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Strange "System" folder in D drive.

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    magicalclick

    Hello,

    I have this straneg folder I cannot delete in my D drive. I don't install anything on D drive, so I don't know why it is there. And the permission is "System". I cannot remove it using Admin power because I am not "System". The folder is called "ba3a04daa2d13937d8fd62".

    What is that? And how do I remove it? I think it is just a temporary installtion folder.

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    vesuvius

    What software have you installed recently?

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    AndyC

    It'll probably be the result of Windows Update, which has a very annoying habit of using the drive with the most free space available instead of using the system designated temp folder.

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    JoshRoss

    @AndyC: Even worse than that. Windows Update just puts garbage directories in the root of that drive. IMHO, c:\ProgramData\Microsoft would be where that stuff should go.

    -Josh

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    Harlequin

    Are you on Microsofts VPNs at all? I have a guid-like folder on my D; drive as well here at work and it seems to be for the VPN Microsoft Forefront updates.

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    magicalclick

    @AndyC:

    I think that's the case. So how do I deal with it? I even fear it has been completely locked because I did a Image Restore. They might think I am a different system now. Or my current system don't recognize it and never release it.

     

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    cheong

    Usually you can just take ownership then assign full access to yourself to delete it.

    If it has files inside you might not be able to delete it, in that case please post the file names here to determine the nature. (For example, the Windows XPS printer driver has one of these folder left at the root drive. It cannot be deleted unless you shutdown the "print spooler" service first)

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    magicalclick

    Cannot apply the security change, access denied. Arrrggg... I am pretty sure it is a temp folder for updates to protect user from tempering. One of those few places completely locked down my MS. Oh well, if it is gettins in the way, I can always reformat the D drive.

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    ManipUni

    You cannot access the security permissions because you aren't the owner. I'm assuming you're using an administrator account with UAC turned on.

    Right Click -> Properties  -> Security -> Advanced -> Owner -> Edit (UAC) -> Other Users or Groups -> Advanced -> Find Now -> Everyone -> OK -> OK -> OK -> etc

    Once everything is closed...

    Right Click -> Properties -> Security -> Edit -> Add -> Advanced -> Find Now -> Everyone -> Ok -> Full Control -> OK -> OK

    By the way, I wouldn't delete this folder. Makes no sense. You should just turn "Hide Protected Operating System Files" back on. Then it won't bug you any more. You've created the problem you're now trying to solve - nobody should have protected OS files visible.  

    This could be Windows Updates as speculated on above, it could also be system restore, or a number of other services or software. No harm in changing the permissions as I listed above, even just to take a look within. Alternatively just disable UAC, or escalate a command prompt or power shell.

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    davewill

    It is very important to note ManipUni's step "Once everything is closed".  You can't take ownership and change ACLs at the same time.

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    magicalclick

    @ManipUniMaddavewill:

    Oh thank you, I finally did it.

    It is kinda strange because I have to change owner of everything (including subfiles) to owned by myself. And then, that wouldn't work yet. Even though I owened it, it said I need to be me, which I was.

    Then, I have to do the second step adding EVERYONE and apply to all files. After that it works. And the ""Once everything is closed" is very helpful.

    I did have  "Hide Protected Operating System Files" active all the time. I don't know why it is visible.

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