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  1. Renaat Moerman
    March 14, 2019 @ 11:08 am

    Super instructions. I had a Sync folder stuck. I could remove it with the elevated command line instructions.


  2. Kayode
    May 17, 2019 @ 4:51 pm

    Thanks a lot. It deleted after chkdsk finished it's own work


  3. Jurom
    June 6, 2019 @ 3:07 am

    Method 3 works best! Thank you.


  4. Akshay
    June 20, 2019 @ 9:51 am

    I had tried every solution for this problem before i came across method 3, and finally it worked for me. Thank you so much!!!


  5. Zameel
    June 30, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    There is a very easy method, if you have installed winrar:
    Follow the steps:
    1. Add to archive…
    2. Select Archive method as ZIP
    3. In Archiving options tick: Delete files after archiving and OK
    Now the folder should be deleted and later you can delete the archive one.


    • Ian
      November 23, 2019 @ 7:12 pm

      I tried all of the above suggestions, but only Zameel's winrar option worked for me:

      I first manually deleted everything from the recycling bin that Windows 10 could see, so I could work out where the problem was.
      Windows showed the recycling bin as empty.
      Dos could see a file hierarchy, but it showed the 2 bottom folders as empty, even though it said they weren't empty when I tried to use RD to delete the folders.
      Winrar could see the files in those folders, but the 'delete' option on the winrar ribbon failed.
      I then followed Zameel's instructions and the files were deleted from the folders.
      I then used Dos and Winrar to delete the folders (I deleted one folder via each to check both methods worked)

      Many thanks, Zameel – I can now empty the recycling bin via the normal right-click method!

      PS It shouldn't make any difference, but for info, I have 3 hard drives on my PC (C, D and J) and the corruption was in the recycling bin on the D drive.


    • Sir Junior
      April 25, 2020 @ 7:48 pm

      This worked for me, but with 7zip!!!
      I tried everything else. CHCKDSK, multiple command prompt instructions, the ownership stuff, renaming, placing inside of another file. NOTHING!

      This seems so simple but it worked. THANK YOU SO MUCH!


    • Patrick Jay
      July 10, 2023 @ 4:04 pm

      I've tried almost every method found and the only one that worked is using zameel's method. but I used 7zip instead of winrar. If you are one of those experiencing the undeletable folder or file issue, don't take the method of using winrar or 7zip as a joke, it's more powerful than cmd or powershell with admin right (I tried both, both didn't work) so give it a try. It's easier and safer than using cmd or powershell and it works.


  6. Ahazuerus
    December 25, 2019 @ 3:56 pm

    The third method was a great success , thanks !!


  7. wilson N J
    August 21, 2020 @ 10:01 am

    Awesome..It worked for me.


  8. ozzy
    May 2, 2022 @ 8:17 pm

    if are you not solve problem already please use this way.

    please disable bitlocker if is activated already
    disable secure boot in bios if its enabled already
    download live linux and install it usb with rufus (
    boot with usb,
    it will ask you try or install ubuntu (SELECT TRY)
    after desktop you will see your HDD left side on screen
    and simply delete files.

    not: if your hdd is not AHCI mode. linux will not see disks please set it AHCI mode in bios.
    after delete file. set it to back SATA mode…. because won't boot


  9. Richard Black
    June 1, 2022 @ 4:31 pm

    I follow this web content . I use LongPathTool. That's amazing.


  10. Tina C.
    January 4, 2023 @ 5:46 pm

    I tried this but I'm running into an issue in which my OneDrive is my desktop in Windows 10. There are folders here that apparently got corrupted and I can't find any online method that allows me to delete them.

    The error is: "The tag present in the reparse point buffer is invalid."

    I've done a Google search on this phrase and have tried all the options and suggestions, and none of them have worked. Help!


    • Lakonst2013
      January 5, 2023 @ 2:55 pm

      Try the following:
      1. Pause OneDrive sync.
      2. Go to OneDrive online and delete the folders from there if you don't want them. Otherwise download them to another location on your disk and then delete them from OneDrive online.
      3. Restart the PC in Safe Mode and Delete the folders from the local disk.
      4. Restart your PC normally.


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