Cannot delete file: Access is denied

March 16, 2012 at 04:14:33
Specs: Windows XP
I cannot seem to delete a folder structure that suddenly appeared on my HDD that is about 30 folders all with the same name all within each other. All empty (in fact the entire array of folders shows zero bytes in properties), but yet there are some folders in the bottom few folders.

I cannot delete it as it gives an error of path too long. I cannot rename it or move it as when I right-click it doesn't give me the normal options you see on a right-click.

I've discovered a utility called "Path Too Long Utility" found here:

It wants money to repair it, but that's just silly to have to pay for something that just shouldn't happen.

Isn't there an easier way? Some registry hack or something!!!!

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March 16, 2012 at 05:49:11
Use a live Linux disk - many Linux versions (Ubuntu, for example) come as an iso file which you can burn to disk and then boot from and run live (without installing) which will give you access to the folders/files from outside of Windows - you can see what they contain, rename, delete or whatever. It's a useful tool to keep around for the future as well.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd

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March 16, 2012 at 15:35:49
You can't have two files in the same folder with the same name unless they are different types. Set your Folder Options to show all hidden files and to to show all extensions. It is fine to leave these setting in place on XP. You might even have to temporarily show protected system files too BUT don't leave it set that way.

What concerns me is that you want to delete files and folders without knowing what they are for. This practice can cause issues. They probably have no effect on your computer and are not even taking up much place - you could just leave them there.

Whatever, a Linux CD is a darned useful tool. If you just want to delete files and folders, freebies such as "Move on Boot" are another option that usually works.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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