did a system reinstall, cant delete old backup shit

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  1. skaught The field its covered in blood Valued Senior Member

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    I had to reinstall windows. Upon returning, there is a folder in my C drive named "Backup" See the photo below. Its a useless folder that doesnt need to be there and is screwing up my defrags. You can tell by the picture what my problems are with it. Any advice on how to get rid of it? I have tried unlockler.

    Also, I am running a laptop with windows XP, all current on the updates.

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    Oh and wow. This be me 4000th post! Hooray!
     
  2. keith1 Guest

    Upon returning...I don't remember walking away. It may have asked to save a Windows version existing before your new install. You weren't there.
    You could go into F5 or F8 before windows starts and start windows in safe mode. Try picking at it from there, or as administrator.

    Or do another reinstall and hang out for the prompts to remove old windows versions.
     
  3. skaught The field its covered in blood Valued Senior Member

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    I first did a reinstall with saving old stuff, but too much of it couldnt be deleted. SO I did a complete format. That got rid of everything except that cursed little folder....
     
  4. keith1 Guest

    If you have a legal updated xp, you shouldn't have any trouble getting microsoft to help you. check their help /support files.

    Sounds easier than format c and repartitioning. good luck.
     
  5. aaqucnaona This sentence is a lie Valued Senior Member

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    Why win xp? Did you buy it? Pirate win 7, totally format the native disk drives and install it.
     
  6. skaught The field its covered in blood Valued Senior Member

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    XP is what came with my computer when i bought it in about 2006.

    I did reformat the drive. This was left over after the format.
     
  7. Chipz Banned Banned

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    By default, Windows will install over the existing partition and try to retain data, it mixes old data with new data (outside system and program files). To properly purge all data you'll have to reformat again. This time, go to the "custom" or "advanced" settings. When it lists your partitions, select the large one -- delete it -- select the large space again -- partition it. Now it will for sure clear out the data.
     
  8. skaught The field its covered in blood Valued Senior Member

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    Yeah im not reformatting again... But thanks for the response
     
  9. skaught The field its covered in blood Valued Senior Member

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    Damnit, wheres Macguyver when ya need him...
     
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  11. skaught The field its covered in blood Valued Senior Member

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    Yeah when i right click on the folder, there is no "security" tab...
     
  12. Chipz Banned Banned

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    Right Click --> Properties --> [Tab] Security.
     
  13. skaught The field its covered in blood Valued Senior Member

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    No such tab brother
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  14. keith1 Guest

    If you are running Windows XP Home Edition, you must start the computer in safe mode, and then log on with an account that has administrative rights in order to access the Security tab. Access to the Security tab is required in order to change security permission. If you are running Windows XP Professional, you do not have to start the computer in safe mode

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

    To verify that you are logged on to Windows with a user account that is a computer administrator, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
    http://support.microsoft.com/gp/admin

    You could try Backup/System Restore, and have two separate Windows files? No? Good luck!
     
  15. Chipz Banned Banned

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    And then there was one.

    I guess my memory of XP fails me, thinking back on it now...it's been more than a decade since I used it with any regularity.
     
  16. dumbest man on earth Real Eyes Realize Real Lies Valued Senior Member

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    Try unchecking "read only" box - then click "apply" button. Folder should now be able to be changed or deleted.
    If that does not work - something is not correct with your "clean" install.
    Did you use an XP "install" disk or an "upgrade" disk?
    To do a clean install, it is important to delete all partitions on instal HDD and reformat before beginning actual installation.
    Proper way is to put XP disk in drive - shut down computer - power up computer and ACECSS BIOS !! - in BIOS set BOOT to CD/DVD drive - SAVE CHANGES AND EXIT BIOS !!
    Should come up to HIT ANY KEY TO BOOT FROM CD/DVD or similar prompt - at this point hit any key on keyboard.
    DO NOT LEAVE !! - After a few minutes set up will proceed - depending on XP setup disk, you will get to a point where it asks exactly what you want to do; Repair or Install - choose install !
    Setup should show your HDD and any?all partitions on it - highligt each one and choose "delete" - when you are left with only ONE partition, choose to format it ( quick format is fine and takes hardly any time )
    Once it is formatted proceed with install !!

    Hope this helps - if not - post back and the dumbest man on earth will see your post and we'll go from there !!
     
  17. Aqueous Id flat Earth skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    Try going through your DOS command line interpreter. See if you can set the attributes to -R -S -H, and then delete the unwanted stuff. It's a service pack uninstaller.
     
  18. skaught The field its covered in blood Valued Senior Member

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    tried safe mode. still no security tab, and wont let me delete it.

    tried that, wont let me. gives me the same error message.
    With the disk that came with my computer

    yup, thats what i did actually.



    hmm... can you elaborate on that? Im not sure what this means.
     
  19. Chipz Banned Banned

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    Did you try yelling at it?
     
  20. skaught The field its covered in blood Valued Senior Member

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    Lol... not quite yet... lol
     
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