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Cannot delete folder (System Folder type)

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  1. Rascalx3

    Rascalx3 Thread Starter

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    Hello!

    I have a problem with deleting a folder within my user folder (C:\Users\Matt). The folder is called Workspaces and apparently it is a 'System Folder' (see image below).

    Attempt #1:
    I am unable to delete it with the command prompt or by recycle bin. I right-clicked on the folder to see the options and it only had [Open, Open in new window, Create shortcut].

    Attempt #2:
    I tried to use the Command Prompt to delete it using the command "RMDIR /S Workspaces" (see image below) while in the Matt folder. I found something fishy though... when I did the command "ls" or "ls -al" (for hidden files), the folder Workspaces does not show up at all. I also noticed that their was nothing shown within the folder and neither could I access the folder if I used the command "cd Workspaces" in the command prompt.

    I am new to the commant prompt commands so I'm not sure if I'm removing it properly, I tried searching on Google but nothing seemed to describe this problem. Would be really great if anyone could help!

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  2. centauricw

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    You need to use ATTRIB command to clear the SYSTEM setting for the folder before you can delete it.
     
  3. Rascalx3

    Rascalx3 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for your reply!

    I tried using some variations of the attrib commands but it did not succeed! I looked it up and tried the following three commands while in the C:\Users\Matt directory and the folder I want to delete is in there.

    attrib -s workspaces
    File not found

    attrib -s /workspaces
    Invalid switch

    attrib -s C:\Users\Matt\Workspaces
    File not found

    What could I be doing wrong?
     
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