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#1 Droidling

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:55 AM

I currently have a directory that won't display in windows file management. but if I try to replace it I am asked if I want to replace files of the same name.

 

I had trouble installing SteamVR with my existing Steam installation. Eventually I tried uninstalling Steam and SteamVR. I have a small SSD with the OS on it and a larger HDD I like to install most programs on. When I tried to reinstall Steam to the same directory on the HDD the installer said the folder needed to be empty. I couldn't manually delete the steam directory from the Program Files (x86) directory of the HHD. It was read only. I unchecked read only in the folder properties, and deleted it. Now my entire Program FIles (x86) directory is missing. I tried to create a new Program FIles (x86) directory and was told the drive already contained a folder by that name.

 

I tried SFC scan now and DISM to check for system image issues. They found nothing. I'm guessing I have a corrupted file system on the HDD. I'm not sure what to try next.



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:28 AM

I will recommend you to use revo and install it, with the use of the revo you can delete all the old file or folder of that particular or any other  application even registry file of that application as well.



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:41 AM

Googling Revo gave me links to everything from Sunglasses to a 5-Axis measuring system. Can you provide a link?

 

What is missing at the moment is the entire Program Files (x86) directory. Are you saying I can delete just the Steam directory and hope that the Program File directory will reappear as a result?



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:57 AM

He suggested Revo Uninstaller. It's a free uninstaller which does a good job at removing stubborn pieces of software.

http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html

 

I believe he was suggesting you use to make sure all remnants of steam have been removed from your PC so you can perform the reinstall and hopefully will stop throwing up the "This folder must be empty" message.

 

Just out of curiosity have you got it enabled so you can see hidden folders?


Edited by Steven_M, 20 March 2017 - 11:01 AM.


#5 Droidling

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 11:30 AM

He suggested Revo Uninstaller. It's a free uninstaller which does a good job at removing stubborn pieces of software.

http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html

 

I believe he was suggesting you use to make sure all remnants of steam have been removed from your PC so you can perform the reinstall and hopefully will stop throwing up the "This folder must be empty" message.

 

Just out of curiosity have you got it enabled so you can see hidden folders?

Bingo!! I just broke down and bought a new laptop that came with Windows 10. I've only had it a bit over 2 months and had not set it to display hidden files and folders. I'm not sure how this folder got hidden, but that was the root issue. 

 

I'll give Revo a try. I'm pretty sure I should be fine now, Let you know the final outcome later. 

 

Thank you!



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:00 PM

Revo didn't seem to help much.  The normal mode just said the uninstall failed. In the advance mode there were a few registry entries left over for SteamVR. It didn't seem to recognize that the main Steam directory hadn't been removed. I ended up just removing the read only flags and deleting the directories manually. I have Steam reinstalled now. I still have a problem with SteamVR and an IPC Compositor error. I have a message in with Valve tech support. Just have to see what they say.

 

I thought there was someway to give Kudo's to people that helped. I'm not seeing it. I must be confusing this with another forum. I guess all I can do is say thank you for getting me back on track.

 

 

Thank you!


Edited by Droidling, 20 March 2017 - 07:00 PM.





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