Windows XP, Vista and 7 have many protected directories that cannot be deleted easily, even if you pull out the harddisk and plug it in to another PC/laptop as an additional drive. Even force delete and file assassin failed to delete winsxs, system32 and others (in Windows.old folder). For alternative, I use Hiren’s Boot CD to delete the unwanted files/directories. But it was not working too.
The NTFS file system is blocking us to delete those files. The first step is to take over the ownership. To enable it, use gpedit (in Windows interface, open cmd/DOS prompt and type gpedit, then press enter). After that, get some file/folder properties modification to take over the ownership. Next, modify the authorization of the files/folders from read-only to full-control.
Finally, just press the delete button after selecting the unwanted files/folders.
BTW, it might be very helpfull next time. Here it is.
Download Hiren’s BootCD from http://www.hirensbootcd.net/download.html
All in One Bootable CD which has all these utilities:
Designed to cleanup malware infections and restore settings modified by malware
Popular CoolWebSearch Trojan Remover tool
Dr.Web CureIt! Antivirus (0404)
a free standalone anti-virus and anti-spyware on-demand scanner
Hidden services, hidden registry, hidden file scanner, Rootkit Detector and Remover
Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware 1.45 (0404)
anti-malware application that can thoroughly remove even the most advanced malware.
Rootkit Revealer is an advanced patent-pending root kit detection utility.
This removes Some of the popular Desktop Hijack malware
Spybot – Search & Destroy 1.6.2 (0404)
Application to scan for spyware, adware, hijackers and other malicious software.
SpywareBlaster 4.2 (0404)
Prevent the installation of spyware and other potentially unwanted software.
SuperAntispyware 4.35.1002 (0404)
Remove Malware, Rootkits, Spyware, Adware, Worms, Parasites (a must have tool)
A Tool for making copies of hard disks with bad sectors
Double Driver 3.0
Driver Backup and Restore tool
Another handy tool to backup drivers
backup any drive/partition to an image file, even if the drive is currently in use
The Fastest Copy/Delete Software on Windows
ImageX is used to backup/restore WIM images for Windows XP/Vista and Windows 7
An Open source CD/DVD burning software, also create/burn .iso images
Partition Saving 3.80
A tool to backup/restore partitions. (SavePart.exe)
a light-weight and simple utility to create backups of Windows registry files
Smart Driver Backup 2.12
Easy backup of your Windows device drivers (also works from PE)
WhitSoft File Splitter 4.5a
a Small File Split-Join Tool
Acronis True Image 8.1.945
Create an exact disk image for complete system backup and disk cloning.
Drive SnapShot 1.39
creates an exact Disk Image of your system into a file while windows is running.
ImageCenter 5.6 (Drive Image 2002)
Best software to clone hard drive
Norton Ghost 11.5.1
Similar to Drive Image (with Image Explorer and usb/scsi support)
BIOS / CMOS Tools
Award DMI Configuration Utility 2.43
DMI Configuration utility for modifying/viewing the MIDF contents.
a powerfull utility for bios and cmos
BIOS Cracker 5.0
BIOS password remover (cmospwd)
BIOS Utility 1.35.0
BIOS Informations, password, beep codes and more.
CMOS Save / Restore Tool
a powerful all in one utility
a tiny utility to wipe cmos
bios flash utility
Browsers / File Managers
File Manager/Archiver Supports 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, MSI, WIM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS formats
GUI explorer tool for accessing linux ext2 and ext3 filesystems under windows
Opera Web Browser 8.54
One of the fastest, smallest and smartest full-featured web browser
Total Commander 7.50a
A file manager similar to the Windows Explorer features side-by-side file-browsing panes, built-in FTP, archive management, file search/compare/synchronize and more.
Dos Command Center 5.1
Classic dos-based file manager.
Dos Navigator 6.4.0
Dos File Manager, Norton Commander clone but has much more features.
File Maven 3.5
an advanced Dos file manager with high speed PC-to-PC file transfers via serial or parallel cable
File Wizard 1.35
a file manager – colored files, drag and drop copy, move, delete etc.
