A) Ignore the Read Only indicator, as it is only applicable to files, not
the folders. This same issue occurs in XP as well. Read Only, even if it was
applicable, wouldn't prevent the folder from being deleted.
B) Open an elevated command prompt by typing CMD into the start/search box,
then right click the entry in the start menu and choose 'run as
administrator'. Now, from the prompt run:
del /y <folder>
This should remove the folder. If it does not, then keep the command prompt
C) Hit ctrl+shift+escape to open task manager. On the processes tab, pick
the explorer.exe process and end it to halt the desktop. Switch to the
command prompt window and retry the del command. Afterward, go to the
application tab of task manager and pick 'new task'. Enter Explorer.exe and
click 'ok' to restart the desktop.
Best of Luck,
Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com
"bilglas" <Bill@AlphaBaseInc.com> wrote in message
> There's a folder on my desktop that used to contain a few files I was
> working with. They're gone now ... the folder is completely empty ... but
> I cannot delete the folder itself. When I try, I get that annoying error
> message, "The action can't be completed because the folder is open in
> another program. Close the folder and try again." Clearly, this folder is
> NOT actually open in another program ... not that I'm aware of.
> AND!! When I check the PROPERTIES of this folder, it shows that it's set
> to READ ONLY. I uncheck that box ... click APPLY, then OK ... and it still
> won't delete. Then I check the Properties again, and the READ ONLY box
> appears to have, uh, re-checked itself! (I can go through this cycle
> multiple times ... same thing, every time.)
> Anybody have any suggestions?