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    cannot delete folder (XP SP3)

    I've reviewed past posts on this subject and tried all the suggestions to no avail.
    I have an empty folder named Kayaks that I created a couple years ago. The folder is a sub-folder in My Documents and had files in it at one time. When trying to delete the empty folder I get the'Cannot delete access denied" messgage. I've tried deleting it by delete, shift-delete from within explore and in safe mode. I've tried MoveOnBoot. Unlocker, chkdsk, Dr. Delete, command prompt del and file path. Any new suggestions would be welcome

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    Re: cannot delete folder (XP SP3)

    If you're running on XP Pro, have you tried Taking Ownership of the folder?

    In Windows Explorer (for example) right click on the folder, and from the drop-down menu choose Sharing and Security. Click on the Security tab, then on the Advanced button then on the Owner tab. Tick the box at the bottom Replace owner on subcontainers and objects and click the Apply button. OK out.

    Now see if you can delete the folder.

    If you have XP Home you'll need to read <!mskb=308421>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 308421<!/mskb>.
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    Re: cannot delete folder (XP SP3)

    Thank you. BATcher. The MS article you directed me to for XP Home worked like a charm. I spent hours trying to delete the folder. I just had to ask at the right time, I guess.

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    Re: cannot delete folder (XP SP3)

    Delighted you solved the problem!
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    Re: cannot delete folder (XP SP3)

    Problem not quite solved- that is there is a folder called DC401 in the recycle bin that won't empty from the bin, even in Safe Mode. When I try yo delete it, I get "cannot remove folder Kayak. access denied. make sure disk is not full or write protected etc.. If I right click properties to get to security tab, as was done in safe mode for the original Kayak folder, the only tab in properties is general which offers no chance to change permissions, tho that doesn't appear to n be the problem. Letting this reside in the recycle bin forever wouldn't be a big deal, but would be nice to get rid of it.

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    Re: cannot delete folder (XP SP3)

    Can you move it out of the recycle bin? You should then have a Security tab in Properties again.

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    Re: cannot delete folder (XP SP3)

    Well, I piggy backed on your idea. I created a folder called Junk in the Owners folder and moved that DC401 folder there. That did provide a security tab and I made sure the permission was OK, but it still won't delete, giving the same message. I can live with it in the Junk folder if need be. At least it's out of the recycle bin and should never rear it's ugly head again

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    Re: cannot delete folder (XP SP3)

    Since several conditions have changed, I think I'd try Unlocker again, even though you said in the first post that it was one of the things you tried. ...could be that ...

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    Re: cannot delete folder (XP SP3)

    If following the advice in the MSKB article Batcher linked to allowed you to get the folder into the recycle bin you might want to try that again but this time when you delete it, use the right click menu and hold down the shift key when you click on Delete & OK. This should bypass the recycle bin and just remove the file's information from the system.
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    Re: cannot delete folder (XP SP3)

    Neither the unlocker or the shift-delete did the job, but I don't mind having it parked in my Junk folder. Someday I may wish it was gone, but by then, maybe I'll have done reformat.

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    Re: cannot delete folder (XP SP3)

    Maybe a tool like ccleaner ( http://www.ccleaner.com ) can help you.

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