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Cannot delete folder on my Vista desktop - Access Denied

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Old 22-12-2006
Sandy Wood
 
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Cannot delete folder on my Vista desktop - Access Denied

I downloaded some app software to my Vista Desktop and after copying it to
our network app location I tried to delete the folder. I received an error

Destination Folder Access Denied - You need to confirm this operation.

I've clicked Continue but the prompt keeps returning.

The work-around I've found is to open the folder and first, delete
everything inside the folder, navigate back to the Desktop and then I can
delete the folder.
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Orange County District Attorney

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Old 22-12-2006
Christian Dreiner
 
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Re: Cannot delete folder on my Vista desktop - Access Denied

Same to me, you cannot delete folders with folders in it. Folders with files
only do not appear to be a problem. I hope this will be solved in the final.
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Old 22-12-2006
Sandy Wood
 
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Re: Cannot delete folder on my Vista desktop - Access Denied

Interesting. I thought RTM was basically the final?
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Old 22-12-2006
R. C. White, MVP
 
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Re: Cannot delete folder on my Vista desktop - Access Denied

Hi, Sandy.

I know nothing of networks, unless we count the Internet. But I've been
using microcomputers (does that term date me?) since before MS-DOS, and
modern versions of some of the old DOS tricks still work better than the UI.
;<)

Open a Command Prompt window and use the Remove Directory (or rmdir or just
rd) command. A folder (directory) is not a file, so the Delete command
doesn't work. You must Remove a Directory, not Delete it. If the directory
is not empty, you will see an error message. But if you append the /s
switch to the rd command, it will delete the ENTIRE directory tree,
including all subdirectories and files. So, to eliminate a folder named
\Total, you would type at the Command Prompt line:

rd \Total /s

Then answer Yes to the Are you sure? question. You can bypass that question
by adding /q to the rd command.

As usual in the Command Prompt window, type the command followed by /? to
see a mini-Help file: rd /?

This assumes you have permission to remove that \Total folder, of course.
And you may need to run the Command Prompt as Administrator.
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Old 10-02-2007
Nigel Molesworth
 
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Re: Cannot delete folder on my Vista desktop - Access Denied

Isn't this an ownership issue?

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Old 12-03-2007
George
 
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Re: Cannot delete folder on my Vista desktop - Access Denied

Yes, your solution does work.
As a matter of fact, even with no files in a folder, and using the Command
Prompt Here, one cannot delete the folder UNLESS the /s option is appended to
rd.

Accessing the same network computer via an XP computer, I can just use the
Windows commands to delete a folder. You'd think there would be a similar
action with Vista (or at least a delete after a warning).

It would be great if you could invent a way to use the Windows mode commands
as they exist (instead of the command prompt).

Thanks,
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