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Can not delete windows user files [duplicate]

As I was experimenting with windows I made a lot of new users accounts that I don't need anymore. Now I deleted them in control panel, but the user files stay in local disk and can't be deleted.So how ...
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Deleting Folders with same name in unix HP_UX

I accidently created a folder which has the same name of a folder which was already existing in the same parent directory. i want to delete the newly created directory. is ther a way to identify the ...
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Remove folders maching pattern recursively in Windows

I need to delete all sub-folders in a folder tree that match the pattern "images". I can remove all files matching a pattern using del /s myfolder\images*.* but it doesn't work for directories. I ...
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A MS-DOS command to delete all files and directories

I have the following situation. I got a Temp folder which gets filled with all kinds of files and directories. I want/need to clean it regularly, but I can't figure out a command or set of MS-DOS ...
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ncftp - recursive deletion

I would like to recursively delete a folder and his subfolders. I use ncftp. This application provides rm and rmdir. I already looked up the manpage, but it doesn't help.
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Recovering Shared Files

I was sent a folder through dropbox that is supposed to contain several deleted files. My job is to restore them. The person who sent them to me can click the trashcan icon and retrieve these files. ...
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Disc image Windows 8

I've tried to download a disc image via torrent and now I can't delete it. Every time I click delete I can tell from my task manager that it opens the file which appears to be why I can not delete ...
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Can't delete folder from old Windows installation not even with disk cleanup

I'm trying to delete a old Windows folder from my old HDD but I always get access denied for an old USB camera's ProgramData folder (with Admin CMD) and not even the the Disk Cleanup was able to ...
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Unable to terminate process

I can't terminate some processes. It says "Access denied". I am the ultimate owner of the computer. How can I terminate such processed anyway? These are not system processes, these are file managers ...
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how to delete FlashPlayerCPLApp.cpl

I'm trying to delete the file C:\Windows\system32\FlashPlayerCPLApp.cpl because of this link to do a clean Flash Player install. However I am having problems deleting it. It says: cannot delete ...
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Filename too long - IMPOSSIBLE to delete/move/rename [duplicate]

I can`t delete a folder because it has LOTS of folders inside it. Believe me, it is really lots. ...
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How can you delete a file as a different user in Windows 7?

I am looking to delete a bunch of folders and files that I think was created under a different account with admin privalages. I don't want to log out of my current user and re-login under that admin ...
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How to find which files and folders were deleted recently in Linux?

I am having one particular folder (/home/sam/officedocuments) which is having hundreds of folders and files. I think I deleted some files and folders by mistake but I'm not sure. How to find which ...
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How to make sure to have always enough disc space by deleting files from directories that are the oldest

I want to make sure that the server we use for logging certain things never runs out of disc space because of too many logs. The oldest logs shall be deleted when disc space is running low. Are there ...
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Interaction upon deletion between Thunderbird and Yahoo webmail

I'd like to be able to delete some messages from my Inbox in Thunderbird without having those messages deleted from my Inbox on the Yahoo server. How do I reach this result ? Thank you ! Xiana
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Delete OSX partition and join remainder to Windows 7 partition

I have an iMac 27" with a SSD that has OSX installed on it. I used Boot Camp to install Windows 7 partition. I found myself using Windows 7 more then OSX because I have a PC at work so I would like to ...
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How to manage cookies when GPO prevents history delete

I've disabled history deletion in the default GPO. Works great. However, now when I have a user who does nees to clear cookies (buggy website), I can't figure out how to clear them. Is there a ...
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Windows 7 how to purge entries in Run command window

I would like to know, how to delete the entries in the Run Command prompt/window in Windows 7, for a normal user i.e. that does not have administrative privileges.
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How to delete all folders that have the same name as their parent folder?

Somehow I got a copy of every folder inside itself. What is the shell command I could run to delete all folders that are inside folders of the same name? For example in the above, running the ...
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Delete set of files using find command

Background Delete a set of files, scattered across different directories. Problem The following code does not work (the unescaped | causes issues); for %i in (dir /s/b | find "lock") do echo del ...
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Can't delete file

There's a file on the desktop that hangs when I try to rename it and when I try to delete it the message "Preparing to recycle: discovering items" shows up and hangs there. I also can't access the ...
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rsync command deletion error “IO error encountered — skipping file deletion”

I use rsync command to take backup of files from one of my ubuntu server to another ubuntu machine. Backup server trigger a script that use rysnc command. Here is the command I use rsync -rltvh ...
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Deleting Windows.old folder?

I have recently re-installed my Windows 8 Release Preview, and it has left a Windows.old folder in my C Drive. I am trying to delete this folder, but I am getting lots of errors: After ...
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Can't delete install directories inside my own user home

Somewhere in the recent past something has changed on my Windows Vista 64 bit desktop to where I can't delete certain folders. I had started cleaning out some old files prior to starting backing ...
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Trying to delete large, redundant user file 166MB. Recycle bin hold up

Using Win 7, 64 bit. Recently Dell had to create a new user file for me, to solve a corruption problem. All good, but when I try to delete the original user file (166MB) I get the error msg about ...
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How to delete a file containing dots and backslashes in Fedora 17

I'm using Fedora 17 and I generated a folder named .\data\ from code How can I delete this file from the command line?
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Delete a word in MS Word while retaining the preceding space?

