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Windows 7: 320GB HD almost full

23 Aug 2011   #21
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Oh yes,
after system is cleaned up and running well.

then you can go back to the task scheduler and enable those tasks which you think you need.

Stay away from all of those wonder programs.

Win 7 is fantastic and already has built-in, and working, everything you need.


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23 Aug 2011   #22
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

and another point.

You need one and only one anti-virus program.

More is NOT better but rather will cause problems and poor performance.

Although there may be other anti-this or that programs out there, the only one that I recommend and the only one I will install is Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE)

win 7 is NOT XP. All of those good ol' faithful programs which one came to know and cherish back in the XP (eXPired) days are not needed and frequently are the source of wierd and strange problems.
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23 Aug 2011   #23
MvdB

Windows 7 64b Ultimate
 
 

If I'm not mistaken, this still leaves the problem of not being able to delete the directories?

If so, try this ultimate power play:
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

create that account, log in using that account and delete dirs....
Again, as others have explained before, using the <shift> key, you can circumvent the recycle bin. Just be careful what you do as that means that whatever you click to delete.. .is really gone...
Log out again...
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23 Aug 2011   #24
preiius

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Another way is to take ownership:

Take Ownership of file - Vista Forums

Sometimes you reach a point where it is simpler to call it a day, and start from a clean slate. Can you really trust your installation after you fixed all the problems?
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23 Aug 2011   #25
bootsmom

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MvdB View Post
If I'm not mistaken, this still leaves the problem of not being able to delete the directories?

If so, try this ultimate power play:
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

create that account, log in using that account and delete dirs....
Again, as others have explained before, using the <shift> key, you can circumvent the recycle bin. Just be careful what you do as that means that whatever you click to delete.. .is really gone...
Log out again...

hi MvdB thank you for jumping in.

I had thought of the admin account a couple days ago, but waited to confirm it with my local handholding guru and he said "have at it". He knows that I know my way around a computer (hah ! ) and he also knows that my built-in Administrator account was already enabled.

unfortunately, while logged in as Admin, I cannot access Windows Explorer (to display 'protected operating system files') so therefore I cannot even attempt to delete the backup. I don't know the correct file association, (associate to what??) nor do I know the right terms to use to search to "enable windows explorer on the desktop while using administrator account".

this is the text of the error I get:

"This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel."

any ideas? thanks in advance

Boots
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23 Aug 2011   #26
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

1. Did you log in NOT as an ordinary administrator but rather as the BUILT-IN ADMINISTRATOR?

2. Did you boot up, using that account into Safe Mode?

3. Can you still not delete the files?

There are some options left. But first I need those answers, because we don't want to jump thru still more loops if not required.
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24 Aug 2011   #27
BarlowM

Windows 7 32Bit
 
 

@karlsnooks - I don't believe that even the built-in administrator can delete folders which are listed as having a "path too long" (which is why bootsmom hasn't been able to delete the folders even still)
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24 Aug 2011   #28
MvdB

Windows 7 64b Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bootsmom View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MvdB View Post
If I'm not mistaken, this still leaves the problem of not being able to delete the directories?

If so, try this ultimate power play:
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

create that account, log in using that account and delete dirs....
Again, as others have explained before, using the <shift> key, you can circumvent the recycle bin. Just be careful what you do as that means that whatever you click to delete.. .is really gone...
Log out again...

hi MvdB thank you for jumping in.

I had thought of the admin account a couple days ago, but waited to confirm it with my local handholding guru and he said "have at it". He knows that I know my way around a computer (hah ! ) and he also knows that my built-in Administrator account was already enabled.

unfortunately, while logged in as Admin, I cannot access Windows Explorer (to display 'protected operating system files') so therefore I cannot even attempt to delete the backup. I don't know the correct file association, (associate to what??) nor do I know the right terms to use to search to "enable windows explorer on the desktop while using administrator account".

this is the text of the error I get:

"This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel."

any ideas? thanks in advance

Boots

Let me see if I get this... if you use the admin account, goto the dir and use 1 left click to highlight the file and then use <shift> <delete> to delete... is gives you THAT message?
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24 Aug 2011   #29
bootsmom

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

MvdB Let me see if I get this... if you use the admin account, goto the dir and use 1 left click to highlight the file and then use <shift> <delete> to delete... is gives you THAT message?

oh no ! that was the message I got when I tried to create a shortcut to Windows Explorer on the desktop (I had forgotten how to do it). Then I came to my senses and remembered how to do it, which I hadn't had to do in a VERY long time.

but on the topic of deleting the folder using the built-in administrator account (in or out of safe mode) I get the same "object cannot be deleted because the path is too long" message. I was supervised during the process by BarlowM.

I am presently searching for a "path too long" utility that will shorten the names in a batch and is hopefully free to do that, but so far no luck.

I'm keeping at it though.
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24 Aug 2011   #30
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

You need to do this via a Command Prompt. I think the problem you are having in the recursion cause dby Windows 7 using Junction Points. You need to find the real complete path to those files, not the one that has
ApplicationData.rcd/ApplicationData.rcd ....

Application Data is a Junction point (a pointer to another location). The real location is

C:\Users\xxxxxxxx\AppData and not C:\Users\rrkurtz\Application Data

Open a Command Prompt.
Do a cd AppData
dir *.rcd /s

See what it comes back with. Should be a much shorter path that you can navigate to via Command Prompt or Windows Explorer to delete those files.
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