I have a folder named 'prn' that was created on Windows via a cloud sync service.
I'm no longer a subscriber to the service and have tried to remove the folder.
The name is probably clashing with a Windows reserved term, I guess for the print queue.
A command prompt denies the directory is there
E:\goDropBox\Dropbox>dir prn Directory of \\. File Not Found E:\goDropBox\Dropbox>cd prn The system cannot find the path specified. E:\goDropBox\Dropbox>del prn The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect. E:\goDropBox\Dropbox>
Windows Explorer throws...
An unexpected error is keeping you from deleting the folder. If you continue to receive this error, you can use this error code to search for help with this problem. Error 0x8007010B: The directory name is invalid prn Date created: 03/07/2013
Searching for help on this error message mainly gives advice on Task scheduler, some issues with Windows Updates and Outlook address books.
I've also tried removing after stopping the Print Spooler service - same error.
Anyone any ideas?
Run "python", then at the prompt type:
import os os.listdir(ur'\\?\E:\goDropBox\Dropbox\prn')
\\?\ is Windows magic to tell it not to treat "prn" specially. You must use an absolute path.)
That should print a list of files in that directory. So delete them:
Then delete the diretory:
The above instructions should work with Python 2.x or 3.3+.
(You can also use any programming language you're familiar with, so long as it calls the Unicode versions of the Win32 API calls).
EDITED TO ADD: Or try:
old = u"\\\\?\\E:\\goDropbox\\Dropbox\\prn" new = u"\\\\?\\E:\\goDropbox\\Dropbox\\foo" os.rename(old, new)
(If using python 3, omit the
u before the strings)
User contributions licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0