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Windows 7: Can't delete folder (tried everything!)

09 Jan 2013   #1
Dixonater

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Can't delete folder (tried everything!)

Hello! My name is Ronnie, and I have tried pretty much every single way on how to delete a folder that simply won't go away.

Some background...on my desktop, I have a folder called "Paul Ryan Hypocrisy on Specifics" (I do YouTube videos, and that happened to be one of my videos), and there is nothing in it. I, however, am unable to rid of the folder. Not only does this tamper with my OCD, but I don't want Paul Ryan to haunt me post-election. :P

I tried almost everything. I tried the fancy little code thingies through the Command Prompt (running it as the administrator). I tried downloading numerous programs, such as Unlocker, Lock Hunter, and Delete Long Paths. I tried hiding it, renaming it, adding a file to it and then trying to delete it. I tried deleting the folder on Safe Mode. I tried restarting my computer. I tried refreshing my desktop. Nothing seems to be working!!

I did happen to run across an interesting thing, though, when using "Delete Long Paths." It showed a file called "destop.ini" in the folder. I was unable to delete it, though, because it required me to purchase the full program, which I was not going to do. I researched it, and I understand it's purpose, but I have no way of deleting it, considering how it is hidden in all other circumstances. Furthermore, I am not even sure if that is what is causing the issue.

So, if anyone could offer their assistance, that would be grand!

Thanks!

- Ronnie


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09 Jan 2013   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Does a SFC scan show anything wrong?
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Have you tried booting to another operating system and deleting it from there? You can download Ubuntu, burn it to a CD, boot to that CD and delete whatever you want.... just be careful!
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09 Jan 2013   #3
Dixonater

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Does a SFC scan show anything wrong?
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Have you tried booting to another operating system and deleting it from there? You can download Ubuntu, burn it to a CD, boot to that CD and delete whatever you want.... just be careful!
I am currently running the scan now. And I don't know if I want to install a new OS onto my laptop. I will do it if no other option works, though.

Thanks for the tips!
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09 Jan 2013   #4
Dixonater

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Does a SFC scan show anything wrong?
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Have you tried booting to another operating system and deleting it from there? You can download Ubuntu, burn it to a CD, boot to that CD and delete whatever you want.... just be careful!
And the scan didn't detect any issues.
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09 Jan 2013   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Create another folder, put it in that. Try to delete the new folder.
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09 Jan 2013   #6
Dixonater

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Create another folder, put it in that. Try to delete the new folder.
Tried that before, and I just tried it again. The problematic folder cannot even move. It can't be renamed, manipulated, or moved to any other location.
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09 Jan 2013   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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09 Jan 2013   #8
BisVal

Win 7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

Try the free program Unlocker - it may help.
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09 Jan 2013   #9
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dixonater View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Does a SFC scan show anything wrong?
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Have you tried booting to another operating system and deleting it from there? You can download Ubuntu, burn it to a CD, boot to that CD and delete whatever you want.... just be careful!
I am currently running the scan now. And I don't know if I want to install a new OS onto my laptop. I will do it if no other option works, though.

Thanks for the tips!
I'm sorry that I was not clear:
You do not have to install another operating system on your computer.

You run the entire Ubuntu OS from the CD. I've done this several times - just be careful what you delete.

If you don't like Ubuntu - you can pick from many other CDs that will let you do this. I just picked Ubuntu because you might like having an entire OS on a bootable CD.
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09 Jan 2013   #10
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dixonater View Post
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I tried downloading numerous programs, such as Unlocker, Lock Hunter, and Delete Long Paths.....
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BisVal View Post
Try the free program Unlocker - it may help.
@BisVal, I almost posted a link to Unlocker, then I scanned the OP again.

I've never found a file or folder that Unlocker could not get rid of, but it sometimes takes several steps.

For anyone wanting to try Unlocker - please watch out for the junk that comes with it. See this post:
Two TEMP Folders
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