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    I uninstalled some software awhile back, but the empty folder name still remains. When I try delete it I get a "Cannot read from source" error and trying to delete it in Safe Mode or using MoveOnBoot doesn't work...Any ideas?
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    Rename it then delete ? Sometimes it's the easiest things that work .

    Was thinking mabye try a file cleaner program ?

    https://filesharingtalk.com/vb3/showthread.php?t=115887
    Last edited by peat moss; 04-15-2006 at 05:31 PM.

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    Try this program...

    http://www.purgeie.com/delinv/index.htm

    ...just be VERY CAREFUL how you use it. Once you delete something with it, it's gone for good.

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    I tried renaming it and it wouldn't let me, then when it automtically reverted to the old filename, it would accept that either (Cannot read from source) I had to Alt-F4 Windows Explorer

    Delivinfile also wont let me delete the folder as it says "subfolder selected is not highlighted subfolder" I thought it might have been because the folder was empty, so I put something in it (a small .txt file) and then Explorer created another folder with the same name to place the .txt in!
    Last edited by Vamp; 04-16-2006 at 09:42 AM.
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    Have you tried using the command deltree in a command prompt window.

    Run a command prompt window. Navigate to where the folder is and type deltree <folder name>. That might work. In the old days you would have just done it in dos, but windows doesnt use the dos kernal any more.

    If you dont know the commands for navigating in a command prompt.

    cd.. - takes you to the root directory of a drive.
    dir/w - lists everything there.
    cd <folder name> - takes you into a sub-directory.
    deltree <folder name> - deletes a folder and everything in it.

    Good luck btw.

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    I can't seem to get that to work, the fiolder is on the E: partition of my HDD.
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    Type e: enter to change to the E partition. That will take you to the root of the drive

    Then try as above.

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    When I try enter the folder, it simply says "The system cannot find the path specified.
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    Dont try to enter the folder.

    Go to the level above it, so that you can see the folder when you do a dir/w.

    Then deltree from there.

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    "deltree is not recognized as an internal or external command, operatable program or batch file."
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