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Ok guys, here's the deal... I have installed Windows 7 but an old folder from Windows Vista x64 called Program Files x86 stills here. When I try to delete it, that's what happens:



Anyone knows how can I get rid of this folder, without formating ?? Thanks in advance.
 

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If the version of Windows 7 you're using is also 64-bit, then the answer is, you don't remove it. It is needed. Windows Vista and Windows 7 separates the programs into two programs folders. One is for 32-bit "legacy" programs, and that is the folder you're trying to remove, and the other is for 64-bit programs.

If you're using a 32-bit version (why?), then have you tried using "unlocking" programs, or have you tried deleting it from outside (not while within) the operating system?

Edit: I think I see the problem's cause now. The legacy programs folder in Windows 7 has parenthesis, ala, it is labeled "Program Files (x86)", and the Windows Vista version doesn't have the parenthesis, ala, it is labeled "Program Files x86", so it remains left over/wasn't overwritten during the supposed upgrade (why not a clean install?)?
 

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The I don't know, but if you didn't format before you install, it could easily have been left over. Sometimes it can even you did format but only did the quick format, as I've had old Windows XP installs (namely, a certain Flash file in particular...) get stuck behind, and I couldn't delete it unless I used "file unlocking" type programs (read up on it if you're unaware of what this is). I have a feeling something similar is happening.
 

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which is easier of you install the take ownership reg patch :D
 

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even unlocker requires security permissions to delete files.
 

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so far ive got no problems with it at all in either renaming or deleting or moving my files. and some of the files behavve stragely like when ive got nothing open thats blocking them it still wont let me do what i need to do to it. so unlocker helps there a lot
 

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;) remove the security privs from a file and try unlocker on it.
 
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