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Windows 7: deleting folders

15 Mar 2010   #1
edicus

vista home premium
 
 
deleting folders

I have 2 windows backup folder and I want to delete one of them (i.e. windows.old). I get the message "this folder is no located on c:\" How do I get rid of it??

Thanks!

Eddie


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15 Mar 2010   #2
RknRusty

Windows 7 Home Premium - always up to date
 
 

Try navigating to it with the command prompt running as administrator and delete it. If that won't work, boot from another source and locate it. I use Ubuntu for that. The version I use has all sorts of useful utilities too.
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15 Mar 2010   #3
TimStitt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Hi Edicus,


Some thoughts:
  • What are the steps leading up to the error message? e.g. are you navigating to the folder and can see it in explorer and then trying to delete, are you using a third party deletion program etc?
  • If you can see the folder, then please run a checkdisk on your drive to remove any drive corruption.
  • Also please check that you have permissions to delete it.
If you need any steps to complete the above, then I'd be happy to post those up as well.
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15 Mar 2010   #4
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Run the Clean Up Disk from windows and it will delete the Windows.Old for you.

Or

Run it from an elevated Command Prompt: cleanmgr.exe
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16 Mar 2010   #5
jcgriff2

Windows 7 - Vista
 
 

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16 Mar 2010   #6
edicus

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TimStitt View Post
Hi Edicus,


Some thoughts:
  • What are the steps leading up to the error message? e.g. are you navigating to the folder and can see it in explorer and then trying to delete, are you using a third party deletion program etc?
  • If you can see the folder, then please run a checkdisk on your drive to remove any drive corruption.
  • Also please check that you have permissions to delete it.
If you need any steps to complete the above, then I'd be happy to post those up as well.
Thanks for the help to you and everyone else.

I am using Windows Explorer to navigate to the folder and trying to delete it from there. I'll try the other suggestions from this thread and see which works. And I did a check disk recently, so that might not be it - I'll run it again, though.
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16 Mar 2010   #7
edicus

vista home premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RknRusty View Post
Try navigating to it with the command prompt running as administrator and delete it. If that won't work, boot from another source and locate it. I use Ubuntu for that. The version I use has all sorts of useful utilities too.
From command prompt I get a message the directory is not empty. I did "del *.*" from Windows.old.000/users but when I went back to the folder and went to remove the Users folder I again got a message it is not empty.

I ran disk cleanup and checked "remove old windows installation" and that did not work either.


<sigh>
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16 Mar 2010   #8
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Open an elevated command prompt and type the following in order; I am going to assume the directory name is Windows.old.000 from the above postings. Please change the name as needed.

Note: This will delete the folder and there is NO quick recovery if you type the wrong directory name in, so please be extremely careful. Create a restore point if you want to have a backup.

Code:
takeown /F Windows.old.000 /R /A
attrib -r -s -h Windows.old.000\*.* /s /d
rd Windows.old.000 /s /q
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17 Mar 2010   #9
Zomby88

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

right click and select properties, that should tell you where it is. How many partitions do you have ?
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17 Mar 2010   #10
edicus

vista home premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
Open an elevated command prompt and type the following in order; I am going to assume the directory name is Windows.old.000 from the above postings. Please change the name as needed.

Note: This will delete the folder and there is NO quick recovery if you type the wrong directory name in, so please be extremely careful. Create a restore point if you want to have a backup.

Code:
takeown /F Windows.old.000 /R /A
attrib -r -s -h Windows.old.000\*.* /s /d
rd Windows.old.000 /s /q
Worked! Thanks so much. Command prompts make me miss the days of DOS!
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