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Windows - Can't delete folder from Recycle Bin and it won't restore

Chain of events: Empty Recycle Bin silently fails. Tried it repeatedly. Selected ranges of items in Recycle Bin and deleted them (some didn't work), narrowing down until only one item was left: a ...
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Remove all old files without removing software on Windows XP

so I recently acquired my old build from my dad, and it is cluttered with a ton of old files that I don't need/want. Is there a way that I can easily get rid of all the old things without deleting ...
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Restoring deleted questions and answers here on Superuser… [migrated]

I don't know how I did but it appears I have deleted all of my questions and answers here on Superuser. How do I restore them? I want to restore them and then go through them so I can "mark" the right ...
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Terminal on Mac - Delete key behavior

I'd like the delete key (well, the Fn+Backspace combination) on my Mac to behave the same way in the Terminal as it does normally. That is, to do forward-delete. Right now it outputs tilde - at least ...
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Deleting duplicate files from Recycle bin [closed]

I deleted a lot (13 GB) of duplicate files from my hard disc (mainly pictures, databases) with Fast Duplicate File Finder. However, I would not like to lose any of them due to my inexperience with ...
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Not able to delete an email account

I entered an IMAP email into my Outlook (it is not the only email account I have). I then realized, I did not want it in my account so I went to Tools/Account Settings/Email Tab and deleted the file. ...
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Is it safe to delete all svchost processes?

So on Windows 7 I ended the Network Restricted one to speed up my computer. It worked (thank god) but mt computer is still a bit slow. Is it safe to delete all the svchost processes?
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Batch delete : Access is denied

As the title suggests, I'm having issues with the del command in a batch file. When it gets to the delete step I get the message "Access is denied". My batch command looks something like this. set ...
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Remove empty directories

I found this command on this site for recursively removing empty directories, but was unable to comment to ask this question since I just registered and have zero rep....... for /f "delims=" %d in ...
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How do I delete scsecsvc.exe which is left after the quick heal uninstall?

I installed the anti-virus - Quickheal trial version and then uninstalled it in order to install another anti-virus. Quickheal seemed to have left this program which runs in the background and simply ...
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Can I rely on TRIM to destruct data after file deletion?

I have a broken laptop that I want to return and I have some passwords already stored for it in the browser. I can delete the (Firefox) files that contain this data. Can I rely on TRIM to destroy the ...
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How to delete directories with path/names too long for normal delete

Windows seems to have a length limit on file names when trying to delete, though it won't prevent those files from being created. Our build process creates a number of temporary files (many build off ...
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Delete all files and folders in a specific directory older than 1 day except one folder with bat file using forfiles

Hello I want to delete all folders, subfolders and files older than 1 day in a specific directory and leave one folder untouched with the forfiles like the command below: forfiles /p ...
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Recursively delete empty directories in Windows

I have a directory on my Windows 7 machine that has hundreds if not thousands of sub-directories. Some of them have files, some do not. I want to delete all the empty directories. Looking at the ...
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Accidental recursive cp -R, now can't delete file using either Trash or rm

After a mistype in a path when using cp, I seem to have accidentally copied the folder in to itself recursively, and now I can't delete that folder using rm -rf, or the Trash in Mac OS X Finder. The ...
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Delete all layers in Photoshop except the active one

Is it possible to delete all the layers in Photoshop except the one layer you are on/the one layer that is active? I don't want to hide all the other layers, I actually want to delete them.
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Sdelete syntax error?

seems i have a bit of a problem here and i cant find a answer anywhere so dose anyone know's why can i run sdelete on drive D: to delete the free disk space and why can't i use it on drive C? I have ...
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Copy linux directory into another one - delete contents

BIG EDIT: I currently have a directory with folders and files inside: -css --addons ---myaddon ----addon -----firsfile.xml -----secondfile.xml ----cfg -----anotherfile.cfg -----lastcfg.cfg ...
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How to delete half of the data from notepad file quickly

I have a large notepad file and want to delete the first half of the data. I am at the midpoint now, the point at which I must do a trick to delete all the data before it. What command can help me do ...
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How to delete an invincible 0 byte file?

I have a file whose size is 0 bytes. When I try to remove it an error message appears, saying "Could not find file". Here is the list of things I've tried to delete the file: Rebooted Reset folder ...
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Cannot delete a file: System cannot find the file specified

I want to delete a file but it shows an error: "System cannot find the file specified" what's the problem? the file which I want to delete: when I delete the file: the file name is : ...
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Can not delete Outlook 2013 mailbox folder

When I try to delete mailbox folder in the Outlook, it gives this error: Cannot delete this folder. Right-click the folder, and then click Properties to check your permissions for the folder. ...
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In windows, filter and delete image based on dimension(or any search filters for that matter)

In windows explorer, I can filter a folder based on the dimension criteria, say: width:<800 height:<600 (so that I filter small images) height:>2000 (so that I filter portraits) and then delete ...
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How to delete a folder from external drives if names are too long (like System Volume Information/content…)?

