Deleting an Undeletable Folder

Introduction: Deleting an Undeletable Folder

About: I've always loved tinkering and disassembling thinks to get a better understanding of how they work but there are only so many things you can take apart. Thats when i started to improve on them and sometimes...

I was organising my computer and came across a folder that could not be deleted this turned out to be quite the frustration but there is a work around for this.

Step 1: Open the Windows Command Prompt.

In order to delete the folder we need to use the Command Prompt. most people don't want use this as they are afraid for wrecking their computer but it is quite easy.

Firstly, right click on the windows button in the bottom left corner and select search or press the Windows Key + S to open the windows search tab.

Next type in "cmd" and at the top you will see Command Prompt select it then minimise it.

Step 2: Folder Location

The Command Prompt needs to know where the folder is so Right Click on it then go to the bottom and select properties.

In the window go to location and copy the folder address it should be something like "C:\Users\YourUserName\Desktop".

Go to the Command Prompt and type in "cd /d" then paste the location address the complete line should be "cd /d C:\Users\YourUserName\Desktop" then hit ENTER.

Then type "dir /x" and hit ENTER

Step 3: Find the Folder

Now a list of folders that are on the desktop will show up find the name of the folder on the right hand sight and directly on the left will be a all caps in my case the folder was named "ALL DA CAD" on the left was "ALLDAC~1"

Now type "rmdir /q /s ALLDAC~1" and hit enter the folder should disappear in a few seconds.

Hint: The "(~ (Tilde Key))" is on the left next to the number one key.

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    21 Discussions

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    KsBu12
    KsBu12

    Tip 4 months ago

    Open CMD with admin.

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    KsBu12
    KsBu12

    4 months ago

    For all these people that dosen't work. You need to open cmd as admin.

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    fatpizza505
    fatpizza505

    Question 4 months ago

    it still didn't work it's saying Access is Denied

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    Opherus86
    Opherus86

    Question 6 months ago

    Your tutorial is simply straightforward. But ..... I'm trying to delete a system folder (long story, nevermind) and the result is "Access Denied". Do you know how to delete such a folder?

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    James Bassdrop
    James Bassdrop

    Answer 5 months ago

    Hey Opherus,

    When you open the Command Prompt, instead of left-clicking on it, right-click on it and select "Run as administrator" from the context menu. That should do the trick, assuming you have admin rights on the machine.

    Cheers,
    J

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    aamir715
    aamir715

    5 months ago

    OMG...it deleted all my desktop files and folder.
    my personal and important data gone.

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    Producer1
    Producer1

    6 months ago

    At Last !!!
    Thank you. I've tried all kinds of tools and various workarounds that all promised to delete this folder. Its been bugging me for about a year. Finally, it is gone. I can't thank you enough =)

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    zercommail
    zercommail

    7 months ago

    Works Perfectly... God bless

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    derkleherble
    derkleherble

    7 months ago

    Have had a SOLIDWORKS folder left after uninstall that would not go away for months now. This worked to finally get rid of it. Thanks!

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    ppandav919
    ppandav919

    7 months ago

    Its asking "Are you sure (Y/N)?

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    ConradG1
    ConradG1

    8 months ago

    great. nervous at first but with your easy to follow instruction i deleted it. at last. thanks so much

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    PaulM757
    PaulM757

    1 year ago

    didnt work "the system cannot find the path specified

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    psikleaf
    psikleaf

    Reply 11 months ago

    Same ~~

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    jfound1
    jfound1

    1 year ago

    thanx

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    deadlyeffect_
    deadlyeffect_

    1 year ago

    Rare to find a straight to the point tutorial that works perfectly these days! Thank you, this folder has been bugging me for months lol

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    ehsane12
    ehsane12

    Tip 1 year ago

    You're just awesome you made my day man!!

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    AntiS3
    AntiS3

    1 year ago

    It didn't work, unable to access subfolders. tried with run as admin cmd still no go

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    JanS226
    JanS226

    2 years ago

    Thank you SO MUCH. I had three such damaged folders ruining everything. Now they are gone, after I think 2 years. Thanks.

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    KiaraH5
    KiaraH5

    2 years ago

    Unfortunately , It didnt work. "the system cannot find the path specified"
    Im sure I have the right path..