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    Can't Delete Old Windows Folder

    I have a desktop running WinXP Media Center Edition. When I bought it, Vista was just coming out, and the manufacturer offered an upgrade shortly after the purchase. I got the upgrade, but when I tried to install it, it hosed the PC, and wouldn't let me revert to XP. So I made a fresh install of XP MCE to a new directory called WinMCE. I've finally decided it's time to remove the old Windows directory, but when I tried, I got the attached error. How do I get around this?
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    You could try using Unlocker or, if that doesn't do the job, Dr. Delete. Both free programs.
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    You could also use a DOS boot disk to delete the folder in question.
    Just make sure you get the correct syntax and pathway to the folder in question right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    You could also use a DOS boot disk to delete the folder in question.
    Just make sure you get the correct syntax and pathway to the folder in question right.
    Dr. Delete and Unlocker are simpler to use and work within the GUI. Why mess with DOS & syntax ??
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    Unlocker did the job, although it took almost 2 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJDetroit View Post
    Unlocker did the job, although it took almost 2 days.
    Glad it worked out. But 2 days ??? Did it take that long to unlock the handles or to delete the folder ?? That's a very long time to delete anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DocWatson View Post
    Glad it worked out. But 2 days ??? Did it take that long to unlock the handles or to delete the folder ?? That's a very long time to delete anything.
    Unlocker said it couldn't find any handles to unlock, but then offered to try something else <grin>. So I told it to delete the folder. Folder was roughly 1.3GB.

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    Whenever I come across locked out Windows files that Unlocker wont work with, I just use a live CD of Ubuntu Linux (other Linux distros should work too).
    Put in the CD, browse to the Windows folder/file in question and delete away!

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    I find the WinOwnership program takes care of granting full access to any files, including system files, with one click.

    The following link is from another Windows Secrets thread, and credit for the link goes to fellow lounger Xircal:

    Details and download link here: WinOwnership: Gain Full Control Permissions For Windows System Files via Drag & Drop

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    For some reason copying and pasting the link didn't work, but the WinOwnership thread with the link is in the Other Apps forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by royw View Post
    For some reason copying and pasting the link didn't work, but the WinOwnership thread with the link is in the Other Apps forum.
    Here's a working link to the thread and a link to the article & DL.
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