Problem: When deleting a symbolic link, traces of it remain in the filesystem.
MKLINKto create a symlink pointing to
- Resulting output of
DIR /AL /S C:\ | FIND "SYMLINKD":
- Delete symlink (I just deleted the folder/shortcut in AppData using Windows Explorer)
- Output of
DIR /AL /S C:\ | FIND "SYMLINKD"after deleting symlink:
I expected the entry to be completely gone. Instead it is still there, only instead of the folder name, there is an identifier that I don't recognize.
I originally noticed something strange when I uninstalled the game Age of Empires Online, and noticed that the folder on the target drive was still there with all its data. So, I ran the
DIR command to see if I the symlink was still active, it was. I thought it unusual but paid it no mind, and deleted the symlink as I normally would. I ran the command again, and it was still there with a similar identifier to that seen in the demo.
I am running Windows 8.1 Preview and noticed it has a new kernel, 6.3. I wondered if it was something new with NTFS, but have been unable to find anything.
Is there a way to completely remove it?