Cannot Delete Folder from Windows XP (NTFS)

By mlw11743 ·
I have a folder that can be seen, but not entered or deleted. It shows as 0 bytes but when viewed through LINUX it shows 13+ gig.

The folder is a User Folder under "Documents and Settings". It was the orignial folder for my user id and somehow my folder changed to a new one, with the same name as the original, but with a long extension, randomly generated.

As in, I used to be


and now I'm


although I still use the ID "Myname".

I can operate under the new user folder, but would like to eliminate the old one. All attempts result in "cannot be accessed" error messages.

Any clues?


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See how you go with this

by Jacky Howe In reply to Cannot Delete Folder from ...

Go to Contol Panel Users and check the User Accounts, highlight the Account that you want to remove and delete it.
As you are already using using the new account you may be able to retrive data be following these steps.

Can you log on as another user or Administrator

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You need to Take Ownership of this Folder/Files

by OH Smeg In reply to Cannot Delete Folder from ...

So follow the directions here from the M$ Knowledge Base Destructions.

Of course if these are Encrypted files you will have a problem and you need to access then from the original users account or if you have done a reinstall you're in trouble.

This may be of some use but I wouldn't be holding my breath hoping for a good outcome.


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