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Q: Cant delete folders?


I am trying to delete several folders on my second hard drive, but it brings up an error stating they cannot be deleted as they are in use by another program or person. As far as I can tell they are not in use by anyone. I have tried to delete them in safe mode and that doesn't work either. Virus and adware scans bring up nothing and I am at a loss as to what to do. I can delete other folders on the same drive, just not this selection. I can't move them or copy them either. Any suggestions most welcome!


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Hi, I can't delete my folder in my msngamingzone, once i delete it, it just comes back. If i try to delete the whole file it says access denied. My other folders have this same promblem. I used my anti-virus to check if there's any virus but it says that there is no virus,spyware etc.

A:I Can't Delete My Folders In Msgamingzone And Other Folders

Hello as you have an HiJack This log already posted and awaiting your attention. Please do not make alterations to your PC as the HJT team will clean your PC. I'm closing this Topic so you can better help yourself.Your Log that requires a response is here:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...mp;#entry774873

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Good day sir. im having problem deleting an old folder in my desktop. when i right click on it, delete, its reply is "Verify the location of the folder and try again. another problem is im not that good in computer language. need to learn like step
by step to solve it. :( need help badly. been having this problem for months already. 

A:Can't delete folder. "Verify folders location and try again" is the response when i try to delete it

it may be in use, also try to delete .DMT and do it again check processes to see if WMP or another media player is running

If I have answered your question mark as an answer, if I helped you please mark as helpful

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Just a question I hope someone can answer.
I recently installed my OS on a new hard drive. I then reinstalled all my programs on the new hard drive. After reinstalling all my programs, I deleted the old windows directory/folder from the original hard drive and then all the programs that were still left on it. However, I have been unsuccessful at deleting the 'Adobe\Acrobat 10' and 'Adobe Reader 10.01' folders. I get the message "You need permission to perform this action." "You require permission from SYSTEM to make changes to this folder." I even went to the root directory (H) where these folders reside and set full permissions for Authenticated Users, SYSTEM, Administrators and Users. Still no joy. I continue to get the above messages when trying to delete these two folders. Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance.

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Unlocker may work for you
Unlocker by Cedrick 'Nitch' Collomb

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I uninstalled Adobe Acrobat 7 Pro today. It left a few folders and when I attempt to delete them, I get the message, "You need permission to perform this action"

"You require permission from SYSTEM to make changes to this folder"

I don't have a clue what to do. Please help.


A:Please help me delete some folders

Are you an administrator on the machine or a standard user ?

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As the attachements show, there are 7 Roxio/Sonic files[shared] in Ccleaner but I do not use Roxio or Sonic.
There are also tons of Silverlight files in Ccleaner along with as many Activex/Com issue.
Also, there are Ubuntu and VM files in Windows Explorer which I tried but thought I removed.
>Question, can I remove them?

I was trying to get Ccleaner to run out of a VM so I could delete all if there was trouble.
Is the best way to 'image' prior to running Ccleaner or is there a better way?

If I restore the registry and there is trouble will system restore recover from the trouble?
Thank you for the help.

A:Possible folders to delete?

With a VM you are looking at a file stored on the drive you can copy to another location but would need to copy back to the same if the original becomes pooched in any way and hopefully will be recognised as valid. I've made backups of VMs that simply wouldn't load up later on a few occasions.

For your main drive and OS a full system image backup is the smart move prior to seeing any large changes made while those temp folders are clutter! Read the guide there.

If you are finding them empty or with one or two log files dump them! It won't hurt anything. CCleaner isn't generally siomething you would run on a VM however since you rarely won't find any large clutter except for some rare occasion.

As far as the registry however it depends on the type of restoration and by what means you are referring to. If you trash the registry on a VM and it won't run then you would need to create a new one to replace it unlike a regular host OS install where you could boot live from the Windows dvd to run the system restore feature or restore a full system image while booting live.

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windows 7

right click desktop, new, folder. That is the folders I can not delete

I made folders to store pictures, junk etc. These folders can not be deleted by windows even in safe mode.

