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Deleting a folder that won’t delete in Windows 7

April 29th, 2013 · 4 Comments

I had another problem with my computer which was harder than it needed to be to sort out so I thought I would post the answer here in the hopes that it will help others.

I have Google Drive installed on my home computer. When I couldn’t get Windows 7 to update one of the thigns I tried was to reinstall Windows 7. The reinstallation went smoothly, though it didn’t fix the problem of Windows 7 not updating. One small problems I had was that I needed to reinstall several drivers, and also my google drive flder became unlinked and it wouldn’t relink. When attempting to relink the folder a message come up saying that the folder I was attempting to relink already has files in it and that I had to provide a new empty folder.

So I made a new, empty Google Drive Folder and relinked that with Google Drive, and it synched with my Google Drive on the net and is now functioning properly.

The next problem I had was that I couldn’t delete the old Google Drive folder. The error messages that came up was:

“You’ll need to provide administrator permission to delete this folder”

I was already logged in as administrator and the message did not say anything about what was required inorder to provide administrator permission (I wish error messages would say what they needed in order to solve the problem).

It is one of those problems that the forums are full of, with people looking for a solution. For some reason there are countless responses which are unhelpful.

This is the solution that worked for me.

One of the suggestions I came across on the web was to open an “elevated command prompt”.


It gave a link to this web page that describes how to do that:


There were five different options and it was near midnight so I didn’t really understand many of them, but again the one that worked for me was:

  • Click Start
  • Type cmd into the search box
  • Right click on the cmd.exe program that comes up
  • Choose Run as administrator
  • Type: RD /S /Q “the exact path to your folder you are trying to delete” (NB: include the quote marks)
  • For me this was:
    RD /S /Q “C:\Users\Haydn\Google Drive”

    I pressed return and the folder was instantly deleted.

    It was amazing. I hope this helps others out there with this problem.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kat // Jan 4, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Thank you!! This was driving me crazy!

  • 2 caguioaFly // Oct 6, 2014 at 2:41 am

    after doing properly what’s on the instructions, my cmd didn’t show anything. just an underline/underscore “_”. blinking. i will just exit it for now. please send me email for how to delete the folder exactly. please help. thanks!

  • 3 StarTrail // May 2, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    I don’t know who you are..but,if I find you,I’m going to hug you..hAhA..the force is strong with this one!!thank you,a undeletable folder is now gone,that it truly is..

  • 4 Alan Goose // Jun 24, 2015 at 8:36 pm


    So while pirate bay was down they offered a bittorrentsnyc code, so I put it in my bitsnyc and well, it was such a massive thing I could not hold anything. so i had to delete everything in the folder because it was going to take infintit time to snyc up….

    I later found out they let everyone write in the folder so, well to many people were doing it,

    Anyways so The folder I could not delete. But I could rename it, So i deleted all the files i could and I was left with 5 folders in the one folder
    so for about half a year I had this useless folder that i renamed d:\ignoreme

    I spent about 35 minuets and finally found your blog and this actually solved the problem.

    Anyways…. Thanks alot.

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