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Windows 7: Folder won't Delete - ARGH

11 Feb 2010   #31
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Since this has not been mentioned, Maybe try downloading Eraser and right click--> erase file. this program overwrites files to delete them.

Eraser

Edit: erase "folder" I mean (I knew it was a folder...) Hope this helps

Another Edit: This program can also erase previously deleted files. by erasing the non-used space on the hard drive, it overwrites all previously deleted information. files/programs/folders/ everything under the sun......


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12 Feb 2010   #32
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Problem Solved

The problem has been solved and the folder has been deleted

I want to thank Arkhi for his command prompt (DOS) commands that I had not known about which I have to ask what does the codes /q /s after rmdir do, I hope Arkhi can answer And I'd also like to thank Thorsen for the Eraser program suggestion

And finally thank you to everyone who pitched in to try to solve this problem, thanks again
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12 Feb 2010   #33
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

yes Eraser is an awesome program. you should change your avatar to a smiley face avatar now. Glad your problem got resolved. And quoting a webpage: What can the command RMDIR?

/S Removes all directories and files in the specified directory
in addition to the directory itself. Used to remove a directory
tree.

/Q Quiet mode, do not ask if ok to remove a directory tree with /S
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12 Feb 2010   #34
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JerometheGiraff View Post
The problem has been solved and the folder has been deleted

I want to thank Arkhi for his command prompt (DOS) commands that I had not known about which I have to ask what does the codes /q /s after rmdir do, I hope Arkhi can answer

And I'd also like to thank Thorsen for the Eraser program suggestion

And finally thank you to everyone who pitched in to try to solve this problem, thanks again
NP. What did you do exactly? =P
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01 Jun 2011   #35
lab130

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Thanks--this worked for me!!

We'll try using the command prompt again. Open an administrative command prompt.

*Go to the directory it is located.
[ cd /d C:\Users\<account name>\Rogue\Desktop]

->wait, isn't your username Rogue? XD

*now type [ dir /x ]. This displays the shortname of files.

*now use rmdir if it's a folder, or del if it's a file to remove it using the short name

[e.g: rmdir /q /s FILEORFOLDER~1 ]
Folder - Delete from Command Prompt
File - Delete from Command Prompt
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23 Oct 2011   #36
lvsunz37

windows 7 Pro, 64 bit
 
 

Thank you lab130 for the suggestion as to how to eliminate a nuisance empty file that I could not delete from my desktop. This worked great & I appreciate it.
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16 Nov 2012   #37
kwilson7770

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Thank you!

I had the exact same issue! I did not do half of the troubleshooting steps because I wasn't able to, but the one that worked was the following DOS commands (I starred out some of the personally identifiable information):

dir /x

Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is ****-****

Directory of C:\Users\***********\Desktop

11/16/2012 09:54 AM <DIR> .
11/16/2012 09:54 AM <DIR> ..
11/16/2012 09:41 AM <DIR> LSV-CS~2.PER lsv-cs-***01 *****_staff_ws ****_staff_ws ******* ***********. Personal Folders Personnel who
11/16/2012 09:54 AM <DIR> NEWFOL~1 New Folder
0 File(s) 0 bytes
4 Dir(s) 2,077,152,612,352 bytes free


rmdir /q /s LSV-CS~2.PER

I could only remove the folder through its short name. I couldn't rename it, move it, copy it, etcetera.
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16 Nov 2012   #38
kwilson7770

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Update

I found out the cause of my folder issue.

I have a script that creates a folder based on a file path. Well some file paths are long so I cut it off at 50 characters long. I then added a "..." to the send of the folder so that people can understand that the folder name is not representing that full file path.

Well Windows does not like folders that end with a period. It is interesting that the windows scripting language (vbscript) allows you to create a folder that way
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02 Jul 2016   #39
AndrewJNZ

Wellington
 
 

This thread is still useful. I had the same problem and Google pointed me here

My problem seemed to be that the folder name was too long and Windows Explorer had problems with that. I was able to delete the folder in DOS using rmdir and then the short name of the folder, which I determined with dir /x (e.g FOLDER~1).

Thanks for the tips everyone.
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