Windows 10: Can't delete a folder named "start menu"

  1.    26 Nov 2015 #1

    Can't delete a folder named "start menu"


    I copied the (highly configured) start menu folder from an old computer to a new computer.

    After using this folder to help configure the new computer I want to delete it. Win10 won't let me.

    Is there a solution to this problem?
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  2.    26 Nov 2015 #2

    macdonal said: View Post
    I copied the (highly configured) start menu folder from an old computer to a new computer.

    After using this folder to help configure the new computer I want to delete it. Win10 won't let me.
    Hi, what error message do you get (if any)?
    What is the path to your copied folder?
    I wouldn't normally expect there to be a particular problem- I've made a copy of mine for reference and to extract iconised subfolders, for example.

    Have you tried (e.g.) Unlocker?
    Otherwise there might be a permissions issue.. (rt click, properties, Security tab)- as to why I can't guess.
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  3.    26 Nov 2015 #3

    It is on my desktop. I had tried everything you suggested. I can temporarily delete it but it then reappears. This is Win10 protecting the Start Menu -- normally a good thing.

    You say that you have a copy yourself. I know that you don't want to try, but my guess is that you can't delete it.
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  4.    27 Nov 2015 #4

    macdonal said: View Post
    It is on my desktop. I had tried everything you suggested. I can temporarily delete it but it then reappears. This is Win10 protecting the Start Menu -- normally a good thing.

    You say that you have a copy yourself. I know that you don't want to try, but my guess is that you can't delete it.
    I have no problem deleting it. Actually my copy is on an external USB drive for reference as I move from 32 bits to 64.

    So try restarting to a command prompt using installation media or a boot disk, then delete from there. I.e. don't delete it from within Windows.

    Another thing that might be of interest is Emco's Move on Boot (which also deletes). Freeware.
    MoveOnBoot Free - Rename/Move/Delete Locked Files on Reboot
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  5.    13 Dec 2015 #5

    Nope


    I tried everything suggested; nothing worked. Also used an Ubuntu boot disk to delete the folder. It came back. I see several registry entries for the folder but I'm afraid to delete them, as they seem to reflect something deep inside Windows.
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  6.    13 Dec 2015 #6

    If you have successfully deleted it and it has returned, then you need to find out
    a. What is it a copy of - is it a copy of anything else
    b. Does it reappear if you do a clean boot?
    - process of elimination- what's putting it back
    c. If so, does it happen in safe mode?

    And does it reappear at some time after logging in?

    So you need to do some analysis...
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