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  • Can't delete folders from desktop (XP Pro/SP2)

    OS:
    XP Pro/sp2, sec. patch level oct. 2005, added to a WK2 domain

    Problem:
    Can't delete folders from desktop in explorer/GUI (folders created by user included !)

    Permissions:
    Local admin

    What have I tried:
    -Take ownership of the entire desktop, remove inherit from parent, and replaced permissions on sub folders - negative result.....there are no kinds of warning/info, nothing happens
    -Tried with another user profile with admin privileges, same result as described.

    Security from event log, does not have any warning entries from the time when trying deleting...neither does application log

    -Delete from command prompt - THAT WORKS!? (without changing any permissions)

    -Goggled the subject, without luck...

    So now I hope some of you, have a clue

    Br.
    Ren
    ,,`,,`,,`,,` `

    Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    the courage to change the things I can,
    and the wisdom to know the difference.

    -- Marcus Aurelius Antonius ca. 150 AD

    ,,`,,`,,`,,` `

  • #2
    Re: Can't delete folders from desktop (XP Pro/SP2)

    The only thing i can think of is that you have your desktop icons locked and this is not allowing you to delete the items.

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    • #3
      Re: Can't delete folders from desktop (XP Pro/SP2)

      If icons are locked, would it then be possible to delete them from a cmd, in same user profile?

      In addition, I can inform, that it is a new problem, I have seen it on several pcs, with same image (XP....) patch ver. etc. its within october month I began to see the behaviour

      /Ren
      Last edited by willadse; 4th November 2005, 12:19.
      ,,`,,`,,`,,` `

      Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
      the courage to change the things I can,
      and the wisdom to know the difference.

      -- Marcus Aurelius Antonius ca. 150 AD

      ,,`,,`,,`,,` `

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      • #4
        Re: Can't delete folders from desktop (XP Pro/SP2)

        I'm not sure.

        Have you tried all the obvious stuff like virus scans, chkdsk etc, etc.

        Try running a chkdsk /f from a command prompt and see if this helps. Remember and reboot first though.

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        • #5
          Re: Can't delete folders from desktop (XP Pro/SP2)

          I have done the chkdsk/f and no errors on disk where found
          A virus check, has not be runned though, so I would try that.
          ,,`,,`,,`,,` `

          Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
          the courage to change the things I can,
          and the wisdom to know the difference.

          -- Marcus Aurelius Antonius ca. 150 AD

          ,,`,,`,,`,,` `

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          • #6
            Re: Can't delete folders from desktop (XP Pro/SP2)

            Also use Spybot and adaware and remove any junk that may be on your system.

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            • #7
              Re: Can't delete folders from desktop (XP Pro/SP2)

              Hi,

              Thanks for the answers so far

              A complete virus scan with Symantec AV, latest virus definations + latest Stinger from McAfee.

              A complete scan by MS AntiSpyware (former Giant) + AdAware also done, all with negative result, nothing found


              Have a very nice weekend.

              Br.
              Ren
              ,,`,,`,,`,,` `

              Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
              the courage to change the things I can,
              and the wisdom to know the difference.

              -- Marcus Aurelius Antonius ca. 150 AD

              ,,`,,`,,`,,` `

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              • #8
                Re: Can't delete folders from desktop (XP Pro/SP2)

                Tried to remove them on safe mode ?
                crocus

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                • #9
                  Re: Can't delete folders from desktop (XP Pro/SP2)

                  You mentioned you have Local Admin rights and you can't delete. Have you tried logging on as a Domain Admin?
                  1 1 was a racehorse.
                  2 2 was 1 2.
                  1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
                  2 2 1 1 2

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                  • #10
                    Re: Can't delete folders from desktop (XP Pro/SP2)

                    I am having almost the same problem, except I can't delete folders from ANYWHERE on my system. I can delete files just fine - just not folders. Even if I right-click on a folder, it locks my system up and explorer crashes, just as when I try to delete a folder.

                    A virus and adware scan all come up negative. I am very adamant about keeping my system clean.

                    I am running Windows XP Pro w/Service Pack 2.

                    PS - I am able to delete folders from CMD just fine. This leads me to believe there is a problem with explorer.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Can't delete folders from desktop (XP Pro/SP2)

                      Hi,

                      To biggles77, Yes! I have tried to log in as a dom. admin, with the same result.

                      I have tried to search MS Premium support for this issue, but can't find anything.

                      I will agree with DLWebmaestro, that its pointing in the direction, of some bug in the Explorer....

                      /R
                      ,,`,,`,,`,,` `

                      Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
                      the courage to change the things I can,
                      and the wisdom to know the difference.

                      -- Marcus Aurelius Antonius ca. 150 AD

                      ,,`,,`,,`,,` `

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                      • #12
                        Re: Can't delete folders from desktop (XP Pro/SP2)

                        Has anyone applied a GPO that locks up the desktop?
                        1 1 was a racehorse.
                        2 2 was 1 2.
                        1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
                        2 2 1 1 2

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                        • #13
                          Re: Can't delete folders from desktop (XP Pro/SP2)

                          No, if that was the case it should apply to all in that OU, which it dosen't, and by the way, then I would assume it wasn't possible to delete through a CMD!?

                          /R
                          ,,`,,`,,`,,` `

                          Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
                          the courage to change the things I can,
                          and the wisdom to know the difference.

                          -- Marcus Aurelius Antonius ca. 150 AD

                          ,,`,,`,,`,,` `

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                          • #14
                            Re: Can't delete folders from desktop (XP Pro/SP2)

                            Are you getting an error mesasge or do the simply not delete and you see nothing. Also what happens if you create a new folder on the desktop, can you delete that folder?, are you using roaming profiles or redirected desktop? can you delete them remotely meaning connect to C$ from your pc, browse to their desktop and try to delete?
                            MCSE 2000\2003, A+
                            00000001-00000011-00000011-00000111

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                            • #15
                              Re: Can't delete folders from desktop (XP Pro/SP2)

                              Hi,

                              -No kind of error message are displayed.
                              -Its local profile, but in a Domain, with GPO's (I'm uit sure its not a GPO making this issue BTW )
                              -Regarding adding new folders to desktop, the same symtom - your not able to delete folder/ content afterwards, exept if you are using a cmd prompt.
                              -I have not tried to delete from a remote pc, I will try that ....

                              /Ren
                              ,,`,,`,,`,,` `

                              Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
                              the courage to change the things I can,
                              and the wisdom to know the difference.

                              -- Marcus Aurelius Antonius ca. 150 AD

                              ,,`,,`,,`,,` `

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