .htm and .html, .jpg and .jpeg, etc.

IF EXIST FTypeDst.txt ERASE FTypeDst.txt
ECHO. >FTypeDst.txt
ATTRIB +A FTypeDst.txt

ECHO Please Wait Paitently. . .


REM cycle through the current directory and subs, Increment Allnumber, Allsize, define and increment Number of * files, size of * files.
FOR /R %%F in (*) DO (
IF NOT DEFINED Number.of.%%~XF.files (SET /A Number.of.%%~XF.files = 0)
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A:Solved: File Type Distribution analysis: Batch File.

Posted via Mobile Device
You would be better off using third party software that already does this. Plenty of them out there.
I personally would check the extension of each file using the cmd extensions of a for loop. then do an if statement for each file type you want to keep track of. then use a call statement to branch to a function that adds up the file sizes and number of files.

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The title pretty much says it all. I stopped receiving automated downloads of Windows 7 updates in Dec 2016 (even though my system is checked for receiving automated updates). I went to Windows Catalog and found updates released after Dec 2016, downloaded
them, and when I try to install, the infamous "searching for updates on this computer" pops up and does nothing. I can't even cancel it. I have to right-click on the program line at the bottom of the screen and exit it that way.

Any suggestions as to how to proceed?

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I have all up-to-date AV (Microsoft Security essentials) on my machine and have run it and Malwarebytes at regular intervals. I've never had any problems however recently Malwarebytes threw up 3 odd things, Didn't look like anything too significant but I elected to "remove": before noting what they were and now Malwarebytes gives the all clear, as does a full AV scan.

However I also ran a GMER scan which I include below, which pointed to something strange in C:\Windows\Software Distribution\Event cache.

I also recently did a Windows update manually, even though I have it set to Automatic updates. I was surprised to see I had 22 updates needed. I downloaded and installed these without trouble. I checked my Automatic updates and it is selected to download and install the updates automatically, at a particular time of day. However all the options to change this - the day, whether to do it automatically, or not at all is all greyed out.

I'd like to get the Automatic updates configuration available again and to confirm that I can have Automatic updates working.

Would it be safe to delete all the files in the event cache, (or just the ones listed below in the Gmer output) or alternatively, the registry key that is referred to in the Gmer output below? Would this clear the issue or what other steps should I take?

Here is the GMER output:

GMER - http://www.gmer.net
Rootkit scan 2010-09-03 15:15:52
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
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A:Solved: C:\windows\software distribution\event cache - and automatic updates

Was just running an on-line Panda scan and at 33% it had already thrown up 9 infected files. I'm going to post in a malware forum instead.

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Can someone tell me of a way a person can distribute a file to other people other than e-mail and are not connected to a network. I appreciate any help.

A:File distribution

You could try a free filesharing programme

Or a paid for web hosting service - there's lots out there, some with trial periods

Instant messaging - they allow you to send a file

Via a website if you have one

If they are photos - there's free pic hosting sites

Or you could mail them a floppy

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