Folders in Windows Explorer cannot be accessed or deleted ( Operating System is WinXP Service Pack2)

Posted on 2004-11-17
Last Modified: 2008-02-26
I recently backed up folders and files that were located on a WinXP Fat32 partition using Simple Backup Simple Backup, Version 4.84 by Veritas.  The folders/files were copied to a CD.   I then re-formated my harddrive, reinstalled WinXP as NTFS partitions and tried to reinstall my folders/files using Simple Backup Restore.  I was able to reinstall the folders/file trees to the new partition.  However, I tried to move several subfolders that were reinstalled outside of their original directory tree by cutting and pasting.  For example:  The main folder was named Backup then a subfolder was called Apps and subfolder under Apps was named Patches.  I moved the Patches folder to the root drive D: .  The Patches folder shows up now as D:\Patches in Windows Explorer, however I cannot access the folder or delete it.  I keep getting an error message that says Access Denied.

How can I remove these folders?

Question by:reichardd
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    Hello reichardd =)

    Have you tried taking ownership of these folders yet ??

    HOW TO: Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP:

    HOW TO: Set, View, Change, or Remove File and Folder Permissions in Windows XP;en-us;308418

    Note: If you cannot see the Security tab, then you will have to goto Explorer>Tools>Folder Options>View and untick Simple File Sharing, apply and now u shud get that tab in XP PRO !!
    For XP Home edition, you will have to boot into safemode and have to login as Administrator to access the Security tab, coz in xp home this tab cannot be visible to standard users !!

    Author Comment

    Thank you.  I do have WinXP Home Edition, so I booted into Safe Mode and logged in as Administrator.  I then opened Windows Explorer and right clicked on the folders that I wanted to delete.  I chose properties, then the security tab and changed the permissions to full access.  I was then able to delete or use all of the folders that I was previously unable to access.

    Thanks again!
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    Well that's great ! :)

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    Thanx & Cheers ^_^

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