I can make another folder and stick it in the folder I am trying to delete. example one folder is titled junk, I can make a folder and stick it inside folder titled junk and delete the folder, but soon as I do a new folder titled junk is back on my desktop. file names can not be changed .
To sum this up the folders can't be deleted and if I find a way to delete one it pops back up once it is deleted.

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Are you logged in with a non-administrative account?

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Reinstalled Vista yesterday, unfortunately had to install on D: as i could not free up enough space on C: Problem now is that i can't delete the old windows folder or it's contents on C: so i have 10GB+ wasted on this folder alone. I am having similar issues with other programs like Adobe.

I have tried turning off and on UAC.

Have been into folder properties/security/advanced/owners and changed ownership to my user name, with the option for "replace owner on sub folders and objects" also selected.

I still am told that i need permission.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

A:Can't Delete Folders

I understand that you want to remove windows.old

Windows.old Folder - Delete

Be sure that you have everything backed up or installed on the computer before deleting.

Use an adminstrator account

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I installed W7 and imported(copied) my previous files from WXP to W7. I find that ALL the folders I pasted and their contents are marked as Read Only, consequently was unable to edit any of the files. I was able to remove the RO attribute with the DOS command "attrib -r DIRECTORY\*.*/s" where DIRECTORY was the path to the folder in question. All the file RO attributes were removed, even in the sub-folders, however the RO attribute remains on the folders. How can I remove the RO attributes from the folders so I can delete or otherwise edit them?

A:Can't delete folders

Hello Blockie,

You would just need to add the /d switch to it to include the directories (folders) so the command looks like this below instead now.

attrib -r DIRECTORY\*.* /s /d

Hope this helps,

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A:What are these folders/can I delete them?

The $UPGRADE.~OS Folder contains the temp. installation files when you upgraded from your previous OS. Do NOT delete them manually. Perform a disk clean up, (Check the tick box where it says 'Temporary OS upgrade files (it might differ)' or something) and the folder will disappear. I'm not sure about that second folder, can u post a screen shot once your inside the folder?

Hope this helps,

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I have just noticed that I can't delete 2 of my folders on one of my hard drives. It is not on the C drive. I get the following message,

This is no longer located in F:/programs/spectrasonics/sage/sage/libraries/userlibraries/convertedrexfiles. Verify the items location and try again.

I have tried rebooting in safe mode and shift delete. I have ownership of the Drive so it isn't that.

Any ideas please?

A:Can't Delete Some Folders

The only thing that comes to mind here is some glitch with the master file table on the drive, which shows the files as still existing when they have been deleted - I have not seen this type of error for a long time but you may want to try a chkdsk on the drive and see if any errors are shown.

if you right click on the drive and select tools there is an option there - although you may be better running the command itself from within a command prompt or even from the install DVD's command prompt.

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Through some obvious fault of my own, and probably during one of two complete Windows 7 Ultimate reinstalls, I ended up with four of five folders within my ?ProgramData? folder that appear to belong to another user. Since I am the only user on the system, and since Win 7 tells me that I need permission from myself to access these files, I was confused.

Two of these folders had data from both Nero, and Nuance. Attempting to upgrade either of these applications failed, probably due the protected, or read-only, status of these folders. While I couldn't erase them, I was able to rename them. While that then cause both applications to fail, reinstalling these applications with straightforward, and I'm no longer locked out of these folders.

That just leaves the two folders that I renamed, and am unable to delete under any circumstances. I even tried booting the system under a standalone Linux, and any attempt to delete these folders failed there also. This situation is more of a net, or annoyance, then any major problem, but I would be happy to listen to anyone's ideas about how I might delete these folders.

Thanks for your time.


A:Can't delete folders,,,,,

Quote: Originally Posted by JLOB

Through some obvious fault of my own, and probably during one of two complete Windows 7 Ultimate reinstalls, I ended up with four of five folders within my ?ProgramData? folder that appear to belong to another user. Since I am the only user on the system, and since Win 7 tells me that I need permission from myself to access these files, I was confused.

