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Delete Microsoft Security Essentials from Windows XP

How do I delete remnants of MSSE? There are some files left over that are interfering with McAfee. These are the files: Application.etl dw20sharedInstall.log mp_ambitsinstall.log msseInstall.log ...
2
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1answer
392 views

Windows XP - found.000 folder on external drive, access denied, can't delete and there's no Security Tab

I tried to run a disk defragmentation, but it said there is this folder called found.000, corrupted, on my external hard drive (FAT32), it came after a chkdsk, when I try to access it, it says "access ...
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1answer
196 views

Prevent permanent deletion of files in Windows XP

First, I'm running Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3. Is there any way to disable the permanent delete? Normally, deleted files go to the Recycle Bin. Can I disable the bypass-recycle-bin-delete ...
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Deleting *.htm files also deleted *.html files [duplicate]

What is going on here?? Bunch of *.html and *.htm files in my directory, I do a del *.htm and after that the *.html files are also gone: I noticed it happening in Total Commander when I typed the ...
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2answers
72 views

Has anyone seen this and how can I remove it?

I have a folder which I'm not able to delete or open. when I check its properties, it seems like I have a drive beneath my folder: C:backup is the name of the folder. Although I have a C drive, ...
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1answer
178 views

Deleting old account on Windows XP after reinstall

I recently had to reinstall Windows XP due to some kind of corruption. As I didn't wipe the hard drive first, the old user accounts containing my documents are still present. I want to get rid of ...
10
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2answers
978 views

User RECYCLER folders have thousands of hidden files

We have a "Users" folder that is the root of all user files and network profiles. Using a directory size utility (WinDirStat), I stumbled upon a strange and worrisome problem - thousands of files ...
2
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3answers
914 views

Folder cannot be deleted

I am using Windows XP Home Edition. When I try to delete a folder I have named cygwin. When I try to delete it or any file or folder within it, there is a long pause, and then an error pops up, ...
2
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3answers
707 views

Can I rename a file that is open on Windows XP?

I want to programatically rename a file and it could be open. It's a log file. When I was testing my code the rename part didn't work because the log file TestPro.log was open by the TAF (Test ...
0
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2answers
360 views

Windows XP takes too long to fail deleting an open file

Don't get me wrong: deleting a file is normally superfast. However, if the file is in use, Windows will choke on it for exactly five seconds before displaying a message box indicating failure (access ...
2
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2answers
2k views

Delete files that don't exist in another directory

I have two directories, such that directory B is at least a complete mirror of A. For example: A/ directory1/ file1 directory2/ file2 file3 B/ directory1/ ...
0
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1answer
255 views

How to disable the creation of Thumbs.db file? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are Thumbs.db files for? How can I prevent them from being created? I am using Windows XP. Everytime I delete a folder which contains Thumbs.db file, I get a ...
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3answers
2k views

Deleting a file from a network drive

If I have a network drive setup which connects to a specific server. If I delete a file from that network drive, it does not go into my desktop recycle bin and it does not go into the recycle bin on ...
1
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2answers
247 views

How to detect why I cannot delete directory?

I cannot delete empty directory, I would like to know why. That directory did contain movie that was being played by my custom player and it might somehow be still blocking the directory. however it ...
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2answers
12k views

How to force delete a folder or .dll in Windows XP? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Deleting "undeletable" files in Vista I am trying to delete a folder in Windows XP but when I do, it says: Destination Folder Access Denied You need ...
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0answers
279 views

Can I delete the files in C:\Windows\Installer folder? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it safe to delete from C:\Windows\Installer? The folder "C:\Windows\Installer" on my Windows XP contains 2 GiB of .msi files. I know they are Windows Installer cache ...
2
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2answers
309 views

why can't i delete this file on my pc

i am trying to install some software and it requires removing the following file: cd %SYSTEMROOT%\assembly\GAC rename Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.Old the ...
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3answers
1k views

Can't delete files in XP

On Windows XP I've made a copy of my home directory. Now I want to remove it, but there's a directory with two files which I can't get rid of: N:\COPY-OF-HOME\Local Settings\Application ...
3
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3answers
5k views

How to stop Windows explorer asking “are you sure?”?

Whenever I move or delete files in Windows XP, the explorer seems to have to ask me, if I really want to do it, whenever there's a read-only file, or an executable, or for some other strange reasons. ...
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11answers
104k views

How to delete files and folders that cannot be deleted?

