Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Undeleteable non-system folders in root

28 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
Undeleteable non-system folders in root

I have a question. My C: drive has two (non-system and non-hidden) folders which I do not think should be there - these are 'boot' and 'clean'.
I do not think 'boot' should be there as I already have a system folder named 'Boot' which is identical to the 'boot' folder. However, I cannot remove it as the computer will not let me.
I tried to delete 'clean', however I am unable to - it says that the item is no longer located in C:. When I open the 'clean' folder it contains a subfolder 'log' which contains one folder, which, when I try to open it, claims that 'C:\clean\log\2011-08-12_18:29boot-repair07 refers to a location that is unavailable'.
So my question is can I delete these folders? And if so, how?
Thanks in advance for your time and help.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 64-bit enterprise

You need to take ownership of the folders and change permissions so that you have full access. If you still cannot delete them, try using a boot time delete program like killbox, or use a live linux CD and delete the files from inside linux.

You could also do a registry cleanup with CCleaner. This sounds like left over junk from software that you don't have anymore. If the application that created the folders is no longer on your system, cleaning out any left over reg entries could help.

This could also be from malware. You might want to search on the names of the directories and see if anything comes up at the malware forums.

If you are still getting a message that a name doesn't exist, you might have to do chkdisk to fix an error in the directory.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Aug 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

My System SpecsSystem Spec

28 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Thanks for the quick replies guys, I took your advice and deleted it with Ubuntu., Thanks!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Undeleteable non-system folders in root

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Securing Folders to stop a user moving a root folder
Hi All I am hoping this is a simple request. We are using SharePoint in our office and have several sites. SharePoint has an issue with over 5000 files within one site. Unfortunately we had a mishap the other day when a user dragged one folder into another and we suddenly had 8000 files in one...
General Discussion
How to relocate Win 7 and few more system folder to root directory.
Hello, Thank you for reading my post to guide me. My Win 7 became corrupted when I downgraded from Win 10. Hence I recovered Win 7 & and few more folders from Backup disk. Unfortunately, somehow, they are placed in wring folder. I need to move them under root directory, but Cut /Paste does not...
Can't directly browse sub-folders below root drive on local network PC
PC is on domain. When entering path to a folder of another PC on the local network through it's administrative share i.e. "\\remotepc\c$\users\username\desktop" I get the message in the attached screen-grab. When I enter the path to the root drive "\\remotepc\c$" I get prompted for credentials,...
Network & Sharing
Intel USB 3.0 root hub and USB root hub registries missing/incomplete?
Ok, so I've run into a very tricky spot: Yesterday, I successfully resolved a windows update issue (thread can be found here: ). Basically, one problem led to another and I ended up...
what is aecache.dll doing in the root of my system drive?
What is aecache.dll doing in the root of my system drive? The details tab says it is from microsoft. But the location is very unusual. My searches have produced a long list of hits but no concrete info. Does anyone truly know what this program is and why it is where it is?
System Security

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:46.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App