Two of these folders had data from both Nero, and Nuance. Attempting to upgrade either of these applications failed, probably due the protected, or read-only, status of these folders. While I couldn't erase them, I was able to rename them. While that then cause both applications to fail, reinstalling these applications with straightforward, and I'm no longer locked out of these folders.

That just leaves the two folders that I renamed, and am unable to delete under any circumstances. I even tried booting the system under a standalone Linux, and any attempt to delete these folders failed there also. This situation is more of a net, or annoyance, then any major problem, but I would be happy to listen to anyone's ideas about how I might delete these folders.

Thanks for your time.


You need to take ownership of the files/folders. Go here and download the shortcut which will add the take ownership to your right click context menu. Simply right click the folders and they are yours to do with as you wish. Take O... Read more

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There are 2 folders on my newly "reset" w10 laptop desktop. I've tried the permissions and security settings changes that are all over the internet and I've tried the read only removal method but I need permission to change any of these permissions and all I get is an error report telling me I need permission. Only one account on the computer and it is the administrator account. I've tried IObit and Malware removal/unlocking tools but either there is nothing to unlock, or as far as the software is concerned there is nothing to delete. One folder has 2 shortcuts in and one has a .txt file in. How do I get rid of this garbage please?

A:cant delete folders

I didn't really solve this, I just re-reset the computer and used the delete files option

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After a very bad infestation I could not access the folder options, nor connect to any anti virus page to download it. Yes, I usually do not have any anti virus installed because I do not browse internet too often.
So I followed a bad link and ... puff!
Finally I managed to get rid of all the downloaders and trojans. One of them, I remember was vundo.
I deleted all the folders in my hard drive minus 2:
- One folder contained all the info I don't want to miss. Could not back up because is ~100 gb.
- One folder that was in the documents and settings folder that I cannot delete.

I deleted all other folders and files, including windows and reinstalled windows xp.

I logged in secure mode and still could not erase it. I used the program "remover" and could remove some subfolders, but it does not work with many other subfolders.
The subfolders I cannot erase look empty when I put the pointer on them, but show other subfolders when scanned with avira antivirus. If I try to access those subfolder windows xp shows the message
"C:\route\foldername is not accesible
Access is denied"
if I try to delete it normaly it will show
"cannot delte Foldername: Access is denied"

I changed the name of the folders using the program "remover" just to be sure in case that there are still some trojans there, since I cannot see what are the information contained.

Could some one give some hits about what could I do to remove that folder?
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A:Cannot delete folders

OK, I figured how to fix the problem.
Here is the deal, in case any one else can use it.

First read the following link about how to own folders.
Once I owned all folders and files was easy to erase everything.

I had a couple of files that could not be deleted , even when owned. But "Unlocker" helped with that.

Thank you to every body who make this forum possible.

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By accident i installed Windows Vista on my my secondary hard drive and not my primary.
My secondary holds all my music and pictures etc...
I tried to delete all the operating system folders but im left with "Program Files" and "Windows"
When i try to delete them i get the message "You need permission to perform this action"
Can anyone help me delete these two folders because they are taking up space i need?

Thank you

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Can i delete this folders?


or any folders that i can delete, ?

And dont ask me why i want to delete it, well i dont like to have things doing nothing in my computer thats why...

A:Folders to delete?

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Hi, i have over 100 different folders in Internet Explorer. Since the computer is for another family member i need to clean it all. I do not find the posssibility to delete them, except one by one.

Do not want to reinstall IE either.

Any suggestions to get over with it fast?



A:is there a way to delete all the IE folders

What folders do you mean - The favourites? I only have 18 in My program files/Internet explorer.

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I recently changed my OS to Windows 8 to see what all the fuss was about.
I have returned to 7 but the Folders that 8 created can't be deleted.

When pressing the delete function it appears to be recycling the folder as requested.
After a few minutes it gives up a box that states "You'll need to provide Administrator permission to delete Folder" The options are Cancel & Skip, or Continue.
On pressing continue it continues to run for a couple of minutes before another pop up box appears stating "Need permission from philip-PC/admin to make changes.
This is me! There are no other users on my PC.

