Windows 10: app installation problem - directory not empty

Discus and support app installation problem - directory not empty in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Trying to install Miktex after uninstalling it in Win 10. Have read other apps fail to reinstall with same error message: The specified installation... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by jalea148, Nov 16, 2016.

  1. jalea148 Win User

    app installation problem - directory not empty


    Trying to install Miktex after uninstalling it in Win 10. Have read other apps fail to reinstall with same error message: The specified installation directory is not empty. Have run installation as admin.
    Can install in different directory, but other apps that interface with this app fail.

    :)
     
    jalea148, Nov 16, 2016
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  2. Messed my N900 up - should I reflash?

    Hmm. Got as far as:



    mv /home/home/opt/* /home/opt

    But after entering that line I get a series of "mv: cannot rename [directory]: directory is not empty" errors - one for every application i've installed it seems.

    Is it safe to move on to the next line, or is that a problem?



    Cheers.
     
    Dave64---01, Nov 16, 2016
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  3. Deleting C:|msi*.tmp empty folders

    Thanks.

    But I did not say the empty directories were malware. I said that the program that Microsoft posted on one of its responses was labeled malware by its own operating system, Windows 10. Win-10 told me that the Microsoft program was not safe because it's certificate
    was not valid - it advised me not to run it.

    I am fine with deleting the empty directories ---- they cannot be really important since they have zero bytes.

    I also tried to use Disk Cleanup but it did not do anything - I suppose this is (as you say) because these are empty directories, not files. And deleting them would not free much disk space. However, having 104 extra empty directories in C:\ is unsightly.

    Again - the problem is that Windows will not allow the empty directories {C:\msi*.tmp] to be deleted even with administrator privileges. And it will not allow me to take ownership and delete them either.

    Incidentally, all of these files are from 2013. It appears that I was able to delete the more recent directories.
     
    John_R_Bennett, Nov 16, 2016
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  4. dalchina New Member

    app installation problem - directory not empty

    Hi, not an unusual situation. Depends if the uninstaller deliberately leaves configuration data behind (sometimes that's an option on uninstalling) or maybe the uninstaller has been poorly configured.

    If you prefer you could manually delete the folder before installing.
     
    dalchina, Nov 16, 2016
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  5. jalea148 Win User
    Thank you; removing the folder is the key. Initially, after the uninstall the folder disappeared. When the Recycle bin was emptied. Then, after deleting it, the install completed.
     
    jalea148, Apr 4, 2018
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