Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Deleting Resistant Files on #Windows - Solutions

Earlier today, helping a colleague with their computer, I ran across a fascinating problem that involved deleting a file Windows 7 would not allow me to delete, even as an administrator. That scenario is similar to the one below, shared by an Oklahoma Technology Director.

I have a number of files on my Windows server that need to be deleted. Some of them are virus infected files that none of the four AV solutions I've tried can clean or remove. Some of them are just files I need to get rid of. When attempting to delete these files I get the error, "You need permission to perform this action." I have disabled UAC and taken ownership of the files and am logged in as an Administrator. I have scoured the forums online and these are the only solutions I can find offered. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Also, I cannot empty the recycle bin on this same server.

Responses from Oklahoma Technology Directors:

  1. Use a linux boot cd or key ... mount the drive and remove the files.
  2. Download a program to delete these files. Use
  3. YUMI MultiBoot -
  4. Tuxboot helps you to create a bootable Live USB drive for Clonezilla live, DRBL live, GParted live and Tux2live

Wow, I'd never heard of options 3 and 4! I'll have to explore those in the future.

In my situation, I opted for approach #1 listed below in the responses. Here are some ways to get that done:

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