I'm using MS Word 2011 on Mac OS X but I assume that it's got very similar functionality to its Windows counterpart. If I delete a word in MS Word (using ctrl-delete on Windows, and cmd-delete on ...
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Fastest way to delete a large folder [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Mass deleting files in Windows Windows 8 provides several ways to delete a folder, but some seem more efficient than others. For example, you can use Windows Explorer, ...
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Sublime Text mac shift-delete (backspace)

In Sublime Text (2), I can't find the shift-delete that I had in BBEdit, where shift delete removes one character from the right of the cursor. I can't turn on this keyboard shortcut. How can I do ...
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Deleting a file with question marks in the name (another encoding) in Debian

I have a file with the name like ?????????????????????? ???????????????????????? ??????????.png in my directory. It seems to me that file was created under windows with russian name. I pulled it with ...
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mails deleted from thunderbird while system formatting

I am screwed and really disturbed. Since 1 year i am using Thunderbird and receiving & sending emails using it. I have a godaddy hosted webmail account. Now today i re-installed windows in my ...
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How to delete undeletable long-filename file from HD?

I have 2 files from internet saved pages that have an extremely long name in my external HD. I can't delete those. I tried schedule deletion on boot but it didn't work. Any idea?
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Why don't I have permission to open a file in my documents?

In Windows 7, I am trying to open a file in my documents. When I do, I get the error message: You don't have permission to open this file. Contact the file owner or an administrator to obtain ...
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Remove a persistent background photo in slide show sent to me for editing

I've been sent a slide show to edit but I can't remove the background photo from Slide 1 and it doesn't show up in slide masters either. If I deselect slide backgrounds in the format background tab, ...
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Excel 2007: How do I make a formula to automatically remove (partially) duplicate rows of data?

I am wanting to automatically delete any rows of data A#:C# which have duplicate dataset combinations in columns A (alphabetical text) AND B (numeric text) so that every row has a unique combination ...
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Folder refuses to be moved to Recycle Bin under Windows 7

I have a folder with files for the project I work with. I move it from my desktop to laptop and back, almost every day, depending on which machine I use it on at the time. The process of the move is ...
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“Deny All Permissions to Everyone” doesn't prevent me from deleting a file? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to deny delete/modify permission to a file? The story is pretty simple: I'm an administrator. To prevent accidental deletion of a file, I have denied all ...
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Deleting a Windows 7 file with a name ending in a dot

After installing Cygwin on Windows 7 and realising I'm better of with using Linux on a different partition, I wanted to uninstall it. However, Cygwin has no uninstaller so I was left with the option ...
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Two Windows 8 HDDs, but I can't delete the contents on one of them if booted from another. How could I delete one of them without reformating?

On my machine I have two HDDs and in both I have a Windows 8 x64 installed. I booted from one of them and tryed to delete the contents of the other one (D:\Windows for example), but Windows 8 don't ...
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Unable to delete a file or take ownership on Win7x64

I'm a developer and as part of the build process, a Microsoft dll is copied to a certain folder. That file copy is now failing as the target can't be overwritten. I decided to delete it by hand ...
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Why can I rename a running executable, but not delete it?

Everything is in the title, but more officially : Why does Windows let me rename a running executable, but not delete it?
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Recover Deleted VHD File

I'm hoping to recover deleted VHD files (the VHD file was deleted - I'm not trying to recover things from within a virtual machine). I've tried Recuva, FileRecovery Pro, Easeus, and Stellar Phoenix ...
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How to break Windows Media Player in Windows 7 [closed]

I know this is a weird question. I’m connected to a hostel network where I can stream media from the other people on the network. I don’t want to see their pictures/videos in Windows Media Player at ...
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Delete files from one folder if a similarly named file does not exist in another folder

I need to delete files from folder A if a file with the same name but different file type does not exist in folder B. For example: FOLDER A file1.gif file2.gif file3.gif file4.gif file5.gif ...
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How to delete devices listed in USBSTOR from Windows 7 registry? [closed]

in Windows registry, USBSTOR stores information about USB devices. In Windows 7, I am not able to delete it. I want to delete this list devices from the USBSTOR registry. Here is the path of the ...
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how to delete **this** file

this one is odd: I have two partitions on my computer, one for linux (ubuntu 12.latest) and one for window 7. I use grub to choose the system to boot. I made a Screenshot in Linux and saved it on the ...
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Skype chat archive - permanently delete

I would like to ask if it's possible to delete permanently the Skype chat archive, and if it is possible, then how should I do it? The Conversations -> Clear recent... menu option clears only the ...
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Delete or rename more than one file with a single command in Windows CMD?

Is it possible to specify more than one file name or mask for deletion with the DEL command in CMD? Something like this... del /p *.html & *.json This command works only partially - it finds ...
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Shredding files in windows

Is there a built-in cmd command/utility on Windows that can shred files (delete and overwrite with random data) without the need to use third party software? In linux i would use shred. It a wonderful ...
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.dropbox files, can they be deleted?

I use Dropbox on my Windows 7, OS X and on my mobile phone. Sometimes I see a file called .dropbox in my dropbox folders, can those files be deleted?