Windows 10: Any way to force delete a folder, regardless of permissions?

Discus and support Any way to force delete a folder, regardless of permissions? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hello, As often happens, I have an undeletable folder on my Windows 10 PC. I am logged in as me, the only user, an administrator, but, infuriatingly,... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Hellopaul, Dec 4, 2018 at 6:07 PM.

  1. Hellopaul Win User

    Any way to force delete a folder, regardless of permissions?


    Hello,
    As often happens, I have an undeletable folder on my Windows 10 PC. I am logged in as me, the only user, an administrator, but, infuriatingly, when I recently updated Windows 10, Microsoft left a trail of junk lying around, including a folder called WindowsApps. I've hunted around and found some not entirely helpful guides on how to delete this - why does this OS not allow me, an admin, to administer my machine?

    So my question is: Is there some app or command that I can use to just exterminate something from my hard drive? I am soooo fed up with this terrible OS telling me what I can and can't do. The process of setting permissions is utterly ridiculous (and, today, entirely ineffective, resulting in helpful errors like "Failed to enumerate objects in the container. Access is denied"). I also got an error, when trying to fix the permissions on this folder that "This access control entry is corrupt". So I try to create a new one..."Select a principal"? What on earth does that mean? So I went through the process of creating a new thing, but it's stuck in a loop with that same "enumerate" error.

    Which brings me back to my first question: I have admin control over this hopeless OS, so is there some kind of way (some equivalent of Linux's "sudo") of bypassing this corruption and just deleting the thing without having to spend a year or so at Microsoft while they explain all their in-jokes on how they hate their users and take every opportunity to make our lives miserable?

    Sorry for the rant, but I've just spent a couple of days using Mac OSX, and coming back to this clunky old Windows 10 is very, very painful.

    :)
     

  2. Trouble deleting a folder

    Thanks for the suggestion but it says "delete folder failed for E:\....." for each folder I try.

    *Confused Any way to force delete a folder, regardless of permissions? :confused:

    Will I be forever stuck with these unnecessary folders? *Oh Well Any way to force delete a folder, regardless of permissions? :eek:hwell:
     
  3. topgundcp Win User
    Unable to delete a folder - Invalid folder name


    Suggestion:
    1. Run chkdsk x: /r to make sure that there's no HD corruption.
      x: is the drive containing the folder you want to delete.
    2. Try to delete the folder again. If still does not work, go to step 3.
    3. Download: Download - Linux Mint and create a bootable USB using: Rufus - Create bootable USB
    4. Boot up with Linux Mint and try to delete the folder again.
      NOTE: Unlike WinPE. Linux does not have any Windows permission imposed to it so it is easier to delete.
     
  4. Any way to force delete a folder, regardless of permissions?

    0 byte folder cannot be deleted Problem

    I have a 0 byte folder and I can't delete it. I'm using win 7 64 bit.
    please help *Cry :cry:

    It says access denied when trying, please login as admin blah blah msgs....

    I've searched the net for hours, Trying unlocker, fileassassin, and all other 'file deleter' programs out there. tried on safe mode, tried the cmd commands, even in cmd it says access denied, tried the closing explorer.exe and doing the command. I tried changing permissions and atrributes and it says you do not have permission to view or edit this objects permission settings. I logged in as the Administrator and still no hope.

    the folder originally contained all my movies but since then i moved(using the move command) all of them someplace else(on another hdd) and I thought it was gone but the folder is still there, 0 bytes. It was shared when i deleted it and still appeared on the shared folders list but inaccessible coz it was already deleted so i 'unshared' the folder from the shared folders list. and so the problem began. the folder is still there and it is undeletable

    One surefire way to do it without deleting my files is copying all other files to another HDD and reformat it and copy it back again but my hdd is currently contains 1 tb out of 1.36 and i dont have any hdds with that free space to use.

    ALSO I CAN'T OPEN THE FOLDER it says

    Location is not available

    'directory' is not accessible.
    Access is Denied.

    i think its more of a windows glitch than a virus problem

    help??? *Frown Any way to force delete a folder, regardless of permissions? :(
     
    lyndonguitar, Dec 4, 2018 at 6:13 PM
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