I have two of these files and they are taking up approx 20Gb which I could really use for better things.
Is there anyone who could help?

Thank you

A:Can't delete old folders

Try this .... Windows.old Folder - Delete

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I have a Dell XP 710 with four SATA hard drives. When I was installing Vista on the new C:\ drive the secondary drive was D:\ from the old OS. On the D:\ I have two files called Windows and oldProgram Files. I want to delete them but it won't let me know matter what I've tried. I'm thinking with the Intel Core2 it was using D:\ as a cache drive or something for more speed but it doesn't now and I would just like to delete those two files :-( I have even went to the Command prompt and went to D:\ Drive as the administrator and it won't let me delete the files even individually. I might have put Vista on D to start with and then put it on c:\ It's kind of one of those things that just bug the heck out of you but do no harm. Thought of just buying another hard drive just to get rid of those two dang files. PLEASE someone help me on this. Remember the D drive was with the Dell when this all started and might be partitioned. I'm pretty savy with computers but not on this I guess. Some have told me to reformat or go get a new hard drive.

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I have XP Pro on my C drive. I have an E drive for storing digital pictures. I have wound up with two folders on that drive ,one is empty and the other has 2 files that it says has been deleted. It won't let me delete either folder. They are bugging me. How can I get rid of them?

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I have a computer that's running Win XP. It's a fairly old desktop. I'm trying to go through and uninstall/delete unnecessary software and/or folders. The problem I'm having is the folders won't delete. At first they will, but when I reboot.....they're back. These are the lesser important folders (xerox, microsoft frontpage, etc.).

So far I been using Revo Uninstall and also I tried to unlock the folders then delete.....nothing.

It's not really that important, it's just bothering me.


A:Folders will not delete

Craig might I suggest just for to try you run a sfc and a chkdsk in safe mode if necessary.

The other option is to go into the registry and look for the software keys and delete them there but do back up the registry before you do that. If things go belly up you can always merge back the registry entries
Registry - Backup and Restore am not sure if it applicable to XP but would not be that different.

The type regedit in the Stat window > run as admin > go to the HKEYs LOCAL MACHINE and CURRENT USER open up the Software see my pic for just an example you must make sure you are on the software you want to get rid of and it must be done as admin controlled. If you are not sure please post back for help.

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Hello all,

Im running an awesome western digital essentials 320GB USB hard drive its great i leave it plugged in all the time on an always on PC its really great and the drive stores every picture and mp3 i have.

when trying to do some maintenance on my music collection i noticed that some folders wont delete, it says something about it being in use at this time.

occasionally if i keep jamming away at the DEL button it will eventually be removed (trying every ten mins or so)

ive checked the security tabs and there is no restrictions in place for this drive and i have no special drivers for it or any other unusual security features.

its an irritation now its been going on for about a yeah and now i have lots of empty folders.

any tips?

A:can not delete folders

Maybe this will help
Folder - Delete from Command Prompt
Maybe this

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I come across this a lot:

I can delete all contents of a folder, but not the folder itself. After hibernation or restart, I can delete the folder just fine. What gives?

I am running an administrator account and I've turned off the UAE.


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Hello fellow members,
In my workings with Windows 7, I have come across a few folders that have been created by the system or and installation, they are all locked and are a number/letter combination type name. The first contains a copy of iesetup.exe dated 2/8/2009. The second contains an MPsigStub.exe dated 5/21/10, the third has an amd64 folder that shows up as empty, I didn't have show hidden files on. The fourth has another iesetup.exe same date, ie8.msu same date, a .dll same date and a eula.rtf dated 2/12/09. I do not believe that they are required but I have been wrong enough times to ask more learned and experienced people about it. May I safely delete them?
Thanks for any assistance.

A:Are these Folders Necessary or can I delete.

Best approach would be to back them up to a separate folder on an external drive, then delete them from the hdd. If all runs well say for a week or so, you can delete the backup, if things start messing up, just restore those files/folders.

