Friday, May 22, 2009

How to delete an access denied folder

This thing gradually happens when the folder is associated with a program running in the background. Whenever you will try to delete the folder Access Denied or different messages popup.

If the file is in use you cannot delete it.

Do the following to delete the file.
Go to Start Menu > Program > Accessories > Command Prompt
Close all the other programs running except Command Prompt.
You will need to make sure that the explorer.exe file is properly shutdown.

To exit all explorer.exe files do this :

Go to Start Menu > Shutdown. Hold down Ctrl+Shift+Alt and press cancel.

Now go back to the command prompt window and give the del command to the folder you want to delete.

And go back to Task Manager > File > New Task and type explorer.exe

Close the command prompt and task manager

Now your folder is deleted from the drive

To manually delete the folder do the following :

1. Go to Start Menu > Search. Select the option - Search for all files and folders.
2. Type the name of your folder in the search box.
3. Click on Search.
4. When you can see the folder note the location. Eg : c:\windows\system32\undeleteablefilesname.exe
5. Run Task Manager by right clicking on the task bar or pressing ctrl+alt+delete
6. Go to process tab and select end process option for all the services named explorer.exe
7. Exit Task Manager.
8. Go start menu > run > type cmd.
9. In the Command Prompt window locate your folder. Eg:c\program files\unabletodelete folder
10. Now use the DEL command to delete the file.
11. Exit command prompt and restart your computer.

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