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    Persistent folders

    I've been trying to delete a number of folders from my system and keep getting an error message-

    Cannot remove folder XXX: There has been a sharing violation.
    The source of destination file may be in use.

    These are totally empty folder trees, the files have all been deleted and the only application I know of using them is Windows Explorer where I'm trying to delete them.

    Any ideas?
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    Re: Persistent folders

    restart in MS-DOS and remove them that way.. [img]/forums/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]

    use the RD command to remove the directory.

    RD C:WINDOWS will remove the C:Winodows Directory. (Which of course, would NOT be a good idea... )

    Hope that helps!
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    Re: Persistent folders

    You will get that error if you try to delete a folder that Explorer has open. If you are using Explorer with the tree in the left pane and the current folder contents in the right pane, then open the parent of the folder you want to delete in the tree. Then, in the right pane, right click on the folder and select delete from the context menu. If you only have the content pane, then navigate to the parent folder, and right click on the folder and again select delete.
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    Re: Persistent folders

    Sorry, that doesn't work in NT. There is no boot to MS DOS mode. I should have said I was running NT but it was posted in the NT forum.
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    Re: Persistent folders

    Apologies if it is an obvious question, but I presume you have enabled viewing of ALL file types under Options . . ?

    Otherwise, is it possibly a shared folder with someone else accessing it?

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    Re: Persistent folders

    I suspected that as a possible problem in the tree version of Explorer long ago and tried it. It doesn't make any difference. Just for grins I closed Explorer and went into My Computer to try the single pane interface, same results.
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    Re: Persistent folders

    Are these folders on a networked drive? If so someone may be attached to this folder and not allowing you to delete it.

    Also are any of these made by the OS or any program?

    Remember that 'My documents' can be deleted but will come back, also 'Links' in Favorites, and My Pictures under My Documents. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Persistent folders

    These are all on local drives and not shared.

    Some of these folders where created by a Visio install (C:Program FilesVisio...).

    Some were created by me as an attempt to re-install Visio (M:binVisio_InstallInstall...). I manualy copied "Install..." from the CD to the folder I created M:binVisio_Install using Explorer.

    Some had nothing to do with abortive attempts to install Visio (C:WINNTProfilesxxxxxxDesktopdewitt1_advanced_deve lopmentAdmin)
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    Re: Persistent folders

    Make sure that you have ALL hidden and system files shown and extensions on, by turning them on in the views area of explorer. You could have a hidden file in these folders.

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    Re: Persistent folders

    First change I make to any system I work on along with Display full path, include description bar and just before I change 98/ME/2000 systems to use the classic interface instead of the stupid web page view.

    There are no hidden files I can't see unless there's some other switch someplace I haven't found yet.

    Most of this stuff came from a CD rom originaly. I have discovered that if I go through and uncheck the Read Only box on the properties that I can then delete some of them but not all. Rebooting also helps.
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    Re: Persistent folders

    If you restart, and depress F8 while loading, do you get an option to start in DOS then?
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    Re: Persistent folders

    With in Explorer got to the Menu, Tools, Folder Options.
    Select the "View" tab, you will see a Folder icon Hidden files and folders, the there are two 'buttons' click the "Show hidden files and folders.
    Then a short ways down CLEAR the entry "Hide file extensions for known file types" and "Hide protected operating system files".

    On this last one I will clear it only when I am trouble shooting and the go back and check it off again. This will help you in protecting the system files.

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    Re: Persistent folders

    As I said in my reply, this is the first thing I do to any system I work on I've been doing what you said for the last 5 years.
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    Re: Persistent folders

    I came across a folder today that I had created some time ago, and when I went to delete it - <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15> no can do - somehow the read-only attribute was turned on. Turned off the read-only and I was able to get rid of it. Is it possible that is what has happened to you?
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    Re: Persistent folders

    I beleive I commented on this in the 01/04/20 17:06 reply.
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