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    Got a folder I cannot delete or take ownership of

    A student has just come to me saying there is a folder in his documents that he cannot delete. He didnt create it - that is pretty obvious from the name, its a malicious insult by someone else

    Thing is, I cant open it ('xxxx refers to a location that is unavailable') cannot delete it and cannot rename it. There is also no security tab when I right click so I cannot make myself the owner.

    I would try and use CACLS or delete it from the command line, but when I try to type in the name, even in brackets, it cant be found. Its hard to even type the name, because its a whole sentance with double spaces and double full stops, and a full stop at the end of the folder name.

    On any other machine I would try to reboot into safe mode and delete from there. However this is the server with all the kids documents on so that isnt an option.

    I just dont know how they have done this

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    Re: Got a folder I cannot delete or take ownership of

    dir /x

    then use rmdir on the short name "folder~1" etc.

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    Re: Got a folder I cannot delete or take ownership of

    Cheers

    rmdir wouldnt work as it said it wasnt empty but rd and then the shortname got rid of it

    Still weird how they managed to do it

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