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Thread: Cannot delete folder on my Vista desktop - Access Denied

  1. #1
    Sandy Wood Guest

    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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    Sandy Wood
    Orange County District Attorney

  2. #2
    Christian Dreiner Guest

    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.

  3. #3
    Sandy Wood Guest

    Re: Cannot delete folder on my Vista desktop - Access Denied

    Interesting. I thought RTM was basically the final?

  4. #4
    R. C. White, MVP Guest

    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.

  5. #5
    Nigel Molesworth Guest

    Re: Cannot delete folder on my Vista desktop - Access Denied

    Isn't this an ownership issue?

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    Nigel M

  6. #6
    George Guest

    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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