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cannot delete THUMBS.DB file


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#1 heavyjavadrinker

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 10:05 AM

I have a folder that used to store 4 or 5 mp3 files and now i want to delete the folder and cannot.
every time i go to delete the folder it says:

You Need Permission to Perform this Action

what can i do?

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 11:39 AM

Well, the THUMBS.DB file saves the thumbnails of the files that are in that directory (folder). You normally would not be able to delete it, as it is technically a system file. You might try taking ownership of the file, then try to delete it again.

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#3 heavyjavadrinker

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:13 PM

hmm...

i installed take ownership and went ahead and tried it to no avail.
after doing the right click and selecting "take ownership" and then trying to delete,
i get the same message.

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 09:31 PM

Download, and install Unlocker: http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/
Restart computer.
It'll install under right click menu.

Open Windows Explorer.
Navigate to offending folder/file.

Right click on a folder/file. Click Unlocker
Select Delete from drop-down menu:

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Click OK.
A folder/file will refuse to be deleted, but Unlocker will give you an option to delete on reboot:

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Click Yes.
Restart computer.

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 11:22 PM

i downloaded Unlocker and installed it, but when i go to the folder i want to delete and right-click it, i get no option for
Unlocker. However there is an Unlocker magic-wand icon in the system tray at the bottom right of my screen. It's sort
of useless though, because it just gives you the option to Hide the icon, auto-start and close out of the program.

Perhaps it did not install correctly?

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 07:44 AM

Just a clarification...the thumbs.db file can normally be deleted, I delete mine all the time. It's just re-created next time the folder is opened and thumbs view is invoked. It's one of the few "system files" which can be deleted normally.

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 10:28 AM

but when i go to the folder i want to delete and right-click it, i get no option for Unlocker

Did you restart computer?

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