Problem uninstalling/deleting cygwin

Andrew DeFaria
Tue Jan 25 21:50:00 GMT 2005

Neven Luetic wrote:

> Am Dienstag, den 25.01.2005, 11:47 -0800 schrieb Andrew DeFaria:
>> Neven Luetic wrote:
>>> In the meantime I moved the directory away and I am able to install 
>>> a new cygwin and remove it by deleting the directory. However I can 
>>> not get rid of the old directory. Everything inside, that's a real 
>>> file, can be deleted manually by setting the appropriate privileges 
>>> - what remains are just the stale symbolic links and some symbolic 
>>> links to Windows files like /etc/hosts to 
>>> C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\etc\networks.
>> I'm curious. What happens if you open a Windows Explorer and attempt 
>> to delete the top level directory for this renegade Cygwin install?
> It says: "x cannot be deleted. Access denied. Maybe the source file is 
> opened" (maybe this translation from german is bad, but I saw it 
> before, so you'll recognize it).

Does any process have this file opened? Try using Process Explorer from

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