Unable to delete file folder


Ed McCauley

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While attempting to install Win 11 and Ubuntu as a DualBoot, I noticed I have a file named "Linux" with a subfolder named "Ubuntu." See attachment. Presumably, this is from the incomplete Ubuntu install. I'm ready to attempt another install of Ubuntu, so I want to remove anything left from the original install attempts.

Right Clicking on the folder produces a menu with no "delete" option; properties "not available"; and that's about it for options. Some off the files can be deleted by pressing the Delete key, but most report that I need Admin Privileges and refuses to delete. The files do not appear in SafeMode. I tried a COMMAND PROMPT w admin privileges but unsurprisingly, the files are not visible.

I've never had any luck with the "Privileges" in Windows. I think I have the max set, but I am still denied performing certain operations ...

Any help is of course GREATLY appreciated.

Tom
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
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    Dell/Precision 351
    CPU
    Intel i7 2.60Ghz
    Memory
    16GB
Win Ver: 22H2 Laptop

While attempting to install Win 11 and Ubuntu as a DualBoot, I noticed I have a file named "Linux" with a subfolder named "Ubuntu." See attachment. Presumably, this is from the incomplete Ubuntu install. I'm ready to attempt another install of Ubuntu, so I want to remove anything left from the original install attempts.

Right Clicking on the folder produces a menu with no "delete" option; properties "not available"; and that's about it for options. Some off the files can be deleted by pressing the Delete key, but most report that I need Admin Privileges and refuses to delete. The files do not appear in SafeMode. I tried a COMMAND PROMPT w admin privileges but unsurprisingly, the files are not visible.

I've never had any luck with the "Privileges" in Windows. I think I have the max set, but I am still denied performing certain operations ...

Any help is of course GREATLY appreciated.

Tom
What you have is an installation of Windows Subsystem for Linux with Ubuntu.
Go to Settings/Apps/installed Apps and uninstall from there. (screenshots below)
This is not a failed installation, it is a headless version of Ubuntu, so no GUI, -only the terminal-.
If you want Ubuntu GNU-Linux, you can get it via HyperV and run it as a VM.


The dual boot is another option but requires some care while installing.




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Thanks OAT.

The Ubuntu folder is gone, but the now empty Linux folder is still there. It won't hurt anything, but I'd like to get rid of it.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro
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    Laptop
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    Dell/Precision 351
    CPU
    Intel i7 2.60Ghz
    Memory
    16GB
Thanks OAT.

The Ubuntu folder is gone, but the now empty Linux folder is still there. It won't hurt anything, but I'd like to get rid of it.
Did you uninstall the Windows Subsystem for Linux as per screenshots above?
Ubuntu alone is not enough.
Please restart your system when done.
 

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    Win11 All /Debian/Arch
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. TUF Gaming FX705GM
    CPU
    2.20 gigahertz Intel i7-8750H Hyper-threaded 12 cores
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. FX705GM 1.0
    Memory
    24428 Megabytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 630 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) Display Audio / Realtek(R) Audio
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    Integrated Monitor (17.3"vis)
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    FHD 1920X1080 16:9
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    2 SSD SATA/NVM Express 1.3
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    19V DC 6.32 A 120 W
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    Browser
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    ASUS X751BP
    CPU
    AMD Dual Core A6-9220
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    8 GB
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    AMD Radeon R5 M420
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3
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    1TB 5400RPM
Did you uninstall the Windows Subsystem for Linux as per screenshots above?
Ubuntu alone is not enough.
Please restart your system when done.
I only had the Windows Subsystems for Linux files - none of the other that you showed. I know what all the remaining installed apps are, and none could be any kind of Linux.

I did reboot the computer afterwards.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
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    Laptop
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    Dell/Precision 351
    CPU
    Intel i7 2.60Ghz
    Memory
    16GB
I only had the Windows Subsystems for Linux files - none of the other that you showed. I know what all the remaining installed apps are, and none could be any kind of Linux.

I did reboot the computer afterwards.
I went thru the uninstall/reinstall, you need to unclick as below:

Screenshot 2024-02-21 151004.jpg

So, you are done. The above screenshots included showed other unrelated Apps, that should have been obvious. Sorry if it was not.
Best of luck.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 All /Debian/Arch
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. TUF Gaming FX705GM
    CPU
    2.20 gigahertz Intel i7-8750H Hyper-threaded 12 cores
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. FX705GM 1.0
    Memory
    24428 Megabytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 630 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) Display Audio / Realtek(R) Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Integrated Monitor (17.3"vis)
    Screen Resolution
    FHD 1920X1080 16:9
    Hard Drives
    2 SSD SATA/NVM Express 1.3
    WDS500G2B0A-00SM50 500.1 GB
    WDCSDAPNUW-1002 256 GB
    PSU
    19V DC 6.32 A 120 W
    Cooling
    Dual Fans
    Mouse
    MS Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    Fiber 1GB Cox -us & ADSL Bouygues -fr
    Browser
    Edge Canary- Firefox Nightly
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    VMs of Windows 11 stable/Beta/Dev/Canary
    VM of XeroLinux- Arch based & Debian 12
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Insider Canary
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS X751BP
    CPU
    AMD Dual Core A6-9220
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R5 M420
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3
    Screen Resolution
    1600X900 16:9
    Hard Drives
    1TB 5400RPM

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