Desktop folder.

  jg1990 19:08 07 Mar 04


I have recently deleted a user account, and opted to keep files. I do not require the files anymore but I can't delete the folder on my desktop. When I try to delete it it says ' a Windows system folder...'

How do I delete it.

PS The OS is XP Home

Many Thanks


  billbod 19:12 07 Mar 04

Think you have to log on as the computers administrator mate which should be i control panel /account users.Then i think should be able to delete the folder.

  jg1990 19:14 07 Mar 04

Thanks for your reply.

I have logged on as administrator but it still doesn't delete. I have even booted up into safe mode but still deosn't delete.

Anyone know how I can delete it?



  temp003 11:24 08 Mar 04

Try the following.

Log on as Administrator. Click Start, Run, type cmd and press Enter.

At the command prompt, type:

attrib -s -r c:\documents and settings\accountname

and press Enter (where accountname stands for the folder name for the account).

Then type:

attrib -s -r c:\documents and setting\accountname\*.* /s /d

and press Enter.

Exit cmd prompt and see if you can delete the folder now.

  temp003 11:33 08 Mar 04

Sorry, I've just noticed that you said the folder is on your desktop. I had assumed that the folder was the usual account folder immediately under Documents and Settings.

I don't know whether you really mean that the folder is located on the Desktop itself. If you do, the path to the folder should be:

C:\Documents and Settings\[accountname]\Desktop\[foldername]

Substitute this path in the cmd prompt for the one I gave in the last post.

[accountname] is the name of the account on whose desktop the folder appears.

[foldername] is the name of the folder that appears on the desktop.

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