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Windows 7: Folder and its files can't be deleted.


28 Jun 2009   #1

Windows 7 RC Build 7100
 
 
Folder and its files can't be deleted.

So I installed Windows 7 RC 7100 from a dvd with Vista present, choosing what I assumed was the clean install option. The installation rounded up the old windows and put it in a folder called windows.old. I got what I needed out of there, and deleted the windows.old folder and stuff got deleted, except the windows.old folder and some remaining sub-folders. There are two files way down in the last folder that won't be deleted. Windows 7 claims they are not there, so they cannot be renamed and cannot be compressed. Plus they have 0 bytes. These files are labeled in what looks like real Coptic script. These files can be moved and the folders that contain them too. Windows 7 will not delete them, saying that they are not where they are anymore.

I figure that when I deleted the windows.old folder, something went wrong and now Windows 7 shows them to be there, but also thinks they are not there - weird that it has enough to think they are there but not enough to think it can delete them.

Anyway, how can I get rid of whatever is there?

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28 Jun 2009   #2

7600.20510 x86
 
 

I don't think there is anything you can do to get rid of them besides a format. I've had something like that for over a year on one of my disks that is 400 GB full and I have no place to move the stuff temp away to fix it. I tried a little looking for ways, like software or commands, but nothing deleted the files.

Here's mine.


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28 Jun 2009   #3

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 
files cant be deleted

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sonyack View Post
So I installed Windows 7 RC 7100 from a dvd with Vista present, choosing what I assumed was the clean install option. The installation rounded up the old windows and put it in a folder called windows.old. I got what I needed out of there, and deleted the windows.old folder and stuff got deleted, except the windows.old folder and some remaining sub-folders. There are two files way down in the last folder that won't be deleted. Windows 7 claims they are not there, so they cannot be renamed and cannot be compressed. Plus they have 0 bytes. These files are labeled in what looks like real Coptic script. These files can be moved and the folders that contain them too. Windows 7 will not delete them, saying that they are not where they are anymore.

I figure that when I deleted the windows.old folder, something went wrong and now Windows 7 shows them to be there, but also thinks they are not there - weird that it has enough to think they are there but not enough to think it can delete them.

Anyway, how can I get rid of whatever is there?
I think torrentg is correct but could you right click one of them and tell us the properties and who the owners are?

Thanks

Ken
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28 Jun 2009   #4

XPSP3, Se7en RTM
 
 

Try running a disk check (chkdsk /f) on the drive.
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28 Jun 2009   #5

7 Pro Build 7600.16385x64 [2.0 WEI]
 
 

hows about the Take Ownership shortcut?
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28 Jun 2009   #6

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Yeah, I've done all the tricks like trying to take ownership, using other OS, chkdsk too. Nothing fixes it.

Here's one of the file's permissions.


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28 Jun 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

had the same problem. old securom files. just do what i did... give up and just make the folder (not the contents, just the folder) hidden. poof they're gone.
maybe i'm just lazy
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28 Jun 2009   #8

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 
folder cant be deleted

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torrentg View Post
I don't think there is anything you can do to get rid of them besides a format. I've had something like that for over a year on one of my disks that is 400 GB full and I have no place to move the stuff temp away to fix it. I tried a little looking for ways, like software or commands, but nothing deleted the files.

Here's mine.
If you are absolutely sure you want to get rid of them there are a couple of ways.

1-boot from a dos cd and delete them *.* even if they are -h,-s,-x (hidden,system files, and read only) DOS doesn't know that.

2- some apps (Im gonna use one called treesize) are able to delete anything. I have deleted winsxs files from within windows.

3- if your dual booting delete them from the other partition. This doesn't always work

Hope it helps some.

Ken
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28 Jun 2009   #9

7264x64/7260x86
 
 

If you can move them, why not move them on a flash drive and them nuke the flash drive?
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28 Jun 2009   #10

7600.20510 x86
 
 

It's only possible to cut and paste within the same partition. Trying anywhere else it gives the same error as when trying to delete. "Could not find this item"
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