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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    5 Discussions


    Tip 2 months ago

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


    7 months ago

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


    1 year ago

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


    1 year ago

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


    1 year ago

    Worked like a charm, thanks