- Jul 16, 2006
Several months ago I installed a Vista beta (build 5384 sounds about right). After I had my fill of yummy, shiny Aero, I decided to go back to good ol' XP Pro. Vista had been installed on a second hard drive used for media storage, so switching back was no problem. The issue is this (and I'm assuming a lot here, so forgive me if I'm way off): there are several system-critical directories in the root of the drive (Docs and Setts, Users, ProgramData, etc.) that I cannot seem to delete for the life of me. I believe this to be due to the fact that Vista supports longer (deeper) folder paths than XP. In this case, it appears as M$ has intentionally blocked access to these directories by burying a folder just slightly over the XP limit. Short of just formatting the drive or installing Vista on another drive to access the one in question (a possibility I'd be willing to entertain if it would guarantee results), any thoughts?