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Windows 7: Odd Files Left Over After SP1 - Can't Delete (Long Paths)

02 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
Odd Files Left Over After SP1 - Can't Delete (Long Paths)


After installing installing SP1, a folder on my C drive is left over.

I am unable to delete it since the path is too long, see attachment.

Also, see attached txt file for directory and file info.

I can't rename the files either, rename does not even show up on context menu and F2 does nothing.

So safe to delete these files some how? I get the same error if I try and move it like it recommends in the message. I tried moving just a single file to C drive but same error.

Not a big deal since it's only 2 484 269 bytes or 2.36918354 megabytes worth of files.

Take Care,


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My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I'm not sure if it will work with the file you're having problems with, but you can try Windows 7 Disk Cleanup.
There is an option for Service Pack Backup Files.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

OK I clicked the "Clean Up System Files" button and choose to delete "Service Pack Backup Files", but folder with files still there.

Nice try.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

03 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64

Have a look at this tutorial.

Windows 7 SP1 Disk Cleanup Tool
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Yes that's what I did and files still remain.

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded /hidesp

Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 6.1.7600.16385

Image Version: 6.1.7600.16385

Service Pack Cleanup can't proceed: No service pack backup files were found.
The operation completed successfully.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64

Set the attributes for the files from a DOS prompt:

attrib -h -r -s *.*


Del /f /s /q *.*

That's what I had to do.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by y0himba
C:\$WINDOWS.~Q\DATA\Windows\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Media Player\Art Cache\LocalMLS"

Why? It has 123,451 Files, 2 Folders, all are +H +R +S, and Windows Cleanup is losing it's mind trying to figure this out. Off to the good old DOS Prompt! "Attrib -h -r -s *.*" took 23 minutes, then "del *.* /s /f /q" took 17 minutes. Disk cleanup then took 7 minutes.

Everything is running fine and I now have SP1 installed.

Let's see what happens when SP2 comes out....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Tried that too.

The path C:\b64127460b9ecf09f24de454232df5\6b90cab9fb68e9c153b6d1e7\a5f2639b8fb8bb11d4486c2c1149\amd64_micros oft-windows-s..-serverstandardcore_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.17514_none_1b307e702c1c2b57\security-spp-component-sku-serverstandardcore-timebasedeval-ul-oob.xrm-ms is too long.
I'm surprised malware is not using this "trick" yet.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2011   #8

Windows 7 x86

you have tune up utilities? its have function to cleanup old windows backup, i delete my sp1 backup but it will take a long time about 1-2 hours..
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2011   #9

7x64 SP1

Try renaming those top four folders to A B C and D to shorten the path? So instead it's C:\A\B\C\D\security-spp-component-sku-serverstandardcore-timebasedeval-ul-oob.xrm-ms
That's what I'd try.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Mar 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

OK I used Unlocker @ Download Unlocker 1.9.0 - and renamed the top folder to "1" and then I could delete the "1" folder like normal. :)

Problem solved, well hope it was safe to delete. haha
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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