I'm coming from: How to delete “System Volume Information” folder from external drives? but unlikely that answer couldn't solve my problem. I've a copy of an old "system volume information" in my ...
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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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Delete URL history in Google Chrome

I'm looking for a way to delete a whole URL in Google Chrome. Do I need to run some other program or can it be done in the browser itself?
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How can I delete all files/subfolders in a given folder via the command prompt?

I would like to delete all files and subfolders in a batch file in Windows 7 and keep the top folder. Basically emptying the folder. What's the command line instruction for that?
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How do I delete the Chrome App Launcher?

I'm running OSX 10.8.5 and I can't figure out how to get rid of the Chrome App Launcher. In launchpad when I long click on it and things begin to wiggle there's no X for me to click to delete it. ...
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get mutt delete behavior to work like apple mail

I am a new mutt user. I would like to have it's delete behavior to be like apple mail. press delete key the mail gets moved to the Trash folder and it sits there. No purge. The screen also immediately ...
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I can't delete a file, it's in use by the system… But it isn't [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I can't delete a file - even when using unlocker I tried all the tools from the question How do I delete a 'locked' file?, and they didn't help. All the ...
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How do I delete a folder which is nested quite deep and avoid “File name too long”?

Eclipse created a temp folder in one of the directories which is nested quite deep, e.g. dir1\dir1\dir1\dir1\... I am unable to delete this folder in Windows via Explorer, the del or rmdir ...
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Delete all files older than 365 days, but exclude certain folders

Edit: After @Mbu answer I realized that my first approach with leading numbers in folders as criteria to exclude isn't the right way. I decided to use a fixed list of folders to exclude. I want to ...
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Automatic forward-deleting

First and foremost... please forgive my somewhat approximate English. (I'm French.) Oh and my loooooong sentences too (I need lots of words for little meaning when speaking foreign languages... plus ...
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How to completely delete my USB thumbstick? [closed]

I own a Kingston thumb-stick. I have installed a Google Chrome OS image to it, so I could try it out. When it did so, it created 3 partitions (I backed everything up and the software that installed ...
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Windows 8.1 VPN connection not deletable

something is really wrong with my Windows 8. I have a VPN connection for my company that can't be deleted. I can also not add any new VPN connections. And when I try to connect to the one configured ...
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Not able to delete a program

I am using a netbook of samsung with windows 7 starter service pack 1 32 bit. I am exhausted with a program known as 'Plugin.exe' i don't know how it came but whenever i start my program it opens up ...
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Folder is not deleting. How to delete this folder? [duplicate]

I am trying to delete "Games" folder. Folder size is huge. But it's not deleting. Even not showing a message. If I try to delete using cmd. But it shows another error. What should I do now?
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Why does this file apparently not exist when attempting to delete it?

A month or so back, I untarred the Linux source in a folder in Cygwin (I was curious as to whether or not it would compile with MinGW 'cause my other computer running Linux is a slow single core ...
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How to force windows to delete a directory that is in use? [duplicate]

I have a directory under C:\Users\myuser\.ssh and I need to delete it but Windows won't let me. From Windows explorer: From a Cygwin shell: myuser@mymachine /cygdrive/c/Users/myuser/.ssh $ rm -rf ...
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Windows 7, files reappear after deletion

I'm trying to delete some files from a folder. I've taken ownership of the files and the folder. When I delete these files Windows doesn't report any errors and deletes them. BUT, after I press F5 ...
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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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Why does “preparing to recycle” message take so long to complete? [duplicate]

On Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, I deleted a PDF download in C:\Users\Username\Downloads, and I received a message: Preparing to recycle and an "in progress" icon. It took about a minute for this ...
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Batch script to conditionally delete files

Owners of Nokia Lumia 1020 know it can be set to store captured photos at full resolution, but the reduced size photos are also stored. I would like to have a script to automatically delete all the ...
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Root Can't Delete Folder It Owns

Platform: CentOS 6.2 Shell: tcsh .............................................................................................................. EDIT 2 Brian Swift has pointed out a workable solution. ...
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Can't delete nested libraries file

So, the thing is - I installed Arduino some time ago, and all of a sudden it stopped working. I did som ressearch, but found no answers, until some days ago when I stumbled upon something ...
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Make a batch file find duplicate file names with different extensions, and actions on the results

What I want to do is have a batch file search folders, and subfolders, for matching file names that are ending in .mp3 and .wma and delete or move the *.wma duplicates. Below you'll find what I have ...
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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, ...
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How to delete a file in all snapshots on a btrfs system?

I've set up a sophisticated backup scheme with hourly, daily, weekly, monthly backups that take up (thanks to the glory of the btrfs cow-filesystem) almost no extra space on the device. But ...
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How to use Terminal to delete all .svn folders recursively?

what command can I type into Terminal so that I can: delete all .svn folders within a folder (and from all subdirectories) but not delete anything else ?
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If the file deleted is not actually deleted, why does it take so long to recover it?

When a file is deleted on your computer, only a pointer to the file is deleted. If so, why does it take so long to recover it? I coincidentally format my flash drive which used to have about 500 GB of ...