Dos file manager with Pc to Pc file transfer capability
Volkov Commander 4.99
Dos File Manager with LongFileName/ntfs support (Similar to Norton Commander)
Mini Windows 98
Can run from Ram Drive, with ntfs support, 7-Zip, Disk Defragmenter, Notepad / RichText Editor, Image Viewer, .avi .mpg .divx .xvid Movie Player, etc…
Mini Windows Xp
Portable Windows Xp that runs from CD/USB/Ram Drive, with Network and SATA support
Crap Cleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool
Data Shredder 1.0
A tool to Erase disk and files (also wipe free space) securely
keeping track of the free space on your computer
a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Windows.
View/Copy/Delete hidden NTFS Alternate Data Streams
FileDisk Mount Tool 25
to mount ISO/BIN/NRG/MDF/IMA images on windows.
utility that changes the security ID (SID) for Windows NT, 2000 and XP
NTFS Access 2.1
Set NTFS permissions recursively and full access rights to a folder/file owner
Virtual Floppy Drive 2.1
enables you to create and mount a virtual floppy drive on your NT/2000/XP/Vista
to Edit boot.ini on NTFS Partition
To access ntfs partitions from Dos
NTFS Dos 3.02
To access ntfs partitions from Dos
NTFS Dos Pro 5.0
To access ntfs partitions from Dos
Paragon Mount Everything 3.0
To access NTFS, Ext2FS, Ext3FS partitions from dos
Hard Disk Tools
Active Kill Disk 4.1.2393
Securely overwrites and destroys all data on physical drive.
ExcelStor’s ESTest 4.50
ExcelStor hard disk diagnostic utility
Fujitsu HDD Diagnostic Tool 7.00
to check IDE drives for possible defects/problems
Fujitsu IDE Low Level Format 1.0
Low Level Format Tool
Gateway GwScan 5.12
Gateway hard drive diagnostic utility
Hard Disk Sentinel 0.04
Hard Disk health, performance and temperature monitoring tool.
main function is testing and repair (regenerates) bad sectors for detected devices
HDD Erase 4.0
Secure erase using a special feature built into most newer hard drives
IBM Hitachi Drive Fitness Test 4.16
quickly and reliably tests SCSI, IDE and SATA drives
IBM Hitachi Feature Tool 2.15
allows you to control some of the features of the the HDD
Maxtor amset utility 4.0
Utility for changing Acoustic Management on the hard drives
Maxtor Low Level Formatter 1.1
Maxtor’s Low Level Format Utility works on any harddrive
Maxtor PowerMax 4.23
designed to perform diagnostic read/write verifications on Maxtor/Quantum hard drives
Precise diagnostic of the mechanical part of a drive, perform Low-level format, Bad Sector Sepair, access raw sectors, manage S.M.A.R.T. (SMART) and other drive parameters such as acoustic management, security, Host Protected Area, etc.
Samsung Disk Diagnose (SHDIAG) 1.28
to diagnose the disk when suspected to have failures
Samsung ESTOOL 3.00g
Drive Diagnostic, Automatic Acoustic Management, Enable/Disable SMART etc
Samsung HDD Utility(HUTIL) 2.10
The Drive Diagnostic Utility
SeaTools for Dos
GUI 2.17 Text 1.10 versions to test Seagate or Maxtor Parallel ATA (PATA and IDE) and Serial ATA (SATA) interface disc drives
Hard Disk Drive S.M.A.R.T. Viewer.
