Windows 10: Unable to delete files or folder

Discus and support Unable to delete files or folder in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I am using windows 10 pro version 1903 and I need to delete a folder containing about 6 files and 4 sub folders. When I click delete, I get the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by cosmarchy, Sep 7, 2020.

  1. cosmarchy Win User

    Unable to delete files or folder


    I am using windows 10 pro version 1903 and I need to delete a folder containing about 6 files and 4 sub folders.

    When I click delete, I get the following error:

    Unable to delete files or folder [​IMG]


    I am then prompted with a dialog where I enter the administrator username and password.

    I then get the following error:

    Unable to delete files or folder [​IMG]

    and it's saying it wants permission from my user account. I would have thought that if I log in as an administrator, this would have more permissions than I do!!

    I keep going around in a circle with windows wanting permission after permission and I just cannot delete these files or folders; they all behave the same.

    I have tried under safe mode but I get the same and I have tried changing ownership too but I still keep getting asked for permissions. I have also tried inheriting permissions from a folder further up but this doesn't do anything either.

    I am limited in that I cannot install any software due to domain restrictions so is there any other way to delete this folder and files?

    Thanks

    :)
     
    cosmarchy, Sep 7, 2020
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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 Unable to delete files or folder :confused:

    Will I be forever stuck with these unnecessary folders? *Oh Well Unable to delete files or folder :eek:hwell:
     
    oli_ramsay, Sep 7, 2020
    #2
  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.
     
    topgundcp, Sep 7, 2020
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  4. Unable to delete files or folder

    Delete a file folder.

    In such cases it is often possible to use this 3-step process:

    1. Move the folder to C:\
    2. Reboot
    3. Delete the folder
     
    Frederik Long, Sep 7, 2020
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