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i got some folders on my drive that i didn't put there and when i go to try to delete them it says i need permission from an account that doesn't even exist on my computer i tried to give myself full control rights but it tells me it can't do it and these folders have weird names like 0b22434740a8c5a86c9af48a there is 8 of these folders i would appreciate any help you can give

A:Can't delete folders

Quote: Originally Posted by anqnbldnfn81

i got some folders on my drive that i didn't put there and when i go to try to delete them it says i need permission from an account that doesn't even exist on my computer i tried to give myself full control rights but it tells me it can't do it and these folders have weird names like 0b22434740a8c5a86c9af48a there is 8 of these folders i would appreciate any help you can give

I suspect these are folders that were created when you installed applications. If that is the case the owner should be "trusted installer" You can either
take ownership. instructions here Take Ownership Shortcut

add yourself to the trusted installer group.

Let us know if you need help with this

Ken J+

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i have tried everything nearly to delete a few folders i have but no success... any ideas ?? i cant remember every way i tried but i tried programs like unlocker, killbox and nothing. tried closing explorer in task mgr and no go. tried through cmd and no go. i ran a hijack this log and noticed that there are quite a few with "file missing" or "no file". here is the log. any ideas what i can do
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 5:47:50 PM, on 4/10/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliType Pro\type32.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliPoint\point32.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\lazarus\Desktop\HiJackThis_v2.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Micros... Read more

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In my Windows explorer hierchy there are a lot of folders for XP operating system that i cant seem to get rid of no matter what i do. ones like netmeeting,frontpage,outlook express,moviemaker,etc, allstuff i dont use or want......any ideas?thanks!!!!

A:cant delete several folders

if you go into the control panels, can you add/remove the applications?... some of the applications such as Netmeeting, Moviemaker are integrated components of XP and I don't believe they can be removed (although I could be wrong )

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copied my music folder onto a external hdd, some of the files have become corrupted or unreadable and now i cant delete them from the drive and the ones i have managed to delete are stuck in my recycle bin which i can no longer empty. when deleting the folder from the hdd drive i get 'cannot delete <folder name> the directory is not empty' and when i try to empty my recycle bin i get 'cannot read file. cannot read from source file or disk' when i try to delete some of the folders in the recycle bin i get either that the file is corrupted and unreadable or that it cannot read from source disk, i tried to run dskchk and it did something but i still cant delete the files on the external hdd

please can someone help me out?

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I have Dell Deminsions with XP. There are two folders that I made containing music. They both tell me they are empty, however I can't delete them. I have used Move on Boot and Unlocker but no help. when I right click they tell me they are read only. When I uncheck them and try to delete they revert back to read only. One says the name is too long but will not let me rename it. The other tells me it is not a valid folder. It had been suggested that I use command prompt and delete them with msdos but I don't know msdos. They both show music and singer but will not delete. Any help you can give me will be appreciated. Thanks for your time. James

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i have created sub-folders for the hundreds of artists that i have mp3s of. I have realized that it severly slows down any search functions built into windows itself or wmp11. Is there any software or steps i could follow to delete the folders only, and not the files inside them. i looked briefly and thought that i would go to a forum to ask advice. Please help.

A:delete folders, not what's in them?

Hello, welcome to TSF

Unfortunately, there is no easy way (atleast one that is known to me). I can think of two ways you can get your music out.

1. Manually cut, paste and delete
2. Use the search function, looking for files with the MP3 extension and let it search. It should list all your files (eventually) then just copy them all and paste them somewhere.

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Using Win 7.

Found a folder on my external hd that had a long alphanumeric name. Inside were a bunch of 4 digit folders and some files including "Hotfixinstaller". When I tried to delete it all, I got a permission denied. Used unlocker to delete it and went to recycle bin.

In recycle bin, the files deleted but the 25 folders wont. I'm getting:

Folder Access denied
You need permission to perform this action.
You require permission from the computers administrator to make changes to this folder.

I am the only account and am the administrator.

