Unable to delete certain user created folders



gil
07-09-2005, 11:48 PM
I have had this problem for some time, tried to find a solution myself,
but am stymied.

I have created several folders that I am unable to either relocate or
delete, or even rename. This also happens with the folder created when I
download a web page ("'webpage'_files". I get a generic message box that
Windows is unable to 'delete'/'move'/'rename' these folders as they are
being used by another program??? sometimes even when I just boot up. A
new set of files and folders will appear at the requested location but
none of the folders are deleted from the old location. It doesn't happen
often, but on a reboot I may be able to delete an empty folder, if I do
it before anything else.

I can access the files inside the folders, delete or move them, etc, but
cannot do anything with the folder itself, even when it is empty. I end
up with a pile of useless folders. This occurs on all 12 of my logical
hard drives.

FYI - I am not networked. I run XP-home on P4-2.8Ghz with 1.0GB RAM and
240GB of hard drive space in 2 physical drives. I have Office 97 Pro,
Corel Draw 8, PhotoShop 7.0 in addition to HP and Kodak software. I run
the administrator account and no files are supposed to be protected.

Is this a windows problem, or related to software? How can I turn off
"whatever", so I can work with my folders?



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Gil.

If you get the facts first,
You may not need to reconstruct your hard drive later!

Please reply to the group.

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Kelly
07-09-2005, 11:48 PM
Hi Gil,

Sorry to say but this has been an ongoing issue within XP from day one. :o(

Suggestions:

Can't Delete a File or Folder in XP
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm#del

You Cannot Delete a File or a Folder:
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=kb;en-us;Q320081

Sysinternals: http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/procexp.shtml
http://www.sysinternals.com/files/procexpnt.zip

WipeDir: http://www.skaro.net/wipedir/

WhoLockMe Explorer Extension v1.04 beta (NT-Win2K-XP)
http://www.dr-hoiby.com/WhoLockMe/

Inuse.exe: File-In-Use Replace Utility
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/tools/existing/inuse-o.asp

How to replace in-use files at Windows restart
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=http://support.microsoft.com:80/support/kb/articles/q181/3/45.asp&NoWebContent=1

Troubleshooting, Removing and/or Cleaning Add or Remove Programs
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_a.htm#addremove

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All the Best,
Kelly (MS-MVP)

Troubleshooting Windows XP
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com



"gil" <gxilserxvices@nxs.sympatico.ca> wrote in message
news:uXULCB0YFHA.3280@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>I have had this problem for some time, tried to find a solution myself, but
>am stymied.
>
> I have created several folders that I am unable to either relocate or
> delete, or even rename. This also happens with the folder created when I
> download a web page ("'webpage'_files". I get a generic message box that
> Windows is unable to 'delete'/'move'/'rename' these folders as they are
> being used by another program??? sometimes even when I just boot up. A new
> set of files and folders will appear at the requested location but none of
> the folders are deleted from the old location. It doesn't happen often,
> but on a reboot I may be able to delete an empty folder, if I do it before
> anything else.
>
> I can access the files inside the folders, delete or move them, etc, but
> cannot do anything with the folder itself, even when it is empty. I end up
> with a pile of useless folders. This occurs on all 12 of my logical hard
> drives.
>
> FYI - I am not networked. I run XP-home on P4-2.8Ghz with 1.0GB RAM and
> 240GB of hard drive space in 2 physical drives. I have Office 97 Pro,
> Corel Draw 8, PhotoShop 7.0 in addition to HP and Kodak software. I run
> the administrator account and no files are supposed to be protected.
>
> Is this a windows problem, or related to software? How can I turn off
> "whatever", so I can work with my folders?
>
>
>
> --
> Gil.
>
> If you get the facts first,
> You may not need to reconstruct your hard drive later!
>
> Please reply to the group.
>
> -----

gil
07-09-2005, 11:48 PM
Thanks for the reading material. Now if I could just access it from the
only room where I won't be disturbed...

Gil.

If you get the facts first,
You may not need to reconstruct your hard drive later!

Please reply to the group.

-----


At approximately 2005/05/28 01:58, Kelly typed these characters:
> Hi Gil,
>
> Sorry to say but this has been an ongoing issue within XP from day one. :o(
>
> Suggestions:
>
> Can't Delete a File or Folder in XP
> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm#del
>
> You Cannot Delete a File or a Folder:
> http://support.microsoft.com/?id=kb;en-us;Q320081
>
> Sysinternals: http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/procexp.shtml
> http://www.sysinternals.com/files/procexpnt.zip
>
> WipeDir: http://www.skaro.net/wipedir/
>
> WhoLockMe Explorer Extension v1.04 beta (NT-Win2K-XP)
> http://www.dr-hoiby.com/WhoLockMe/
>
> Inuse.exe: File-In-Use Replace Utility
> http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/tools/existing/inuse-o.asp
>
> How to replace in-use files at Windows restart
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=http://support.microsoft.com:80/support/kb/articles/q181/3/45.asp&NoWebContent=1
>
> Troubleshooting, Removing and/or Cleaning Add or Remove Programs
> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_a.htm#addremove
>


Unable to delete certain user created folders