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Windows 7: Deleting folders: Windows, Program Files etc

11 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
Deleting folders: Windows, Program Files etc

I have an old 7 installation that I'm having difficulties exterminating. I want to delete: Windows, Program Files, Program Files (x86). I am aware this is not advisable etc etc, but that advice is inapplicable here because the installation is now on a data disk. I've tried some command line stuff with "takeown" and tried giving full permissions, but it is remarkably stubborn. Everything I did partially worked, but ultimately failed to get the job done. Thoughts?

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11 Aug 2010   #2

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)

See this: Take Ownership Shortcut
BTW, not all windows folder and Program files will let you delete them.
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11 Aug 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 10586

Hello Lostkeys,

Since this is now a data disk that you do not care about wiping out, have you tried either deleting and formating the drive/partition in Disk Management or formating the drive/partition at boot using your Windows 7 installation disk?
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