Unable to delete Folder

By memphis belle ยท 8 replies
Mar 23, 2007
  1. My problem is this Ive got a folder on my PC which when I only just so much as move my mouse cursor over the folder I get a "windows has encountered a problem & needs to close" box then it refreshes my desktop, I cant delete this folder Ive tried renaming it even tried going into DOS prompt & deleting it from there; it comes up with the file delete confirmation when I type in yes the DOS prompt closes but the folder still remains can someone please tell me how to delete this folder. (it only happens to this one folder).
  2. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    Hello and welcome to TechSpot.

    What is the name of the folder? Does it contain a virus or something?
  3. memphis belle

    memphis belle TS Rookie Topic Starter

    its a folder I created myself to place downloaded files into, Ive tried running PC-cillin antivirus software but its finding nothing.
  4. kchris gayle

    kchris gayle TS Rookie Posts: 21


    try a different option...
    right click on the folder then choose delete++
    click and drag the folder and place it in the recycle bin++
    las option go to run type in the folder and trash it in the recycle bin++
    or dude!!!
    add and remove programs!!!
  5. russ

    russ TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Probably a program in the folder is being used by the system at startup. If you can open the folder check to see if there is a program in there in the startup file or in the "msconfig" startup file. If there is nothing in the folder, go to the "dos" window and "cd" to the folder and type "dir /a" to see if there is anything hidden in there. If there is then try to unhide it with the "attrib" command. Then "del" or "deltree" it. If you can't delete it then check to see if it is being opened in a startup and take it out and reboot and it should be able to be deleted
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    Have you tried Safe Mode? There is a program called Unlocker I highly recommend, I'd almost guarentee it will delete with Unlocker while in Safe Mode, probably will delete with Unlocker in regular mode too.
  7. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    If all else fails, just post here the full path to the file. You can then download a program called "The Avenger," for which I can write a little script that should definitely delete the file.

    Please post the full path to the file if you can't get anything else to work.
  8. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    If there are video/image files in that folder,

    then that`s the old thumbnail preview problem.

    Windows trys to show thumbnails of vids and pics,only

    it crashes Explorer in the process.

    To turn off previews -

    Go to Start/Run/and type - regsvr32 /u shmedia.dll click OK.

    to turn them on again(if you want to) regsvr32 shmedia.dll

    You can copy and paste those into the run box.

    More HERE
  9. memphis belle

    memphis belle TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Po'Girl you are dead right it was a thumbnail preview problem, I downloaded a free file called "Delinvfile" that did the trick & removed the files/folder.
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