I ran the TSG Sysinfo app and the results are below, seem it didnt scan:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version:
Processor Count:
Graphics Card:
Hard Drives:
Antivirus: None

I run AVG, Malwarebytes and Spybot S&D weekly.

The folders were created last thursday, 3 days ago, when I wasent home.

Any ideas on a fix to clear these from the recycle bin?

Thanks for any suggestions.


A:cant delete folders in recyclw bin

Oops,nice spelling in title.

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While trying to solve my previous problem I came across a bunch of folders that seem to contain useless stuff.
Firstly this folder.

C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Installations

It seems to contain a lot of files that have itunes and ipod in the titles. I don't have any programmes connected to itunes though I think the person who used the computer before may have had. Does this folder generally contain anything important or can it be emptied?

C:\Deckard\System Scanner\20080404183352\backup\DOCUME~1\Owner\LOCALS~1\Temp\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5

This folder seems to contain old temporary internet files that aren't getting erased when I do it (I erase my TI files everyday) through explorer for some reason. Most of them are old jpegs that look like they can be gotten rid of but some are Javascript files and Sheet documents. Can these all be deleted?

C:\Deckard\System Scanner\20080404183352\backup\DOCUME~1\Owner\LOCALS~1\Temp

In the folder above there are 35 folders whose names begin with "WER" such as

C:\Deckard\System Scanner\20080404183352\backup\DOCUME~1\Owner\LOCALS~1\Temp\WER09c2.dir00

What are these? Their properties indicate that most of them were created this year although that's not always reliable. I only ask because all together they take up over a GiG of space.

Thanks for any help.

A:Can I delete the content of these folders?


All those folders can safely be emptied without any problems.
I also recommend you download and install CCleaner which can perform this cleanup process plus more automatically for you.

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Hi, I have a problem when I try to delete some folders from "C:\Users\MYUSER". Here it's a cap from that folder:

I want to delete folders like Search, Contacts, Favourites and Tracing, but when I turn on my computer appears again.

Hope you understan my english.
Thank you.

A:How do I permanently delete these folders?

Those folders will be created by default, they are system folders. To my current knowledge there is no way to stop Windows from creating those files. Besides, they don't take up any space.

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Systen: W2K+SP4, IE6+SP1, full critical updates.

I have run updated full system A/V scan (Norton).
Hijackthis (clean log)
Norton Win Doctor

I found two folders in my Winnt folder while looking for something entirely unrelated. The folder are (with subfolders):


mw32\manager | modem

The imejp, manager and modem folders are empty. A 5 folders show as 0 bytes. I suspect they are remnants of some uninstallation.

I have tried:

1) Removal in normal. Results: Access fo files denied, sharing violation

2) Removal with CMD and Explorer turned off. Result: Same as above.

3) Safe Mode with command prompt only: Result: Same as above.
When I tried the move command it seemed to work; I renamed ime to imex and moved it to a new directoy so I then had Winnt\junk\ime\imejp. The dir command showed imex gone from Winnt. But when I rebooted I could finally delete imex to the recycle bin but ime had been recreated.

4) I used one solution from the Microsoft KB: Shift+Del. Result: fail.

5) I tried Norton Wipe Info and targeted the ime folder. Result: failed.

Do any of you have any solutions I have not already tried? Have I missed something?

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I have been working on this issue for a long time and have tried every suggestion anyone has given me and absolutely cannot delete these two folders. I have taken ownership of the file, I have tried using Unlocker, and I have tried using Killbox all to no avail.
These folders are taking up a HUGE amount of space on this system and I want to get rid of them. They were created when i did a fresh install of Win XP. (2X) They are not integral to the operation of this system.

This is going to be a complicated issue so I hope someone can help me to resolve this problem.
Please see attachment to see a screenshot of the two folders in question.

Thn ank you greatly,

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Hi there,

I have been trying to remove all system restore folders on my pc but even after disabling system restore i have found on some of my hard drives that i have alot of RP* folders left...
On one of my drives i have nearly 2 GB of stuff under the system Volume information folder and i cannot get rid of it.

