Windows 2003: cannot delete files

Posted on 2006-03-29
Last Modified: 2010-07-27
I am trying to remove a bunch of old files that were restored from a failed server (WIN NT)to my current server(Win2k3). When I try to delete them I get this message "make sure the disk is not full or write protected and that the file is not in use". These files are old and are NOT in use, I checked. Many have the ? mark entries in the ACL in the security tab and many also seem to be compressed. They are old .doc files, so I dont believe they are tied to any runing processes. I need to delete these things, it is holding me up fro more important tasks.
Question by:kevotron
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    Assisted Solution

    Hi kevotron,

    are you able to delete them in safe mode?

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    Accepted Solution

    Boot into safe mode and then delete the files.

    Booting into safe mode disables the Windows file protection and will allow you to delete them.

    Here is an article:
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    Expert Comment

    i think SID with  previous OS user or administrators

    login as administrator and take ownwership to administrator and try to delete it  
     folder/file properties -> security ->Advanced >Owner > change owner to administrator (also  put tick to "Replace owner on sub containers and objects" )
    now try to detele.

     following  article for more detail;en-us;320081



    Author Comment

    Spanks fellas.

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