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I recently started having the common, as I realized, problem of not being able to rename folders in Windows 7 (32 bit).

I don't understand why it happened after almost a year of ideal use of Windows 7.

I haven't removed the libraries nor can I think of anything else that could potentially cause this, at least as far as I know.

The only thing I did recently was to change my anti-virus program from the freeware version of Avira to the freeware anti-virus Microsoft Security Essentials.

Any idea on what the problem is and how to fix this?

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do you get any error while rename? – Ankur Dholakiya Dec 30 '10 at 5:29
"Can't rename folder"? Why? What happens if you right-click the folder, choose "Rename", type a new name, then press Enter? – Dour High Arch Dec 30 '10 at 5:32

Seems a Microsoft Update (KB980408) caused this issue on some systems.

“Deleting the following registry keys, and rebooting, has solved the problem for me:”


Source of Information

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+1: Fixed it for me - had been suffering this for weeks! :) – Umber Ferrule Jul 7 '11 at 22:45
Dude I would give you a nobel prize for this one! This should be marked as correct answer ! Only solution i found that actually works! Thanx – Haris Apr 2 '13 at 13:35

You can try renaming using Command Prompt.

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I get the error: – Tasos Dec 30 '10 at 6:03
Item not found - but when i click try again it works – Tasos Dec 30 '10 at 6:04

I recommend using File Unlocker to do it. I recommend version 1.8.7 (which had no spyware/toolbar payload with it) but version 1.9.1 might be safe to use.

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