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Cannot delete a folder


Overclocked Like A Mother
Hey Guys,

Tried everything here, trying to delete a folder, getting the "Access Denied" when I try to do anything with it, rename it, delete it, move it.

I tried deleting it in safe mode, no go, Tried it in the Doc&settings/username/localsetting/temp folder, still no go.

tried a couple of proggies that claim that they can delete it and no go either.

Any Ideas?

Thanks in advance,



Woah.. I'm still here?
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Political User
Have the files been encrypted using EFS?
Are any of the files in the folder in use?


Beware the G-Man
Political User
Try through a command prompt or boot to a command prompt

then just use the remove directory command, rmdir foldername (foldername is the name of the directory)

If the folder has a space in it's name then use the quotation marks around it's name. rmdir "foldername 1"

Booting to a prompt I think is the way to go.

Afterwards do the dir command and see if the folder is gone.

Good Luck. :D


Overclocked Like A Mother
Hey Guys,

Tried all the proggies listed, no go.

Taking ownership of folder? Please let me know how from here, I got XpPro.

KC, I installed this, but do not know what to do with it,

Gonaads, I tried that command line, and I cannot get to recognize the folder, Do I put in the filepath in the quotations?

Thanks to all for your responses


Overclocked Like A Mother
Hey All: Update,

I did the take ownership of folder using the admin account, like rushm001 said, and it worked. Sorry for the previous post, about not understanding the take ownership of folder. I forgot to disable simple file sharing before hand, hence, security tab was not available,

Thanks to all who responded,

Now to uninstall all these proggies,



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Glad you got it sorted.

FWIW, all you have to do is navigate to C:\Program Files\UPHClean\uphclean.exe and run that file.

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