Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: How to delete program files and system folders?

03 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
How to delete program files and system folders?

Before I go on, I would like to note that:
- I'm currently using Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
- I have 2 HDD (D and E drive) and 1 SSD (C drive)
- I have posted screenshots as it might clarify what I'm trying to say

Anyway, I'm having trouble with deleting program files (both 86 and 64) and system folders as you can see in the below:

Basically, few days ago I have installed a new SSD for my PC. With that being said, all of my stuff in C drive has been cloned and copied to one of my HDD (E drive).

As a result, I have successfully installed the SSD and copied all of the cloned files back to the C drive (Which is my current SSD). So far, there weren't any problems and every thing was good and dandy.
The end result looks like this:

However, when I tried to delete the cloned files in my E drive it won't let me delete the program files folder and system folder as you can see in the first picture.

So how can I delete these files completely?

Also, when I try to format the HDD the button is greyed out:

Thank you and help would be appreciated it.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

03 Nov 2012   #2

Win 7 Ult 64-bit

Try the free software Unlocker - it should solve the problem.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BisVal View Post
Try the free software Unlocker - it should solve the problem.
Thanks for the help.

I have successfully deleted both program files folders and deleting system folder right now.

However, why is it taking so long for system folders? It's been 30 minutes and the bar is not even quarter way up. And unlocker is taking like 50% CPU atm...
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 How to delete program files and system folders?

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
new user :-) two program files folders; can't delete
Hi Guys, I'm a little stumped by this which is unusual for me OK, I was installing some x64 plugs yesterday and the default installer wasn't pointing to the right folder so i manually typed the correct path c:\Program files\Steinberg\VST...
General Discussion
Can I delete folders from Program Files(x86) ?
I have Windows 7 Home basic 64 Bit OS. I have lots of applications installed, out of which every applications folders are stored on both Program files and Program files (X86) Folder. I am not going to use 32 bit OS in future. So can I delete folders from Program files (x86) Folder directly ? ...
General Discussion
Will it be safe to delete this files/folders?
Sorry for being a dummy, after using TreeSize Free, I saw the files/folders that are consuming so much space in C: the question is, will it be safe to delete them? Here they are: I specified them to not confuse them with others I'm losing space(maybe 1gig above) without downloading something...
General Discussion
How to delete all folders/files with a certain name
I want to delete all the files/folders with a certain name like the __MACOSX folders that comes with many icon packs. Is there a tool or script that can do that? I think there should a command-line instruction to do this but i couldn´t find it.
General Discussion
Cannot delete leftover program folders/files
I uninstalled BitDefender Internet Security 2010 last night, in favour for Microsoft Security Essentials. I used Revo to do this. The funny thing is though, the bdagent still runs in the background as per usual, and the all the program files and folders are still there, but I can't delete them. I...
How to delete files and folders not found?
I keep getting these, try to delete them, says cannot find file, but yet, there it is, in the folder. I have two folders that have similar files in them, win7 refuses to delete them, even in safe mode. I end up hiding the folders so I dont have to look at them all the time. How do I fix this crap?
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:13.

Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App