Toshiba Hard Disk Diagnostic 2.00b
Toshiba hard drive diagnostic utility
Victoria 3.33e and 3.52rus
a freeware program for low-level HDD diagnostics
Restore/Erases the drive back to a factory condition
Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools 11.2
for the installation of Western Digital EIDE Hard Drives
Western Digital Diagnostics (DLGDIAG) 5.04f
to quickly and efficiently verify the status of the drive
Darik’s Boot and Nuke (DBAN) 1.0.7
Completely deletes the contents of any hard disk it can detect
HDD Regenerator 1.71
to recover a bad hard drive
MBR (Master Boot Record) Tools
Boot Sector Manipulation Tool, This tool replaces FixFAT.exe and FixNTFS.exe
all in one tool for cmos, bios, bootrecord and more
Grub4Dos installer 1.1
an universal boot loader GRUB for DOS installer
Directly update and modify the MBR (Master Boot Record)
To backup, restore, fix the boot code in the MBR
MBR Utility 1.05
to manipulate a drive’s master boot record (MBR) via the command line
Run this utility if you get ‘Invalid system disk’
Boot Partition 2.60
add Partition in the Windows NT/2000/XP Multi-boot loader
a utility to perform some common and uncommon MBR functions
backup, verify, restore, edit, refresh, remove, display, re-write…
MBR SAVE / RESTORE 2.1
BootSave and BootRest tools to save / restore MBR
Smart Boot Manager 3.7.1
a multi boot manager
a small Music Player for dos
Picture Viewer 1.94
Picture viewer for dos, supports more then 40 filetypes.
QuickView Pro 2.58
movie viewer for dos, supports many format including divx.
Ms Dos Tools
1394 Firewire Support
1394 Firewire Drivers for Dos
ASUSTeK USB Driver 3
ASUS USB CD-ROM Device Driver Version 1.00
Collection of dos utilities extract.exe pkzip.exe pkunzip.exe lha.exe gzip.exe uharcd.exe imgExtrc.exe xcopy.exe diskcopy.com mouse.com undelete.com edit.com fdisk.exe fdisk2.exe fdisk3.exe lf.exe delpart.exe wipe.com zap.com format.com deltree.exe more.com find.exe hex.exe debug.exe split.exe mem.exe attrib.com sys.com smartdrv.exe xmsdsk.exe killer.exe share.exe scandisk.exe scanreg.exe guest.exe doskey.exe duse.exe move.exe setver.exe intersvr.exe interlnk.exe loadlin.exe lfndos.exe doslfn.com
Interlnk support at COM1/LPT1
To access another computer from COM/LPT port
SCSI Drivers for Dos
SATA Driver (gcdrom.sys) and JMicron JMB361 (xcdrom.sys) for Dos
Universal USB Driver 2
Panasonic v2.20 ASPI Manager for USB mass storage
USB CD-Rom Driver 1
Standard usb_cd.sys driver for cd drive
Angry IP Scanner 2.21
Scan IP addresses in any range as well as any their ports
displays the list of all currently opened TCP and UDP ports on your computer
Network Password Recovery 1.23
Recover Windows XP/Vista network passwords (Credentials file)
Lists TCP and UDP endpoints, including the Local/Remote addresses of TCP connections
Winsock 2 Fix for 9x
to fix corrupted Winsock2 information by poorly written Internet programs
XP TCP/IP Repair 1.0
Repair your Windows XP Winsock and TCP/IP registry errors
Single-file-defrag, Partition-Backup/Restore, Safe Data-Erase, Clusterviewer
Free disk defragment and optimize utility for Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista/Windows 7
NT Registry Optimizer 1.1j
Registry Optimization for Windows NT/2000/2003/XP/Vista
System file Defragmenter For NT/2k/XP
Bulk Rename Utility 126.96.36.199
Rename multiple files, change timestamps and rename using EXIF data with the click of a button.
GUI Tool to create and extract UHA Archives
Hex Editor provides tools to inspect and edit files, main memory, disks/disk images
Universal TCP/IP Network 6.4
MSDOS Network Client to connect via TCP/IP to a Microsoft based network. The network can either be a peer-to-peer or a server based network, it contains 91 different network card drivers
Fat32 Formatter GUI 1.01
Windows XP cannot format a volume bigger than 32GB with FAT32
Partition Wizard Home Edition 4.2.2
Free Partition Magic Alternative, Partition Resize/Move/Copy/Create/Delete/Format/Convert, Explore, etc.
USB Format Tool
Format/make bootable any USB flash drive to FAT, FAT32, or NTFS partition.
eXtended Fdisk 0.9.3
XFDISK allows easy partition creation and edition
Partition Table Editor 8.0
Partition Table and Boot Record Editor
Ranish Partition Manager 2.44
a boot manager and hard disk partitioner.
