cant delete folders in winxp

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by InSaN|tY, Sep 4, 2003.

  1. InSaN|tY

    InSaN|tY OSNN Junior Addict

    Um i hope that someone can help me, i got 2 folders in one of my drives, and they created themselfs somehow. Contents of these fodlers r from windows uptades, the problem is that i cant do anything with them, cant delete them, cant rename, move nothing. Is there a way to delete them ? :confused:
  2. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

    Melbourne Australia
    Try the notepad thing first.

    Deleting files - Access Denied Error

    Explorer.exe in XP has a bad habit of wanting to hang on to files, even when you have finished using them - therefore when you try to delete the file, XP will say "Access Denied".
    This error occurs more often when working with media files - mp3, avi, mpeg etc.
    Close all open applications.
    Open a command prompt and navigate to the directory with the offending files.
    Then open the Task Manager and click on the Processes tab. select "explorer.exe" under Image Name. Click "End Process".
    That will leave you with only the command prompt and the task manager running.
    Now at the Command Prompt, its time to delete the file(s). Using the DEL command. Example c:>\movies\DEL movie.avi
    Now the files are deleted, go to the task manager and click on the Applications tab. Click the "New Task" button. in the dialog, type explorer.exe and click OK.

    For folders the command is 'rd'.

    OR this (not tried)
    Just open NOTEPAD and then click on "OPEN". Navigate to the file in the little Notepad "explorer" window and right click on the .avi file and delete it.