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Windows 7: Cant delete 'Windows' folder

14 Jun 2015   #1
skrillek

64 bit windows 7 home professional SP1
 
 
Cant delete 'Windows' folder

As simple as it sounds, it was an old hdd that had windows on it and there is a folder on it still called 'windows' with system32 folder in it, i have changed permissions and who owns it and yet i still cant delete it with admin rights. the folder has a lock on it but idk what else to try


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14 Jun 2015   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Skrillek,

Would formatting the drive be a viable option?
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14 Jun 2015   #3
skrillek

64 bit windows 7 home professional SP1
 
 

it would but i wont have enough space to move 250gs of data
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14 Jun 2015   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

In that case, see if you may be able to delete the subfolders in it first, then the Windows folder.

If not, then see if you may be able to delete the folder at boot.

Folder - Delete from Command Prompt
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14 Jun 2015   #5
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You can also delete from a Live Linux - Download - Linux Mint
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14 Jun 2015   #6
skrillek

64 bit windows 7 home professional SP1
 
 

thank you i will try these out when i next restart the pc
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14 Jun 2015   #7
skrillek

64 bit windows 7 home professional SP1
 
 

i have another problem, it only happens when i open raw video footage, if it hasn't been compressed to h.264 windows media player opens fine but also a window saying installing pinnacle studio 17 opens every time... and i had it before but i deleted the files before uninstalling the program.

a little while in it has an error but it is really annoying
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14 Jun 2015   #8
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Try scanning with CCleaner both cleaner and registry sections. See how it goes.
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14 Jun 2015   #9
skrillek

64 bit windows 7 home professional SP1
 
 

yeah i did that and it did pick it up but it still does it :/
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14 Jun 2015   #10
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

How's it going with the Windows.old folder?
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