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Windows 7: Folders Not Deleting

17 Jul 2010   #1
joelandsonja

Windows 7
 
 
Folders Not Deleting

I have researched this topic for some time now, and I still don't have a good answer. I am trying to delete some of the folders on my harddrive, but Windows won't let me. I already figured out the fact that it is a problem with permissions, but everytime I research this problem I get led down a path that does not help me in any way. Usually the typical advice is to right click on the folder you want to delete and select the security tab to access the settings, but the security tab in the folder I am trying to delete gives me an error message that says 'The requested security information is either unavailable or can't be displayed'

This is when I pull my hair out ...

Can someone please explain to me a simple way for me to delete these folders? Is deleting a folder to difficult for Windows to handle?


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17 Jul 2010   #2
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

You can try using this to take ownership of them first,

Take Ownership Shortcut
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17 Jul 2010   #3
Delphin

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by joelandsonja View Post
I have researched this topic for some time now, and I still don't have a good answer. I am trying to delete some of the folders on my harddrive, but Windows won't let me. I already figured out the fact that it is a problem with permissions, but everytime I research this problem I get led down a path that does not help me in any way. Usually the typical advice is to right click on the folder you want to delete and select the security tab to access the settings, but the security tab in the folder I am trying to delete gives me an error message that says 'The requested security information is either unavailable or can't be displayed'

This is when I pull my hair out ...

Can someone please explain to me a simple way for me to delete these folders? Is deleting a folder to difficult for Windows to handle?
Tell us the location and names of the folder you are trying to delete...
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17 Jul 2010   #4
Harvey Meale

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, BackTrack 4, Ubuntu
 
 

Hi, joelandsonja.

It'll help a whole lot if you can specify as much information about the issue as possible. As Delphin said, the name and location of the folder will be very helpful. It will enable us to create a solution dependent on the result.

Furthermore, I'd like to confirm that you're running as an administrator. Is this correct?

And lastly, there are some applications that will forcefully delete folders, but this isn't recommended as the folder you're concerned with may be legitimate and necessary.

Thanks,
Harvey Meale
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17 Jul 2010   #5
WindowsStar

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Harvey Meale View Post
Hi, joelandsonja.

It'll help a whole lot if you can specify as much information about the issue as possible. As Delphin said, the name and location of the folder will be very helpful. It will enable us to create a solution dependent on the result.

Furthermore, I'd like to confirm that you're running as an administrator. Is this correct?

And lastly, there are some applications that will forcefully delete folders, but this isn't recommended as the folder you're concerned with may be legitimate and necessary.

Thanks,
Harvey Meale
+1
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19 Jul 2010   #6
joelandsonja

Windows 7
 
 

Sorry for the wait folks, I've been away the last few days.

The folder is located on one of my storage drives found on drive E:

It is not an important file at all, it is simply an old tv show folder that I can't delete. I think the problem could stem from the fact that I recently switched over from Ubuntu to Windows and there are a few folders that won't delete.

At any rate, I tried the 'Take Ownership' suggestion, (thanks) but it didn't work.

I'm not sure what else there is to do because I've been searching to fix this problem for a while, and there only seems to be one or two suggestions on how to fix the problem, and unfortunately they never work.

Although any suggestions would be helpful at this point.

* I am running as an administrator.
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19 Jul 2010   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Joel and Sonja,

Starting at step 2 in the tutorial below, you might see if booting to a "command prompt at startup", then try to delete the file may work for you instead. This way you will bypass the usual "In Use" restrictions.

File - Delete from Command Prompt

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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19 Jul 2010   #8
joelandsonja

Windows 7
 
 

That looks like it might work, but I tried to delete it several ways through the command prompt and it didn't work. If you are certain this would work, what could should I type in?

I simply want to delete a folder on my E: that is labaled 'Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, The'
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19 Jul 2010   #9
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by joelandsonja View Post
That looks like it might work, but I tried to delete it several ways through the command prompt and it didn't work. If you are certain this would work, what could should I type in?

I simply want to delete a folder on my E: that is labaled 'Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, The'
Hi joelandsonja,

If you could post back a screenshot of the location of the folder, we could help

you with what you need to type in.


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19 Jul 2010   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Try Unlocker.
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