FIX: Unable to Delete Folder in Windows 10, 8.1

Marian Cularea By: Marian Cularea
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Unable to Delete Folder

I know some of our Windows 8 or Windows 10 users are having issues deleting a folder or a specific file within the operating system. You are in luck because the tutorial below will show you how to fix the ‘Unable to delete folder‘ issue and what to do in the future if you have the same issues.
Fix unable to delete folder in WIndows 8 or WINdows 10
First of all, if you are unable to delete a specific folder in Windows 8 or Windows 10, it might be because you don’t have enough administrative privileges on your current user. Or perhaps the file or folder is in use by another application you accidentally left open.

SOLVED: Unable to delete folder in Windows 10

1. Log in as administrator

You will first need to find out if you have enough privileges on your Windows 8 or Windows 10 device to delete a specific folder.

  1. Reboot your Windows 8 or Windows 10 device.
  2. Log in with your administrator account and password.
  3. Go to the directory where the folder is and try to delete it.
  4. If you are prompt by an UAC window you will need to left click on the “OK” button.

2. Close active apps using the folder

Make sure you don’t have an application that uses the folder you are trying to delete.

Example: If you have a movie or music in the folder you are trying to delete and the files are used by a music player or video player then you will not be able to delete that specific folder until you close all the applications that uses those files.

Note: If you closed the applications and you still have the same error message while trying to delete the specific folder then you should reboot your Windows 8 or Windows 10 device and try again.

3. Clean Boot your PC

Try Entering the Safe mode feature in Windows 8 or Windows 10 and try to delete the folder from there.


You might have an application that is present in the startup feature of Windows and by using the safe mode feature your system will start only with the programs necessary for Windows 8 or Windows 10 to run.

4. Additional troubleshooting solutions

In the problem persists, here are some additional workarounds that may help you fix it:

  • Check your antivirus: Sometimes your antivirus software may prevent you from deleting particular files or folders. You can try to temporarily disable it, delete the respective files/ folders and them re-enable your antivirus.
  • Delete the file/folder with Command Prompt: Launch Command Prompt as admin and enter del alongside the location of the folder/file you want to delete, and hit Enter.  Eg: del c:usersMarkDesktoptext.txt).
  • Use Microsoft’s Troubleshooter

For a step-by-step guide, you can check out this post.

There you have it, you don’t really need to be a computer specialist to do the steps above and you can delete your folder in Windows 8 or Windows 10 in just a couple of seconds if you pay attention to the steps above. Please write us below for any questions you may have about this issue and we will help you further in the shortest time possible.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.


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