David 617 said:
ive had the same problem before. im not sure why it happens.
what i did to delete them is boot into linux and work from there. in linux the pc security 'features' dont apply so you have full access/edit/delete privileges. just make sure that the version u use supports ntfs read/write. i use knoppix for this. you can live boot off a usb and access the host machine to delete locked files.http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html
(just b careful u dont screw up ur win 7. u'll have FULL access to everything, so watch out.)
I just realized there are Windows xp files in with the windows 7. Ugh I hate backup.
I am just going to copy the files I actually need to an external and do a complete reinstall of windows 7.
Wiping everything seems easier.
I have windows 7 OEM, this should be fine to do a clean install on the same harddrive right?