Smart Fdisk 2.05
a simple harddisk partition manager
SPecial Fdisk 2000.03v
SPFDISK a partition tool.
Super Fdisk 1.0
Create, delete, format partitions drives without destroying data.
The Partition Resizer 1.3.4
move and resize your partitions in one step and more.
Acronis Disk Director 10.0.2160
Popular disk management functions in a single suite
Paragon Partition Manager 7.0.1274
Universal tool for partitions
Partition Magic Pro 8.05
Best software to partition hard drive for Windows 98/2000/XP
Partition Commander 9.01
The safe way to partition your hard drive,with undo feature
Asterisk Logger 1.04
Reveal passwords hidden behind asterisk characters.
Content Advisor Password Remover 1.01
It Removes Content Advisor Password from Internet Explorer
Mail PassView 1.55
Recovers mail passwords of Outlook Express, MS Outlook, IncrediMail, Eudora, etc.
A password recovery tool that reveals the passwords of several instant messangers
Password Renew 1.1
Utility to (re)set windows passwords
Recovers lost the product key of your Windows/Office
PST (Outlook) Password Recovery 1.12
Small utility that recovers lost password of Outlook .PST (Personal Folders) file
Enables/Disables Windows logon password validation
Allows you to View and Change Windows XP/2003 Product Keys, backup and restore activation related files, backup Microsoft Office 97, 2000 SP2, XP/2003 keys etc.
Recovers all wireless network keys (WEP/WPA) stored in your computer by WZC
XP Key Reader 2.7
Can decode the XP-key on Local or Remote systems
to bypass Login Password of Windows (32bit, any password) and Linux (kon-usr)
Offline NT Password Changer 2008-08-02
utility to reset/unlock windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7 administrator/user password.
Hard Disk Password Utility
utility to reset windows nt/2000/xp administrator/user password.
Active Password Changer 3.0.420
To Reset User Password on windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista (FAT/NTFS)
Dependency Walker 2.2
Checks for missing/invalid DLL/modules/functions for any exe/dll/ocx/sys.
IB Process Manager 1.04
a little process manager for 9x/2k, shows dll info etc.
View opened/locked files in your system, sharing violation issues
Pocket KillBox 188.8.131.528
can be used to get rid of files that stubbornly refuse to allow you to delete them
Process Explorer 12.1
shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded
Process Monitor 2.8
to monitor real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity, This tool replaces Filemon and Regmon
Detailed process access information read/write/opened files etc
This tool can delete file/folder when you get this message – Cannot delete file: Access is denied, The file is in use by another program etc.
RAM (Memory) Testing Tools
a Memory Testing Tool
Video Memory Stress Test 1.7.116
a tool to thoroughly test your video RAM for errors and faults
Windows Memory Diagnostic
a RAM Test tool
PC Memory Test
Partition Find and Mount 2.31
Partition Find and Mount software is designed to find lost or deleted partitions
Tool to Recover File and pictures from Dos/Windows
Restore deleted files from Hard Drive, Digital Camera Memory Card, usb mp3 player…
a tool to recover deleted files
Smart Partition Recovery 3.3
Find Lost NTFS partitions and restore them back.
Tool to check and undelete partition from Dos/Windows
Unstoppable Copier 4.4
Allows you to copy files from disks with problems such as bad sectors, scratches or that just give errors when reading data.
Active Undelete 5.5
a tool to recover deleted files
Active Partition Recovery 3.0
To Recover a Deleted partition.
Active Uneraser 3.0
To recover deleted files and folders on FAT and NTFS systems.
DiyDataRecovery Diskpatch 2.1.100
An excellent data recovery software.
GetDataBack for FAT/NTFS 4.0
Data recovery software for FAT/NTFS file systems
Ontrack Easy Recovery Pro 6.10
To Recover data that has been deleted/virus attack
Prosoft Media Tools 5.0 v184.108.40.206
Another excellent data recovery software with many other options.
Fix the Hard Drive Controller when replacing your motherboard on an XP system
Monitors/exports the Registry changes made by the selected application.
