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Folder on desktop can't be deleted

  1. #1


    bilglas Guest

    Folder on desktop can't be deleted

    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?

    Thanks....

    bilglas


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  3. #2


    DP Guest

    Re: Folder on desktop can't be deleted

    This happened in Vista?



    "bilglas" <Bill@AlphaBaseInc.com> wrote in message
    news:eUicHQ9iHHA.3452@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > 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?
    >
    > Thanks....
    >
    > bilglas
    >



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  4. #3


    Rick Rogers Guest

    Re: Folder on desktop can't be deleted

    Hi bilglas,

    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:

    CD %userprofile%\desktop
    del /y <folder>

    This should remove the folder. If it does not, then keep the command prompt
    open and:

    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
    news:eUicHQ9iHHA.3452@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > 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?
    >
    > Thanks....
    >
    > bilglas
    >



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  5. #4


    bilglas Guest

    Re: Folder on desktop can't be deleted

    Grateful for the suggestions, "Nutcase" ... but neither effort was
    successful. (Also tried RD command instead of CD ... I'm an old DOS
    aficionado, myself...)

    But I rebooted in Safe Mode, and it deleted instantly... no problems.
    Ta-daaaa!

    Sure would still LOVE to find out WHY it was happening, and how to prevent
    it, in the future. Nice pipe-dream, eh?

    b

    ===========================

    "Rick Rogers" <rick@mvps.org> wrote in message
    news:uD3$Kw9iHHA.3700@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > Hi bilglas,
    >
    > 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:
    >
    > CD %userprofile%\desktop
    > del /y <folder>
    >
    > This should remove the folder. If it does not, then keep the command
    > prompt open and:
    >
    > 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
    > news:eUicHQ9iHHA.3452@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> 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?
    >>
    >> Thanks....
    >>
    >> bilglas
    >>

    >



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  6. #5


    Rick Rogers Guest

    Re: Folder on desktop can't be deleted

    Hi,

    I'm going to assume you meant "RD instead of DEL" (not CD), but glad to hear
    it is resolved.

    Why? Well if that hadn't worked, my follow up would be to use something like
    Process Explorer (from the former Sysinternals) to find out what had a
    handle on it:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sys...sExplorer.mspx

    --
    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
    news:%23wvIXIBjHHA.1240@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Grateful for the suggestions, "Nutcase" ... but neither effort was
    > successful. (Also tried RD command instead of CD ... I'm an old DOS
    > aficionado, myself...)
    >
    > But I rebooted in Safe Mode, and it deleted instantly... no problems.
    > Ta-daaaa!
    >
    > Sure would still LOVE to find out WHY it was happening, and how to prevent
    > it, in the future. Nice pipe-dream, eh?
    >
    > b
    >
    > ===========================
    >
    > "Rick Rogers" <rick@mvps.org> wrote in message
    > news:uD3$Kw9iHHA.3700@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> Hi bilglas,
    >>
    >> 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:
    >>
    >> CD %userprofile%\desktop
    >> del /y <folder>
    >>
    >> This should remove the folder. If it does not, then keep the command
    >> prompt open and:
    >>
    >> 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
    >> news:eUicHQ9iHHA.3452@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> 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?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks....
    >>>
    >>> bilglas
    >>>

    >>

    >



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  7. #6


    Diamontina Cocktail Guest

    Re: Folder on desktop can't be deleted

    Download Unlocker.


    "bilglas" <Bill@AlphaBaseInc.com> wrote in message
    news:eUicHQ9iHHA.3452@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > 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?
    >
    > Thanks....
    >
    > bilglas
    >



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  8. #7



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    Re: Folder on desktop can't be deleted

    Rick Rogers, thank you for the Process Explorer link! I searched high and low for a way to remove this annoying folder on my desktop and the Process Explorer found the virtually anonymous process holding the file hostage instantly. Also, thank you to all of you that post and respond to these types of issues, without you I would be lost

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  9. #8



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    Join Date : May 2010
    Chicago
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    Re: Folder on desktop can't be deleted

    Hi. I have the same problem and I followed the command thing, but I don't know how to write it (everything together or separate by parts, or how?) I did everything I could by writing it in different ways but still tells me that the syntax of the command is incorrect.
    I don't know much of computers neither, even though I followed the process step by step, it just won't work because of the syntax.
    Please help??? Thanks for everything. I'm new in this forum, so nice to meet you

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