Delete Desktop System Folder

Posted on 2005-05-05
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
Hello! I have stupidly draged the Administative tools folder from  Start-Programs  to my Desktop and now can not delete it. The Administrative Tools folder remains complete in Start-Programs  but the desktop icon has no contents. All attemts to remove this have failed and continually come up with the error message to the effect that this folder is a windows system folder and windows needs it to run and therefore can not be deleted. Please help Cheers Sherry
Question by:ohbeonetwo
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    Expert Comment

    OK, just for you , I did the same stupid procedure " left-drag-the Administative tools folder from  Start-Programs  to my Desktop " and yes , the system folder ( acctually system object) cannot be deleted.
    RIGHT-DRAG the  Administative tools icon back to the Program menu which will undo the ("stupid") change you made by mistake. It works both in Normal and Safe mode ! I just did the test.
    -So, point to Administrative Tools icon on Desktop
    -Press and hold right mouse button
    -Drag the ( transparent) icon to the START button and wait for two-three seconds forStart menu to expand,
    -Move upwards to Programs line in the Start menu and wait again for couple seconds
    and once the Program menu expands
    -Release the right mouse button and
    -Select the option "Move Here"

    good luck
    BTW My OS is Windows 2000 Professional and I don't know is it workable solution for WinXP.


    Author Comment

    Thank You Nedvis! But. although this successfully removed the icon from Desktop it now appears twice in Start-Program
    One Administrative Tools Icon is the correct one with all services listed there-in but the other is the one I have dragged from the deskto as per your instruction and this icon contains no contents and continues to be un-deletable

    At least it's off the desktop so thanks for that!

    Cheers Sherry
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    Accepted Solution

    I don't really know whether that's because you inicialy left drag or right drag Admin Tools to desktop but it worked for me.
    What happens if you go Start --> Settings --> TaskBar & Start Menu  --Advanced tab and deselect "Display Administrative Tools" box ? Will both entries dissapear from programs menu?
    Interresting thing is that my Administrative Tools Icon wasn't empty : all tools were replicated in the folder on Desktop.
    Anyway, I think there must be a Windows registry entry pointing to that annoying empty Programs menu item: most likely  something like
     My Computer/HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/CLSID/{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153} in my case.
    Here's what would be semi-solution: Open Windows Explorer point to
    C:\Documents and Settings\YourUserName\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools and copy all shortcuts to the empty Administrative tools folder so it will be populated with the links to the admin tools as in original folder. Then via Settings --> TaskBar & Start Menu disable  "Display Administrative Tools" box . Only the cloned one will remain visible !

    I'll play a litle bit with regedit to see if there is a better solution.
    If nothing , you can move ( the same way) that  empty line somewhere else withing Programs menu ;)

    good luck


    Author Comment


    Ok without getting too long winded about the measures taken, I will say that the problem was solved by copying that key that you posted and finding and deleting it from the registry (fingers crossed--haven't rebooted yet!)

    Next I went to the start --programs again and draged the second folder (the empty one) into the correct one and Hey presto it worked..

    Bottom line is I am not sure which option worked or indeed if it was the combined actions that did the trick but all is as it should be now (pending reboot)

    So I thank you for your time and effort in resolving this issue Cheers Sherry


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