To Force Delete A Folder/File

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I don’t know why this keeps coming up, but I have the hardest time deleting files/folders sometimes despite using Unlocker and FileAssasin. Follow these steps to work on issues like these.

To Resolve:

  1. First navigate to the directory in Windows Explorer. Hold down CTRL + Right click – Open Command Window here. You may have to close that CMD prompt and open CMD as administrator.

  2. Type:

    rmdir (foldername) /s 
    :: Gives error
    del *.* 
    :: Gives error
    takeown /f (foldername) /r /d y 
    :: Gives error
  3. Since those don’t work, lets try doing it running as NTAUTHORITY\SYSTEM: type

    :: NOTE: This assumes you have PSTools installed and added to your PATH variable.
    psexec -sid cmd.exe
    :: Should return system
    :: Try step 2 again, still no go
    • You used to be able to run:
    at 11:10 /interactive cmd.exe
    :: Where 11:10 is the current time (HH:MM 24 hour) plus 1 minute.
    :: The /interactive switch has been depreciated though.
  4. Right click each file with the Unlocker windows explorer extension – Delete on next reboot. This works!

  5. If you have a “path too long” error, just type:

    robocopy c:\empty C:\deleteme /purge
    :: NOTE: This will delete that folder (c:\deleteme) and all subfolders for you!