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Windows 7: Can't delete a folder in Windows 7

31 Oct 2011   #1
skycrysis

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Can't delete a folder in Windows 7

Hi,

I was cleaning up my laptop by deleting empty folders etc and i couldn't delete this single folder. This is a folder with a few zips and a installer. If i want to delete the folder is says "the action can't be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program". Which is cleary there isn't..

Any help please? thank you.

I'm sorry if i posted it in the wrong section.


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31 Oct 2011   #2
fireberd

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Usually, in cases such as this I've found I have to manually delete the items in the folder first. In some cases I've had to move files to a temporary folder so I could delete the folder and then delete the file in the temporary folder. Sort of a convoluted way to get around it.

I have been able to start in Safe Mode and delete the folder items then then folder, too.
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31 Oct 2011   #3
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

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31 Oct 2011   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Some things that may help:

Reboot and try again.

Try to delete the folder or files from a command prompt.

Use an application such as Unlocker to help you.
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31 Oct 2011   #5
skycrysis

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Update: Thank you guys, the unlocker did it. Still didn't find the actual cause of it but anyways thank you.
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31 Oct 2011   #6
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

You're Welcome
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