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Windows 7: Undeletable File

25 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Undeletable File

Hey all,

I recently re-installed Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, and after deleting the Windows.old file, I've found myself left with a small folder that will not be deleted by any means. The error message I get is:

"This is no longer located in C:\. Verify the item's location and try again."

I did some research and tried various methods: tried deleting the file from the command prompt, but that didn't work. Tried to delete it with Total Commander, but TC insisted that I remove the copy protection from the file and wouldn't proceed. Tried simply making a copy of the folder and merging the two. Nothing I've tried has worked. I'm dying to get rid of this thing. I know that these ghost files are a well documented issue with Windows 7, and I've seen many threads with similar issues. I'm hoping that if I give the details of my problem, someone will have a solution.

The file itself is called "Windows.old," but it's not the full, actual Windows.old. It's just a folder that contains a sequence of other folders inside that, when clicked, open in this order: Windows.old -> Windows.old -> Users -> Matt (that's me) -> AppData -> Roaming -> SecuROM -> UserData -> [AND HERE'S THE KICKER] - two "files" that can't be opened, denoted by a string of crazy cyrillic text. 3KB and 1KB in size.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

My System SpecsSystem Spec

26 Feb 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Flyingsaucers, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if using the free program Unlocker may be able to help allow it to be deleted.

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

My System SpecsSystem Spec

26 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Thanks very much for the help guys. Unlocker did the trick (though I tried it last night and it didn't work. Strange).

Anyway, really appreciate it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Feb 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

You're most welcome. I'm glad to hear that you got it deleted.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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