I have a backup copy of a previous Windows' Documents and Settings folder which only contains my original user and within 2 more directories: Favorites and Local Settings. When I try to delete Local ...
4
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3answers
8k views

Deleted file on network drive

I deleted a file on a network drive. Is it possible to get it back? It is not in my recycle bin, and it is not in the recycle bin on the server to which I have a network drive too.
2
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3answers
610 views

how to delete strange folders refering to my c partition

I have some strange folders on my harddisk (they appeared in a subdirectory of a QT installation on my c partition, i am not sure, but i think those folders appeard after i deleted some temporary ...
1
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2answers
2k views

How to copy directory structure, by only two levels but not the third?

From XP's Command Prompt, I am using XCOPY to copy directory structure of s:\bloo\"[8family]\"[30-40genus]\"[5species]\ and want to limit the structure to just the genus and families, and ignore the ...
1
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3answers
744 views

Windows folders exist but don't exist (Access is denied)

I have just deleted 3 folders from a directory. 2 of the folders have been deleted and gone, the third remains. The delete completed successfully. I used shift-delete to avoid the recycle bin. ...
0
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1answer
2k views

Securely Delete unused disk space [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a program to truly delete all deleted files? I recently moved a bunch of files off my harddrive. How can I zero out the unallocated disk space to make sure all ...
10
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4answers
6k views

How to delete (invalid) files with colon in their name under Windows?

I've got a rather large number of files on my Windows drive that have a colon in their name. (These came from unpacking some Unix archives.) When I try to delete them, Windows (XP) complains that ...
2
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3answers
366 views

Internet History Eraser?

I'm looking for eraser tool that can erase all history, not only browsing one but also search and Windows apps history. The visited web sites trouble me too, is this a type of internet history or ...
1
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5answers
5k views

Unable to delete files (A bunch of inside a folder)

I am unable to delete, rename and even force delete (using /F in cmd.exe) a bunch of files. These were created during some updates etc and in a different drive than C root drive. Using Windows XP SP3. ...
0
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1answer
497 views

Can't delete large file due to McAfee

I have this file I need to download, and when I try to delete it normally I get the error "Cannot delete FILENAME: It is being used by another person or program." etc.. Looking at the application ...
1
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5answers
1k views

Unable to delete a directory from NTFS drive: “Access is denied”

I'm running Windows XP Pro x64 SP2. I have a directory on an NTFS drive that was created by a Maven build. A subsequent build attempted to delete this directory and failed. I now get the error "Access ...
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2answers
264 views

Folders disappear every time Windows XP starts up

Symptoms: Whenever my Windows XP machine starts up, subfolders disappear from the first top-level folder, listed alphabetically (eg. from "C:\AA Backups"). The first time it happened I suspected user ...
2
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2answers
190 views

Windows XP Delete File Option

When I go to delete files in XP, it's deleting them directly. I had my machine recently reimaged, and this feature changed (no longer says are you sure you want to do this). Where does the ...
0
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1answer
538 views

File delete history in Windows XP

Is there a way I can view a list of files that the user has recently deleted, assuming they have already been removed from the recycle bin?
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3answers
2k views

How to delete files recursively in Windows XP in certain directory

For example I have many many directories, let's say dir1, dir2, dir3 and in each of that dir has subdir named tempdir. I want to delete all files in tempdir from dir1 to dir3 without manually going ...
66
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8answers
108k views

Can I delete the folder “C:\WINDOWS\Installer\$PatchCache$”?

This folder is taking up nearly a GB of my C partition. Is it possible to just delete it?
5
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4answers
775 views

Recover hard disk data?

When I reinstall Windows XP, by mistake I deleted all five partitions. I dit not format them yet though. So how can I recover this? When I attach the hard disk to another PC it just sais that the ...
1
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5answers
405 views

Why do deleted exe files come back?

I noticed on one computer running XP SP2 that when I delete some exe files (Examples: spider.exe, spoolsv.exe) from c:\Windows\System32 folder, that they came back. I thought it is a virus. So, I ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

Trimming Carbonite log files

I have a Windows XP machine that I need to last for just a little bit longer. 75 GB doesn't go as far as it used to and I'm trying to recover some disk space. (Adding a drive to this thing is not an ...
9
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9answers
3k views

How can I speed up the deleting of very large directories on XP?

I regularly check out incredibly huge directories onto my XP machine. When it comes down to deleting and finally trashing them, it takes forever. Is there any way to speed this process up?