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windows 7After upgrading your computer from Windows Vista to Windows 7, you might incur in a weird issue. As a matter of fact, for some unknown reason you won’t be able to delete old files and folders previously located in Vista. Apparently, these files are undeletable but, I have got the right solution to get rid of them!

  1. Make sure to have administrator rights.
  2. Click Start.
  3. In the search box, type cmd and press Enter.
  4. You should see the Command Prompt.
  5. To gain full control of files, type:
  6. takeown /f file_name /d y
    icacls file_name /grant administrators:F

  7. Ta gain full control of folders, type:
  8. takeown /f directory_name /r /d y
    icacls directory_name /grant administrators:F /t

  9. Done.

Alternatively, move the files you want to delete in your desktop, in a New Folder and restart your computer in Safe Mode.

  1. In safe Mode, click Start.
  2. In the Search box, type CMD and Press Enter.
  3. Type cd users
  4. cd your_username
  5. cd desktop
  6. cd New Folder
  7. Now, type del *.*
  8. Done!

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One Comment to “How to Delete Indeletable Files in Windows 7”

  1. Dennis F Says:

    Thanks, this should help with other files too.

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