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  1.    20 Mar 2016 #1
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    Virtualized folder remains


    How do I remove my old Win 7 Users directory? Like:

    D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized\C\Users\Me\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox\shellext

    Win 7 is already gone (I'm basically just cleaning out my old disk). MS is very aggressively preventing me from deleting this folder, though (via Win 10).

    How do I get rid of this old stuff?

    Thx.
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  2.    20 Mar 2016 #2
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    Hmm, nobody knows?
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  3.    20 Mar 2016 #3
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    Near as I can tell, it's the last 'shellext' dir that cannot be found:


    D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local>cacls Microsoft /L /T /G Everyone:F
    Are you sure (Y/N)?y
    processed dir: D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft
    processed dir: D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows
    processed dir: D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files
    processed dir: D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized
    processed dir: D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized\D
    processed dir: D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized\D\Users
    processed dir: D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized\D\Users\Me
    processed dir: D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized\D\Users\Me\AppData
    processed dir: D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized\D\Users\Me\AppData\Roaming
    processed dir: D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized\D\Users\Me\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox
    The system cannot find the file specified.
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  4.    21 Mar 2016 #4
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    C'mon, guys, where are the experts here?!
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  5.    21 Mar 2016 #5
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    The trailing shellext folder has an empty space at its end, and is actually called "shellext ". But it can't be renamed/removed. Like

    rd /s "shellext\ "

    The system cannot find the file specified.

    Someone, please help me with this?! Been looking at this for days!
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  6.    21 Mar 2016 #6
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Try opening an elevated ("run as administrator") command prompt and use:

    rmdir D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized\C\Users\Me\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox /s

    or maybe:

    rmdir "D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized\C\Users\Me\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox" /s

    You might have to use this first if the folder contains hidden or system files:

    attrib -h -s D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized\C\Users\Me\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox /s

    or

    attrib -h -s "D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized\C\Users\Me\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox" /s
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  7.    21 Mar 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    Try opening an elevated ("run as administrator") command prompt and use:

    rmdir D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized\C\Users\Me\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox /s

    or maybe:

    rmdir "D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized\C\Users\Me\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox" /s

    You might have to use this first if the folder contains hidden or system files:

    attrib -h -s D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized\C\Users\Me\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox /s

    or

    attrib -h -s "D:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized\C\Users\Me\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox" /s

    Thanks for your reply.

    I tried all of that before (and much more); but the problem is always a "File not found" error when it hits the 'shellext ' folder. Like

    takeown /f "shellext " /r /D Y
    ERROR: The system cannot find the file specified.

    No attributes can be set on it, it can't be renamed (not on prompt, nor in Explorer, nor using 7-Zip or something). And it really has a trailing space (checked that by outputting dir command to file). Nor will a del *.* (on higher directories) work on it.
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  8.    21 Mar 2016 #8
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    Maybe boot from a Linux live USB/DVD?
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  9.    23 Mar 2016 #9
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    You'll need to deal with it outside Windows permissions. Hence NavyLCDR's suggestion of using a boot disk.

    You could also use a Win 10 installation medium and boot to a command prompt, or from Win 10, SHIFT + Restart and navigate to a command prompt via Troubleshoot.
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  10.    23 Mar 2016 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    Maybe boot from a Linux live USB/DVD?
    I must admit I'm not that familiar with how to mount an NTFS disk under Linux. (Been running a FreeBSD server for years, but that didn't include adding Windoze disks).
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