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Windows 7: One folder with files, inside a number of empty folders

10 Dec 2012   #11
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melita View Post
That is not working either. Please see the screen shot.

(1) ALL OTHER (2) PERMNENT FILES (3) PERMNENT FILES (A) FILMS (B) COMPUTER - not shown

All five are folders. (A) and (B) contained word documents only, and were individually inside (3), which is the way I wanted. (1) and (2) with no contents of their own, are the offenders. (3) got inside (2) and (2) got inside (1). Hence, 3 clicks to access (A) and (B).

I moved the contents of A and B to another library and both of them are empty. Sometime during the course of this morning, while I was trying this operation, folder B has disappeared, unknown to me. All the time, I was trying to delete A (just to start with one of them). A and B being separately inside (3), how this happened is a mystery!

The matter remains there with A refusing to budge. None of the documents it contained are open anywhere.

(By the way, the word permanent is wrongly spelled to fit the file name box)

Regards.
Are you familiar with "Process Explorer"? It provides the functionality of Windows Task Manager along with a rich set of features for collecting information about processes running on your system. I suggest downloading it from the following site;

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../bb896653.aspx

Post back after downloading and I believe it will provide a reasonably simple solution to the problem you are having.


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10 Dec 2012   #12
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I have downloaded it. Never seen it before. Seems awfully complicated.
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10 Dec 2012   #13
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melita View Post
I have downloaded it. Never seen it before. Seems awfully complicated.
From what I have gleened in your posts, I don't think you will have a problem. First of all, start Process Explorer. When you have it running, go to the problem folder and try to delete, then when the error message pops up do the following;

Left click to drag and drop the "crosshairs" icon on the error message.
(see image below for clarification)

One folder with files, inside a number of empty folders-pe-crosshairs-image.jpg

1. You should see the program information that is preventing the action from being completed.
2. Kill the approiate process/program.
3. Delete the file/folder.

I hope this provides a solution, let me know.


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10 Dec 2012   #14
gigagiggles

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

It is my understanding Windows Libraries contain links to locations where contents are held, and do not actually contain contents themselves. Even so, if the Libraries' "contents" are backed up, why not restore the Libraries to the defaults via properties dialogue box? Any non-defaults should be removed by the restore and new ones can be (re)established.
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10 Dec 2012   #15
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gigagiggles View Post
It is my understanding Windows Libraries contain links to locations where contents are held, and do not actually contain contents themselves. Even so, if the Libraries' "contents" are backed up, why not restore the Libraries to the defaults via properties dialogue box? Any non-defaults should be removed by the restore and new ones can be (re)established.
I believe the OP is just trying to move items within the tree. The following article seems to fit the situation under "What happens if I delete a library or the items in a library":

Libraries: frequently asked questions
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10 Dec 2012   #16
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

This seems fun! Before killing the program I am just checking with you. Is it OK to kill 'explorer.exe'? Please see screen shot.


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10 Dec 2012   #17
gigagiggles

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

explorer.exe can be restarted.

Have you tried rebooting to Safe Mode to do what you want to do with the Libraries? Maybe whatever is running the content in the Libraries folder won't start up in Safe Mode.
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10 Dec 2012   #18
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melita View Post
This seems fun! Before killing the program I am just checking with you. Is it OK to kill 'explorer.exe'? Please see screen shot.
Yes and see the following article on how to restart "explorer.exe" afterwards.

http://www.addictivetips.com/windows...-xp-and-vista/

Sorry for the delay in responding.
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10 Dec 2012   #19
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

The delay is not a problem at all sir.

When I kill explorer.exe with the Process Explorer using the method you described, if everything closes (as addictive tips says), I will not be able to access the folders I want to delete, before re-starting explorer.exe or am I missing some thing here?

"Select the Exit Explorer command. Start menu, Taskbar and "Desktop will the closed" and the other applications will continue to run in the background"
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10 Dec 2012   #20
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melita View Post
The delay is not a problem at all sir.

When I kill explorer.exe with the Process Explorer using the method you described, if everything closes (as addictive tips says), I will not be able to access the folders I want to delete, before re-starting explorer.exe or am I missing some thing here?

"Select the Exit Explorer command. Start menu, Taskbar and "Desktop will the closed" and the other applications will continue to run in the background"
Obviously a very good point and one I overlooked during a senior moment!

I forgot we were dealing with "explorer.exe" and there is no access to files or folders when it's terminated. I need to go back to the drawing board, now that I know explorer is causing the problem, and review how to handle it.
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