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    I have a number of folders such as "fe760b9a10b67218c11e1b85ffe1b0" with either an update folder with access denied, and also some other folders with several sub folders named AMD64 and i386.

    None of the primary folders (i.e. fe760b9a10b67218c11e1b85ffe1b0) can be deleted and are not cleared using recycle delete command.

    Would appreciate any advice

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    Welcome to the Lounge.

    Folders such as those are usually created by a product or update installation. Normally, the install process removes the folders at the end. If the installation is not completed normally these folders can be left on your PC.

    To delete the folder you may have to take ownership of it. See Windows 7 Take Ownership & Grant Permissions to Access Files & Folder for instructions on taking ownership. If you have a different operating system the procedure is essentially the same.

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    These may very well be signature files for MSE AV/AM. See this link for the Winddows 7 forumns and an explaination.
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    What os and location of these folders in relation to one another may also provide some clue as to their
    presence, practicle or otherwise. These odly named folders are usually hidden, often have subfolders with
    typically non user standard files in them, like ini, or driver tidbits etc.

    If your planning on deleting them, I'd keep them in some other location off the main drive for a while, until
    you establish that you/os don't need them for some specific function. Note where they are located in the explorer tree
    in the event you do need them back.
    There is also a potential instance were a registry entry points to a particular file or folder for reference to
    a dll, or some other linked file or process. Lost registry links may be more difficult to get back.

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