File deletion

  guesswho2 14:46 01 Feb 2011
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Im just getting used to a new computer on XP Pro which has 2 hard drives. Drive C has Windows and all the programs and drive D I want to use just for backup and archives. I note that this drive already has a couple of folders (about 20MB and 40MB) which seem to have lots of what maybe windows files, but dated back in January 2010 - I only got the computer last November!
Windows won't let me delete those files - access denied or file in use warnings.
Could someone explain how to delete them since I don't understand how they can be anything to do with me.

  Seth Haniel 14:55 01 Feb 2011

could be setup as a recovery disk and fi;es may be needed for that?
are there any names on hte folders?

  northumbria61 15:38 01 Feb 2011

They could be "system files" - you can check "hidden files and folders" - see here click here

  northumbria61 15:41 01 Feb 2011

You will also have the option to change whether you want to "show" or "hide" files and folders.

  guesswho2 09:03 02 Feb 2011

I searched around the Microsoft support sites and eventually solved the problem.

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