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 PostPost subject: Undeletable        Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:07 am 
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I have two drives on my computer, a C: and a D:

On my C: drive was vista but I installed 7 build 7000 and removed vista, but leaving my data

On my D: drive is my XP install.

I don't want to format my C: drive but I want to remove 7, even in XP if I try to delete 7's system files I get

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 PostPost subject: Re: Undeletable        Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:16 pm 
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This program might help you: http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

It will force the folder to delete and should work even if permission is denied as well, but I can't guarantee it.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Undeletable        Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:10 pm 
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mewrox99 wrote:
I have two drives on my computer, a C: and a D:

On my C: drive was vista but I installed 7 build 7000 and removed vista, but leaving my data

On my D: drive is my XP install.

I don't want to format my C: drive but I want to remove 7, even in XP if I try to delete 7's system files I get

"Access Denied"

Can anyone help me


The BOOT directory on C cannot be removed.

I would suggest, to complety wipe the pc (even if you don't want it).
And then partition 2 partions, XP on C:\ and the other partition for Windows 7 (then you can safely wipe it if you want).
Then you can use BCDEDIT or some GUI program that can be downloaded for free remove the entry from the Bootmanager.

And then install a newer build.


I know you do not want to delete all of it, but this is the easiest way to do it.
But I think there are other ways.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Undeletable        Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:11 pm 
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The problem is that if you delete that partition you're going to loose your bootloader. You might be able to delete it if you boot into a recovery console from an XP CD using diskpart. I have no idea if you can run diskpart from there though, I've never tried.

If you do manage to get rid of it you'll need to run fixmbr, fixboot, and bootcfg /rebuild all from the recovery console in order to be able to boot back into XP.

If you're looking to just install a newer build of 7 I would follow the suggestion above and just do a clean install without deleting the partition/formatting, then you keep the boot entry for your XP install and don't have to worry about messing with bcdedit and the new install will delete/rename all the old Windows 7 files.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Undeletable        Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:33 pm 
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Just take ownership directory (Windows, Program Files, ect), set the permissions to Full Control, then delete them. Make sure to tick the box "Replace ownership on subcontainers and objects. If you do that for only the directories the bootloader will stay intact and you will have freed up the partition without needing to format. Alternatively, if you have an xp disc, you can format that partition and use the disc to perform a startup repair and rewrite the bootloader.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Undeletable        Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 4:28 pm 
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if you put in a Windows XP cd when it asks you to choose witch partition to install it on format the C drive, that should work, although you may loose your boot.ini until you re-install


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 PostPost subject: Re: Undeletable        Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:20 am 
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I forgot about this thread :P

My ~45Gb of ISOs is on my C,

Is the bootloader in C:/Windows 'cas thats all I want to delete

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 PostPost subject: Re: Undeletable        Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:57 pm 
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yeah it is, why dont you format and use the repair option for mbr on the 7 disk?


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mewrox99 wrote:
I forgot about this thread :P

My ~45Gb of ISOs is on my C,

Is the bootloader in C:/Windows 'cas thats all I want to delete


You should never store your data on the same partition as your OS installation. Thats asking for trouble. Always store it on another then at least you can format c:\ if the OS installation breaks and not lose any data...

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 PostPost subject: Re: Undeletable        Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 5:34 pm 
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Depending on what you want to delete, you can always use a live linux distro disc and delete it from there.


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I've just installed the RC of 7 and removed the Windows.Old folder of Beta1 so I was able to delete that folder :)

In the future my I'll partition my drive properly :wink:

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 PostPost subject: Re: Undeletable        Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:15 am 
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mewrox99 wrote:
I forgot about this thread :P

My ~45Gb of ISOs is on my C,

Is the bootloader in C:/Windows 'cas thats all I want to delete


zamadatix wrote:
yeah it is, why dont you format and use the repair option for mbr on the 7 disk?



No. Bootloader is not in the windows directory.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Undeletable        Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:33 pm 
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expert01 wrote:


No. Bootloader is not in the windows directory.


I know the ntldr files are in it in XP and in Vista it is a folder called "boot", the files may be in a subdirectory (I think system 32)


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You can use Liberkey Ultimate, a compilation of many free software, included a long list of soft for kill & delete broken,locked files.


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