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    Deleting subdirs ((home))

    When I sometimes (most of the time / always?) try to delete a directory which has subdirs (in Explorer), I get an error. To get things done I then have to go one-level deeper and delete that first.... Any clues?

    NB. I'm using NTFS

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    Re: Deleting subdirs ((home))

    try closing the top folder, so all you seen in the right are the subfolder names, or better yet, select a different folder so it's content in in the right pane, then r-click on the folder you want to delete and there is a good chance it will delete everything. However - depending on the folder permissions, you may still need to delete the subfolders first.

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    Re: Deleting subdirs ((home))

    Yeah, I understand... Here's what's so strange:
    1) I'm always doing (and have always done) this. It ALWAYS worked everywhere for me (in Win3.1, Win3.11, Win95, Win98) only now I have a problem...

    2) By the way... I am NOT on a network and I'm logged-in as administrator

    Makes no sense eh?

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    Re: Deleting subdirs ((home))

    Ah.. but winxp is not from the win9x family. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    WinXP acts like Win2k/NT, which is expected since it's built on the NT kernel.

    Exactly why NT handles it differently, I'm not sure, except that apparently when the folders are displayed in the right pane, they are "in use" and you can't delete files that are in use in either windows family.

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    Re: Deleting subdirs ((home))

    What files and folders are you trying to delete? Remember that a lot of files are in use and will not allow even the Admin to remove them. If they are account related, log out as current user and log in as another user with "Admin rights" and see if you can delete them then.

    Do NOT use Switch User as the current user would still be logged in.

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    Re: Deleting subdirs ((home))

    I recognize the "folder in the right pane" thing even from Win98. But also with my XP when I do NOT have them in the right pane it sometimes happens...

    (You are right about NT and it's kernel of course)

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    Re: Deleting subdirs ((home))

    Just some directories I'm playing with,nothing in particular and certainly nothing related to the system and/or system-files. I am logged-on as Admin and am mostly the only user logged on...

    Strange thing is, as I mentioned in my original question, that if I start deleting from a lower sub-dir and then move upward things always work flawlessly (so I do not have a real problem here, it's just a nuisance and something that makes me wonder why).

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    Re: Deleting subdirs ((home))

    I have NOT had any problems in deleting a root folder, except for the times that I had left a Word temp file in a lower folder do to a improper shut down of Word and the file was still in use.

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    Re: Deleting subdirs ((home))

    Yeah...well... maybe it is me then afterall... I was more carefull yesterday and made sure the file-pane to the right did NOT display the files/directory to be deleted. It did work that time... I'll test some more... If I remain quiet: it was me afterall (still this happened -more than- in Win98)

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    Re: Deleting subdirs ((home))

    Another thought, if one does a "Switch User" vs. a "Log Out", the first user's files are still in use. By chance did you do some thing like this?

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