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  • Started 6 years ago by RickFiggis
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RickFiggis
RickFiggis
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Trying to delete contents of windows.old, OK so far but cannot delete Contacts file - get message 'The source file name(s) are larger than is supported by the file system'. In fact every time I have tried to delete Contacts folder, another has appeared. I now have 26 Contacts folders, all empty and of 0 bytes.
How can I delete these files?

Posted 6 years ago
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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Much as I hate to say this. Try deleting the Windows.old folder using Windows Disk Cleanup. Be careful what boxes you check.

Posted 6 years ago
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RickFiggis
RickFiggis
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Tried Windows Disk Cleanup - unfortunately it failed to work reporting 'Disk Space Cleanup Manager has stopped working' and a report has been sent looking for a solution ... any other ideas?

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Umm..sounds like you're are infected with something!
Try this first
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto.....-in-vista/
and delete the folders

Posted 6 years ago
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thegeek
The Geek
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You should also consider running a full checkdisk scan of your drive... it could be that the folder you are trying to delete is corrupted and won't delete because of that.

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RickFiggis
RickFiggis
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OK, I 'took ownership' of the file(s), tried to delete them and was unable to. I ran checkdisk - not sure of the result, but no faults were reported, tried to delete again and was unable to. Contacts folder now contains 45 contacts folders, total size 0 bytes.
Have made some progress (of a kind). Dragged Contacts folder onto desktop and deleted Windows.old OK. I now have Contacts folder (from Windows.old file) on the desktop it is 0 bytes, contains 45 folders called 'contacts' and I am unable to delete it. Is there some way I can render it invisible as it is of no use to me and apparently has no size?

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Can you delete the individual subfolders?

Edit. Also try using this. It has an uncanny knack of being able to delete folders when windows can't.
http://www.freecommander.com/

Posted 6 years ago
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RickFiggis
RickFiggis
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I tried freecommander - interesting utility but didn't help.
I was able to delete the files one at a time by dragging them out, but when I got to the last one, 26 new ones were created! I have now decided to bury the Contacts file where I'm unlikely to find it as it has no size or purpose other to wind me up! There doesn't seem to be an infection as the PC is going great and the antivirus/antimalware scanner I have hasn't found anything to report.
So thanks for your input, but let's call it a day.

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