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Windows 7: How to delete a folder?

15 Jan 2011   #1
arblacksmith

windows 7
 
 
How to delete a folder?

I have a folder that has 25 subfolders and all folders are empty. When I try to delete them, an error appears stating that the folder contains names that are too long for the recycle bin. The next screen states that the source file name(s) are too long than is supported by the file system.

This is annoying to say the least. I would like to remove this folder and all its subfolders. I have tried everything from changing permissions to changing attributes and even trying DOS to remove the folders; no luck!!!!

Anyone have any ideas?


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15 Jan 2011   #2
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Boot Windows 7 into safe mode and try deleting the files with the Command Prompt.
Folder - Delete from Command Prompt
OR

Boot a *IX live CD and delete the folder. -WS

www.ubuntu.com
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16 Jan 2011   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Try unlocker great for 32 bit
Download Unlocker 1.9.0 - FileHippo.com

http://winhlp.com/node/39

That ubuntu CD, above, has worked in at least one other situation
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16 Jan 2011   #4
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by arblacksmith View Post
I have a folder that has 25 subfolders and all folders are empty. When I try to delete them, an error appears stating that the folder contains names that are too long for the recycle bin. The next screen states that the source file name(s) are too long than is supported by the file system.

This is annoying to say the least. I would like to remove this folder and all its subfolders. I have tried everything from changing permissions to changing attributes and even trying DOS to remove the folders; no luck!!!!

Anyone have any ideas?
Hold down the <Shift> key while pressing "delete".

If that does not work, download 7-zip;

7-Zip

the file manager in the program can handle long file names.

Regards....Mike Connor
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25 Sep 2012   #5
dbltapp

win 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

THANK YOU!! 7-Zip works with shift delete!!!
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