Windows 10: Deleted a user, but the folder remains & it's locked

Discus and support Deleted a user, but the folder remains & it's locked in User Accounts and Family Safety to solve the problem; I created a test user account, but it's no longer needed, so I wanted to delete it. I deleted it under settings>accounts>family & other people. It said... Discussion in 'User Accounts and Family Safety' started by rivre, Jun 28, 2018.

  1. rivre Win User

    Deleted a user, but the folder remains & it's locked


    I created a test user account, but it's no longer needed, so I wanted to delete it. I deleted it under settings>accounts>family & other people. It said it would delete all data, but it did not delete the user folder. The user is no longer available, but it left the folder behind. I tried deleting it after a reboot, but it says it's locked by NTUSER.dat.

    How can I safely delete this folder? I'm guessing I should be able to delete it? Why is it even locked now?

    I do have a program called "delete invalid file (DelinvFile)" that allows me to set a file or folder to delete at boot, but I wanted to verify this is safe before I do it.

    From what I've read, depending on how you delete a user, sometimes it leaves the folder behind. Typical Windows.

    :)
     
    rivre, Jun 28, 2018
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  2. Trouble deleting a folder

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

    *Confused Deleted a user, but the folder remains & it's locked :confused:

    Will I be forever stuck with these unnecessary folders? *Oh Well Deleted a user, but the folder remains & it's locked :eek:hwell:
     
    oli_ramsay, Jun 28, 2018
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  3. topgundcp Win User
    Unable to delete a folder - Invalid folder name


    Suggestion:
    • Run chkdsk x: /r to make sure that there's no HD corruption.
      x: is the drive containing the folder you want to delete.
    • Try to delete the folder again. If still does not work, go to step 3.
    • Download: Download - Linux Mint and create a bootable USB using: Rufus - Create bootable USB
    • 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.
     
    topgundcp, Jun 28, 2018
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  4. mon74 Win User

    Deleted a user, but the folder remains & it's locked

    Trouble deleting a folder

    Maybe if you have a spare drive, you can install a temporary winXP or win2000 and delete the offending folder from there?
     
    mon74, Jun 28, 2018
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