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Windows 7: Recently unable to delete some files/folders

25 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Recently unable to delete some files/folders

Hi guys,

I don't know if it's an update issue or a tweaked service, but over the past month or so, I've noticed that it's getting harder to delete some files and folders. It says it's in use, etc and can't be deleted (even after restarts, etc)...just random files/folders from my work (design and audio files), to just general ones.

Any ideas?

I know unlocker 64-bit is in an alpha testing stage while Mr. Collomb is working on his driver signing, but oh man I need that program!!! LOL

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25 Apr 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Have you tried deleting the folders in safe mode?
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25 Apr 2010   #3
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X

I've found that this method usually lets you delete just about anything. Granted, it could also allow you to delete critical system files, but if you know what you're doing then this might help. Note: Shutdown every program running and then follow this tutorial.

Undeletable File - Delete
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26 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Have you tried deleting the folders in safe mode?
It's because it's happening so randomly & frequently with any file/folder that getting at them via safe mode wouldn't be practical.

notsograymatter, I'll give that a go. Sounds like it might do the trick.

Any ideas guys as to what might be causing this all of a sudden? I have my windows drive backed up with acronis....I'm getting close to going back to the last image...but would like to avoid it if I can as it's my work PC. (And also to find out what may have caused this issue in the first place)

Thanks for your help folks
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