Everytime i try to open the folder (F:\System volume information\) i am getting 'access denied'

I have treeview installed on my pc so i can browse to the folders within it and view the files but when i try to delete them it does nothing. :s

i have tried in safe mode also but with no luck.

I have already turned off UAC and have full admin rights

Does anyone have a solution for me?

A:unable to delete folders :s

Each of those are "read only" system protected files or folders seen there. You need to right click on each to take ownership on each and see the read only option unchecked followed by clicking the apply button to see that set. Once you have total ownership you can deleted each one as you go along.

A free tool that can also help is the TakeOwnership mod to see that option added into the right click menu. Add "Take Ownership" to Explorer Right-Click Menu in Vista :: the How-To Geek Note the reg mod available there will also work on XP as well as Vista for seeing that option added onto the right click menu.

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I have two folders on an external drive both of which are empty. When I try to delete them, it says they are no longer located on this drive...try again. How can I remove these empty folders?

A:Unable to delete folders

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Is there a way to enable the delete icon in folders view? The red X that was available in Vista and XP. I cannot seem to be able to find a way to customize the toolbars to enable this useful feature.

A:Delete icon in folders?

Quote: Originally Posted by BCrose

Is there a way to enable the delete icon in folders view? The red X that was available in Vista and XP. I cannot seem to be able to find a way to customize the toolbars to enable this useful feature.

Hi BCrose,

Sorry this never got answered... but here it is, better late than never I hope:

Add a Delete Button to the Windows 7 Explorer Toolbar - Win7, Explorer toolbar, FolderTypes, command bar, Delete button, RegEdit, registry, 5c4f28b5, Dan Rollins

As with any regedit, be sure to backup all your data first :P Good luck and let us know how it goes!


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I have about 8 folders on my destop that are empty. I can delete them but when I reboot the pc they are back on the desktop. I have even tried to delete them with bc wipe. I do have rollback installed it's similar to goback only better. This problem started before installing rollback. No other files do I have trouble deleting. I do have system restore turned on probably do not need to now that rollback is installed.
I deleted folders and they are in trash. I emptied the trash no folders inside. Not deleted in safe mode. I restarted and they reappear on the desktop. Rollback was not activated during the restart.
I checked the folder permissons and all boxes are checked but they are grayed out. The folder is set as read only and I try to change it and hit apply but they cannot be deleted. I am logged in as admin.

A:Cannot delete folders on xp desktop

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Good day all!
In my C:\WINDOWS folder, there are lots of these folders:
- $NtUninstallKB873339$ -
Can I delete these? I keep System Restore disabled and I'm not interested in keeping history of installs/uninstalls. If I decide to modify my installation of the OS, I'll reformat and begin again.

Also, in \WINDOWS, there are these log files:
- KB873339.log -
Can I delete these? Any program that needs a log file will regenerate it if needed, right? (Note that these log files correlate to the NT uninstall folders. This one, in particular, refers to hypertrm.dll.)

Anyway, let me know what you think.

A:Can I delete these files/folders?

Seeing how no one else has taken the time to answer this question. I suppose you can delete those files. The only problem is that you won't (correction: I guess I should say won't be able to easily remove) you be able to uninstall the patches and other critical updates that you have installed over the years. Personally, I would not delete them. Storage is so cheap these days that it's easy just to buy additional storage space. The log files should be no problem to delete either but text files take up like no space at all. So again, I don't see why you would bother. The answer to your question though is yes you can delete them. I just don't recommend it.

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I have a boring task. I make an archive of several years of a daily newspaper, and every number of this newspaper i laying in its own folder on the CD I've got. So I open the folders one by one and draw the only pdf-file inside for collecting them. My wish is to delete all the maps at once and keep the contents. Is it possible? Or is there any other solution to get by this Cinderella-job?

A:Delete folders and keep the content

Providing that they are all PDF files, I'd run a search for .pdf and then copy them all into a single folder. Then delete the folders and original files - if needed.

This may not be the best solution. Its a little risky as well.

You cant delete all the folders without deleting the content. You would have to move the files first.

