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Windows 7: Unable to delete a deleted user's folder


27 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
 
 
Unable to delete a deleted user's folder

Hi,

I looked around for answers, but haven't gotten one, so I decided to make this post as it caters directly to my needs.

My old account got corrupted from installing a program for connecting my laptop to my college's WiFi. Anyway, I was told by the college's IT Dept. to create a new account (richard) and delete the old account (ralobban). I did all that, and now the ralobban folder remains (see images). What shall I do?




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27 Oct 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Ralobban, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Right click on the C:\Users\ralobban folder, and click on Share with -> Nobody.

Next, if you haven't already, delete the ralobban account in User Accounts (Control Panel).
User Account - Delete
Now see if you are able to delete the C:\Users\ralobban folder. If need be, you could also try deleting the folder in a command prompt at boot.
Folder - Delete from Command Prompt
Hope this helps,
Shawn
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27 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
 
 

Hi Brink,

Thanks, and thanks for the assistance.

Nothing happens when I click on Nobody. I know it's supposed to get the padlock on the folder, but there are no changes.

I got the .reg file to Take Ownership of the folder too, but still no changes.


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27 Oct 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Did you try to delete the folder in a command prompt at boot?
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27 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
 
 

No, I'm not sure how to do that.
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27 Oct 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Step 2 in the tutorial below can help show you how to. You might print it out or write it down first to have it as a reference if needed. The link in step 2A will show you how to open a command prompt at boot.

The main thing is to make sure that you use the correct drive letter/volume number for the drive/partition that your Windows 7 is installed on.

Once you know that, you would just use that drive letter in the path of the folder in the command. For example, if the drive letter is C at boot, then you would type this command.

RD /S /Q "C:\Users\ralobban"

Folder - Delete from Command Prompt

If you have any questions, then please feel free to ask.
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28 Oct 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
 
 

Oh yes!
It worked like a charm.. thanks a lot, Brink!
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28 Oct 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome.
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