So I have a directory in my Downloads directory that has the following properties:

I've deleted everything in the folder.
I can see it as a folder in the regular Downloads window.
It's not listed when running dir in powershell.
It's listed when running dir in cmd.

I can open it in the regular window, but I cannot create any file inside of it.
You can create a sub folder (the ui shows the admin-shield next to the create folder option).

When typing rmdir in cmd and adding the first letters of the folder, tab-completion will give you the full folder-name. When then running the command the prompt says that it cannot find the search path.

Even if I've created a subfolder, I cannot cd into the folder in cmd with the same error-message as when I try to delete it.

  • Boot to a live Ubuntu software environment and delete the file – Ramhound Jul 29 '17 at 14:33
  • What is "live Ubuntu software environment"? Do I need to download and install some specific linux-software to delete this folder? – MrJalapeno Jul 29 '17 at 14:43
  • What does your research indicate? – Ramhound Jul 29 '17 at 14:49
  • Well Google tell me that you're the only person on internet who has ever mentioned a "live Ubuntu software environment". The reason I asked this question here is because I'm wondering if there's some way to delete it that I've missed. I get that your suggestion is that I must install another OS on the computer to delete this empty folder. I'll leave the question up in case there actually is an easy way that I'm not aware of. If the only way to delete the folder is to install another OS I might just leave it there :) – MrJalapeno Jul 29 '17 at 14:57
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    Does it show up in PowerShell if you run dir -Force? If so, what is its Mode? – Ben N Jul 30 '17 at 22:07

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