Windows 7 Won’t let Me Delete My Files or Folders!

In trying to cleanup my computer after installing Windows 7, I had begun running into a reoccurring problem where windows would not let me delete certain folders. I was getting a “_blank_ is open in another program” messages. I had tried programs like FileAssassin and LockHunter to no avail.

The solution that worked for me was to remove some of the hidden system files in the folders I was attempting to delete. I would have thought that both fileAssassin and Lockhunter would have been smart enough to do this sort of thing automagically… (yes, that’s a word, but only on the internets) but alas, I had to find the workaround myself.

From your windows explorer windows

  • goto Tools -> Folder Options…
  • Select the “View” tab
  • in the Advanced Settings box, select “Show hidden files, folders and drives
  • folder-options

After you can see the hidden files and folders, look for files such as

  • desktop.ini
  • Thumbs.db
  • AlbumArt_{A588129E-BA58-416A-85E5-B0A8E2BE38F9}_Small.JPG

If you truly want to delete these folders, remove these files. I did not have a problem simply highlighting them and pressing delete, however, ironically, you may need to use one of the above mentioned programs to unlock the files before you can delete them. After these files are removed you should not have trouble deleting the parent folders.

Hope this helped.

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