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08-11-2005, 08:38 PM
Ok so i got 4 folders i need to delete in my Interface WoW folder. But i cant get rid of them. Cant op them, cant change their properties, cant move. Well i cant do anything with AT ALL!

Is there some program or something that could delete it for me? Ive tried DrDelete but it only delete's files not whole folders.


08-11-2005, 08:42 PM
Did you reboot your computer?

It might be possible that they are *ghost* folders as I would like to call them.
They don't excists, but windows still has them in it's memory.

08-11-2005, 08:45 PM
rebootet several times

09-11-2005, 12:26 AM
Then Sir! You are haunted, by..... GHOST FOLDERS!! *Shivers*
Who do you call!?

09-11-2005, 01:20 AM

Folder busters? Nono, that doesn't sound quite right...

09-11-2005, 07:18 AM
Ghost folder... busters?

09-11-2005, 10:57 AM

09-11-2005, 11:25 AM
right lick on the mentioned files/folers, properties, unmark the box for indexing files, unmark for archive, reboot, now you will be able to delete the files.


09-11-2005, 11:29 AM
Tried it Tau but the files just check themselves back on automaticly. They dont save the settings i give them...

09-11-2005, 11:36 AM

now go to controll panel, somewhere should be the section that allows you to alter settings so folder and files are set to "remember" changed settings. When you find that, you should be getting this to work.

BTW: you know folers dont mean nothing if they are empty right? Try deleting the content of the folders.


09-11-2005, 11:45 AM
Cant open em ;)

Ill try to set them to remember the settings

09-11-2005, 12:03 PM
Did you install WoW as another user on your computer? If not try this:

Open the command prompt. (Start menu > run > write "cmd" > ok)

Type: rmdir c:\PathToYourWowDirecory\interface /s

press enter

09-11-2005, 12:28 PM
thats a new possibility! Will try so

Thank you all

09-11-2005, 12:58 PM
Aye, command prompt always works when windows starts bitching about deleting stuff.

09-11-2005, 02:03 PM
But it didnt work ^^

Well it says "The folder is not empty" and that i think is my problem. The folder is not empty but the files are damaged...

09-11-2005, 02:21 PM
tze most evil trick

open task manager, stop every process which has your ownership and you have no clue what it does.

It will crash your computer, if you take a wrong process. but keep trying till you get the right one. try deleting the folder after each process you killed.

09-11-2005, 02:29 PM
DOS, I'm telling you - Had this problem myself a while back, using the Command Prompt was the only thing that managed to delete the files.

...of course, it took longer for me to remember how to use DOS...

09-11-2005, 02:59 PM
Nothing works... ive tried:

- DrDelete
- Chaging the files properties and afterwards delete it
- Deleting it normal and Shift-Del
- Uninstalling WoW

And im about to get pissed -.-

09-11-2005, 04:28 PM
Wipe the hard drive, thats what i do when i get pissy, although, with 3 hard drives, and WoW and games having a seperate one to windows its pretty easy for me just to clear it.

09-11-2005, 04:30 PM

09-11-2005, 08:22 PM
Oh great i cannot find the WoW uninstall file in any way... Any of you mind sending it to me via. messenger or smth. Im getting a bit confused here -.-

MSN: Mr_ik1@hotmail.com

10-11-2005, 08:53 AM
why didnt u use my trick :'(

It will surely work!

10-11-2005, 04:04 PM
My way > Files.

16-11-2005, 11:09 PM
chkdsk /R

16-11-2005, 11:24 PM
And of course you checked for hidden files and such and deleted those... I've seen mods that came pre-packaged with hidden garbage from the lua compiler and such. Otherwise, it could be a networking thing. If someone else is accessing your folders while you try and delete them, it won't work - but I guess noone share their WoW-folder, so this would be pretty odd.

17-11-2005, 06:54 AM
Ok i cant check for hidden files since i cant open it AT ALL! I cant do anything with it in any way.

17-11-2005, 09:15 AM
Hi karlsens
a couple of things
1/ ensure your pc is not conected to a network or the internet
2/ confirm that you have admin rights on your pc with the profile you logged in with. (go to start, control panel, user accounts) reboot if neccessary to change.
3/ go to windows explorer,tools, folder options, view tab, check the box that says show hidden files and folders, click apply.
4/ browse through explorer to the folder does it open? (if so delete the contents)
5/ can u delete the folder?
6/ if not go to start, run, type "cmd"
7/ from the command prompt window. type : deltree c:\wow\interface\nameoffoldertoberemoved
8/ did this work if no try, erase c:\wow\interface\nameoffoldertoberemoved\*.* /p this will prompt for each file it finds and ask you wether to delete.
9/ if you are sure the folder is empty use:
rmdir c:\wow\interface\nameoffoldertoberemoved

hope this helps

17-11-2005, 09:17 AM
tried it all got admin rights tried to stop all processes nothing and just nothing works!

17-11-2005, 11:10 AM
Just format the bloody thing :D

S'what I always do anyway, although getting my windows back like it was takes an hour max including installing WoW again :)

Or the best way, get linux ^^