Registry Editor PE 0.9c
Easy editing of remote registry hives and user profiles
Registry Restore Wizard 1.0.4
Restores a corrupted system registry from Xp System Restore
Tool to find/search in the Registry of Windows
Registry Reanimator 1.02
Check and Restore structure of the Damaged Registry files of NT/2K/XP
Registry Viewer 4.2
Registry Viewer/Editor for Win9x/Me/NT/2K/XP
Remote Control Tools
Access any remote computer via Internet just like sitting in front of it, even through firewalls.
Cross-platform Remote Desktop Software to view/control remote pc with mouse and keyboard
High speed disk encryption tool to encrypt all disk/partitions, including the system partition encryption support
On-the-fly disk encryption tool, can create a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mount it as a real disk, can also encrypt an entire HDD/Partition/USB Drive
Displays All the entries from startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys, Explorer shell extensions,toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, Scheduled Tasks, Winsock, LSA Providers, Remove Drivers and much more which helps to remove nasty spyware/adware and viruses.
a general homepage hijackers detector and remover and more
Silent Runners Revision 60
A free script that helps detect spyware, malware and adware in the startup process
Startup Control Panel 2.8
a tool to edit startup programs
Startup Monitor 1.02
it notifies you when any program registers itself to run at system startup
System Information Tools
Scans minidump files for BSOD (blue screen of death) crash information
It gathers information on some of the main devices of your system
Drive Temperature 1.0
Hard Disk Drive temperature meter
A lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU
Hard disk benchmarking and information tool.
PC Wizard 2010.1.93
Powerful system information/benchmark utility designed especially for detection of hardware.
PCI 32 Sniffer 1.4 (0404)
device information tool (similar to unknown devices)
Gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings.
UnknownDevices 1.4.20 (0404)
helps you find what those unknown devices in Device Manager really are
View/Uninstall all installed/connected USB devices on your system
Advanced System info Tool and Reporting Assistant
CPU Identification utility 1.18
Detailed information on CPU (CHKCPU.EXE)
CTIA CPU Information 2.7
another CPU information tool
a powerful system information utility
Navratil Software System Information 0.60.38
High-end professional system information tool
PCI and AGP info Tool (0404)
The PCI System information & Exploration tool.
System Analyser 5.3w
View extensive information about your hardware
Find out exactly what is under the hood of your PC
Disk Speed 1.0
Hard Disk Drive Speed Testing Tool
Check your USB Flash memory cards, internal/external hard drives and network drives for errors with this tool
HDD Scan 3.2
HDDScan is a Low-level HDD diagnostic tool, it scans surface find bad sectors etc.
IsMyLcdOK (Monitor Test) 1.02
Allows you to test CRT/LCD/TFT screens for dead pixels and diffective screens
S&M Stress Test 1.9.1
cpu/hdd/memory benchmarking and information tool, including temperatures/fan speeds/voltages
System Speed Test 4.78
it tests CPU, harddrive, ect.
CPU/Video/Disk Performance Test 5.7
a tool to test cpu, video, and disk
Test Hard Disk Drive 1.0
a tool to test Hard Disk Drive
Easy to use hardware tests
The Troubleshooter 7.02
all kind of hardware testing tool
Dial a Fix 0.60.0.24
Fix errors and problems with COM/ActiveX object errors and missing registry entries, Automatic Updates, SSL, HTTPS, and Cryptography service (signing/verification) issues, Reinstall internet explorer etc. comes with the policy scanner
Helpful tool when trying to remove viruses, spyware, and malware
Disable/Enable Installed Codec drivers and DirectShow filters
Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications Removal tool
RRT – Remove Restrictions Tool 3.0
To Re-enable Ctrl+Alt+Del, Folder Options and Registry tools etc.
Shell Extensions Manager (ShellExView) 1.45
An excellent tool to View and Manage all installed Context-menu/Shell extensions
View/Change the list of all menu items in the ‘New’ submenu of Windows Explorer
This PowerToy gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in Windows Xp
Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2.1
A TweakUI Utility for tweaking and optimizing Windows Vista
it tweaks some Windows XP functions, and disables some unneeded Windows services quickly