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I'm having the wow.dll trojan problem several other people have commented on here:
The malware has created an encrypted folder at:
with the wow.dll and wow64.dll
I have followed some of the responses here by performing several scans and I thought I had removed the threat using SuperAntiSpyware. 
Then, I ran Malware-Byte Anti Malware and it picked up the threat again.  My next plan was to scan and then shred the encrypted folder using Spybot's Secure Shredder, but I got an error saying I didn't have access.  I am the administrator on this machine.
Everytime I login windows wants me to backup my encryption keys (which clued me into the problem).  Stopping the malware doesn't seem to be a problem, it's stopping the threat AND deleting the encrypted file!
I've about exhausted all my computer malware elimination skills here....what should I do?

A:How to delete folders used in wow.dll malware?

Hello all,
I was able to get this problem resolved and I wanted to update everyone to the fix in case someone else has this problem in the future.  As I mentioned before, eliminating the malware is not really the issue here.  Several programs can do it, but this malware adds a folder of random characters to your:
C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Temp   directory (I'm using Windows 7 Pro 64bit)
These folders are encrypted, and because I hadn't used encryption on my machine before, Windows had a popup message asking me to backup my encryption keys.  This was my clue that something was still wrong here.
My first plan was to use spybot's Secure Shredder to destroy the files, but when I tried to open them, I got a message saying I didn't have the permissions required.  Ultimately, this is the guide I SHOULD HAVE used to solve the problem in order:
Although my order of running programs was:
SuperAntiSpyware (initial scan picked up the problem and fixed)
From what I can tell, the RogueKiller is what I really needed as a registry entry was preventing me from deleting the leftover folders.  All the other programs I tried were from reading other threads about this problem on this forum and others.  I had downloaded RogueKiller64.exe from a different site and whenever I did the Prescan the program just... Read more

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I used the Windows Backup Utility to restore a file to my desktop last night. It installed the entire path from the backup that I made. When I tried to click down through the path to get to the file, I got an error message saying that I didn't have permissions to do so. So, I tried to delete the directory (including sub-directories) off the desktop to try again, and was again told that I don't have permissions.

I'm fairly tech-savvy, and tried several things to resolve this. I went as far as rebooting into safe mode, logging on as Admin, and trying to delete...with no luck. I also tried booting into command prompt mode, and got a similar message. In command prompt mode, it also said something about the file or directory being used by another process.

I'm stumped and would appreciate anyone's help with this.

Some relevant info:
- Windows XP Pro
- All patches/Service Packs/etc are up to date
- Backup was made from a network share
- Restore was to the desktop on my computer (non-Admin profile)
- HD is a RAID 0+1 Array

Please help!

A:Can't Delete Folders On Desktop

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We have a folder C:/Documents and under this document we have alist of folders per employee, example C:/Documents/Joseph and C:/Documents/Ann etc. Now we need to remove all the files and folders that are found in the emplyees folders. Is there a software or script that can do this? Also there are 2 folders that I must not delete the subfolders for them. Is there something?


A:Delete Files and Folders

Can you not just delete the sub folders individually

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Had Avira. Uninstalled it using Revo. It left behind two folders that I can't delete. Tried HJT.....won't do it. Tried to manually do it and it says "you need permission to perform this action. You require permission from administrators to make changes to this folder. Tried to go into safe mode and delete them, nope. Tried to change permissions to allow full control but didn't seem to work either. Any other ideas? Thanks for the help.

A:Can't delete two Avira folders

You can try Unlocker, or Lock Hunter, or IObit Unlocker. I prefer them in the order listed. Have you tried to take ownership?

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Did a clean install on 10 and added several programs but can't delete files or folders or icon on start menu. My user account has administrator privileges and have enabled the administrator account which should have given me the right to delete but when I try I get a message that I need System permission to accomplish the request. Have searched everywhere for an answer with no effect. 10 is completely new to me so I would appreciate help from anyone who can explain to me what I'm doing wrong and do it in beginners lingo. Thanks in advance to any help.

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