Cannot Delete Folders/Files from Dowloads Folder

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  1. Posts : 381
    Windows 10

    Cannot Delete Folders/Files from Dowloads Folder

    I have fourteen folders in my Downloads folder that will not delete. Neither will the files inside of them. I keep getting a popup that says I need permission. I grant permission and it comes back with "Try Again", and keeps doing so, ad nauseum. I can delete any other file or folder from the Downloads folder, or any place else on my drives. Just not these folders.

    Of note:

    1. I am the administrator of this PC
    2. I am logged on as administrator
    3. I have tried taking ownership of the folders

    These are simply installer files for some audio software. I have no idea why they won't delete. Any help is much appreciated.

    Thank you
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  2. Posts : 36,333
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Methods for difficult to delete files:
    a. Boot to a command prompt
    b. Boot from a live boot disk
    c. Use Emco Unlockit (free) - deletes both files and folders on boot

    If after deleting them they return, consider whether they are synced with something- Onedrive, Google Sync etc etc...
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  3. Posts : 31
    Windows 10 Version 10.0.18363 Build 18363

    Hi Gurn!

    Have you perhaps tried deleting the files in safe mode?

    Also, perhaps give this a try, usually works for me when I have trouble deleting files: IObit Unlocker, Solution for "undelete files or folders" Problems on Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, 10 - IObit
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  4. Posts : 825
    Windows 10 Professional x64 21H2

    I second IObit Unlocker. Good call olat.
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  5. Posts : 3,759
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 22H2

    Do you have a Downloads folder in your One Drive? These may be synced together.
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  6. Posts : 1,604
    Win 10 home 20H2 19042.1110

    I wouldn't recommend IObit for anything! See if renaming those folders and then try deleting will work.
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  7. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1

    I would recommend Take Ownership

    Add Take Ownership to Context Menu in Windows 10
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  8. Posts : 381
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    I tried renaming them and they say that the files are in use by another process. I have no idea what, but being that these are installation files and there is a license required to use them, I suspect that the license manager is keeping the files open somehow.

    I'm going to check with process explorer and see if I can kill the process and be able to delete the files.

    I don't have the folder synced with anything like Onedrive or anything. I happen to hate the cloud. :)
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  9. Posts : 3,759
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 22H2

    Use an Unlocker program like Lockhunter or the afore mentioned IOBit Unlocker to see what is locking the file.
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  10. Posts : 1,183
    win10 home

    This might work for you.
    Left click on a file
    Right click on that file
    Left click on Properties
    Left click on Details tab
    At the bottom of the window,Left click on "Remove properties and personal information"
    In the new window,Left click on the second radio button "Remove the following properties from this file"
    In the same window,Left click Select All
    In the same window,Left click O.K.
    In the Details Tab window,Left click O.K.
    That file should now be deleted---hopefully---.It isn't as time consuming as it appears
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