Folder wont delete

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Jason2k1, May 30, 2002.

  1. Jason2k1

    Jason2k1 Guest

    a folder on my desk top wont delete or rename, it says
    "cannot read form source file or disk" any ideas on how to get rid of it,


    Thanks,

    Jason
     
  2. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Join the club. Annoying isn't it. Everything I've tried has failed miserably. Same error. Apart from my desktop I've even got one in my recycle bin. If you find a way be sure to post it. :(
     
  3. madmatt

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    To delete:

    Restart XP
    Enter advanced options by pressing F8 right before the XP boot up screen
    Use the option safe mode (first choice)
    Once Windows loads, simply launch Explorer and navigate to the folder and delete it as you would.

    Sometimes this problem can be solved by simply rebooting. If not, follow the steps above.

    Good luck.
     
  4. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Didn't work for me madmatt. Any other ideas?
    :(
     
  5. madmatt

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    Give me an example of a file you are trying to delete? and location?
     
  6. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    This might be a bit long winded but I'll try to keep it short. I copied a theme from a cd to the desktop. From there it would not move to a different folder. Kept getting the same error as Jason2k1. Then I copied it again from the cd directly to where I wanted it. Decided to remove the theme folder from both places & both refused, again the same error. Things I have done to delete them.
    [*] Put cd back in & hit delete. No go.
    [*] Open task manager. Turn off explorer. Delete folders. Turn on explorer. Still there.
    [*] Boot into safe mode & use command promt to delete.
    All that this has done is emptied the folder contents but the folders still remain. Also the folder that was within the program file folder has somehow ended up in the recycle bin but will not delete.
    One last point: When using the command prompt C:\where the foder is\folder name\.............using the del command it looks OK but when executed it ends up looking like this.......C:\where folder is\folder name\* & I can't get it to just the 'folder name'. So the contents are deleted but not the folder. Hope this makes sense.
     
  7. madmatt

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    wow, weird I must say. I'll look into it for you guys.
     
  8. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    I've noticed a few around here with the same problem. Hope you come up trumps. :D
     
  9. Taffy

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    Try This

    I could not delete a folder so what I did was boot in safe mode,Logged on as Amin then loaded the explorer up.
    Right clicked on the folder you need to work on. go to security settings and change them around there. I then deleted the folders I think some problems could be sorted there.
    I hope this helps
    Good luck