Delete Folders


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OldGuy

Win 7 Pro. IE9.
In the IE path there are folders that I can delete the files contained
but I cannot delete the empty folders.
I am Super Admin.
I went into permissions for these folders but I am not allowed to
change permissions.
How do I change permissions so I can delete the folders?
Strange that I can delete the files but not the folders.
The folders names are like AX3D5 etc.
I can delete these kind of folders on XP Pro.
 
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Paul

OldGuy said:
Win 7 Pro. IE9.
In the IE path there are folders that I can delete the files contained
but I cannot delete the empty folders.
I am Super Admin.
I went into permissions for these folders but I am not allowed to change
permissions.
How do I change permissions so I can delete the folders?
Strange that I can delete the files but not the folders.
The folders names are like AX3D5 etc.
I can delete these kind of folders on XP Pro.
Side effect of the usage of a Library ?

Does anyone know of a good tutorial on Libraries ? May help
if there is one.

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This is my none-too-accurate picture of libraries.

1) Libraries are virtual. They're controlled by a .library-ms file.
The file is XML format (text) and keeps track of which folders
are considered a part of the Library. Some of the entries in that
XML file, are obfuscated with a GUID, and the GUID must be looked
up in the registry, to convert it back to a path a human can read.
But not everything in the control file is obfuscated, and much
of it is human readable. So a library is just a list of folders.

2) One folder is nominated as the Default folder. If a file is
dropped directly onto the Library, it ends up actually stored
in the folder nominated as the Default one.

3) You can "remove" a folder from a Library, because after all,
a Library is just a list of folders.

4) <Insert some rule about what you can do to the files, here...>

5) If you go to the storage location of the original folder itself,
you should be able to use the regular file system removal rules.

I'm suggesting (5) at this point.

I'm not sure how visible the .library-ms files are from the OS itself,
but I think I've had a look at them from a Linux LiveCD kind of
environment. You should be able to open them with a text editor, if
you want to understand them (or not).

Your problem "smells" like a Library side effect to me.

Paul
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Win 7 Pro. IE9.
In the IE path there are folders that I can delete the files contained
but I cannot delete the empty folders.
I am Super Admin.
Curious what you mean by Super Admin.
I went into permissions for these folders but I am not allowed to
change permissions.
How do I change permissions so I can delete the folders?
Strange that I can delete the files but not the folders.
The folders names are like AX3D5 etc.
I can delete these kind of folders on XP Pro.
You probably are a regular user with Administrator privileges, which are
not the full Administrator privileges.

Log in as the real Administrator and you might do better.

Others here know more than I do about permissions, so you might want to
wait for their advice.

You might also start a command window in Administrator mode and try
deleting from the command line. To do this, right click on any icon
pointing to command.com or cmd.com and choose Run as Administrator.
 
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Jeff Layman

Win 7 Pro. IE9.
In the IE path there are folders that I can delete the files contained
but I cannot delete the empty folders.
I am Super Admin.
I went into permissions for these folders but I am not allowed to
change permissions.
How do I change permissions so I can delete the folders?
Strange that I can delete the files but not the folders.
The folders names are like AX3D5 etc.
I can delete these kind of folders on XP Pro.
You say you can't change permissions for the folders. Have you tried to
take ownership of them? See:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/add-take-ownership-to-explorer-right-click-menu-in-vista/

Don't forget to create a restore point before changing the registry!

You can also try something like MoveOnBoot (google for more info)
which will get those folders out of the IE folder before Windows gets its
hooks into them. If you move them to the desktop they can then be
deleted or erased.
 
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Char Jackson

Side effect of the usage of a Library ?
I don't see anything that suggests Libraries are in play here. More info
from OldGuy might be helpful. Where are these folders actually located, as
in, what is their full path?
 

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