Delete System32 Drive Files: If you’re wondering whether or not System32 is a virus. Well, then let me tell you it’s not a virus. In fact, without a System32 folder, your Windows PC cannot function. AT ALL!
However, if you know what you’re doing and still want to take the step then in this article I’ll show you the exact methods on how to delete System 32 from your system permanently.
System32 files are located in the (C:) drive on your PC. Following is the path to reach the folder: C:\Windows\System32 or C:\Winnt\system32.
What is System32?
The system32 folder is a heart of your OS. It’s where all your data and backup files are stored. Moreover, there are certain backend libraries as well for the OS to function. Sadly, if you delete the entire folder, you won’t be able to use your computer again.
What Happens if You Delete the System32 Folder on Your Windows 10 PC?
As I mentioned, you are already at risk if you plan to delete the System32 folder. Once you delete the folder, your computer will stop working. Only do this action at your own risk. However, if you know what you are doing and have sufficient knowledge about technical things you can take this step.
NOTE: Don’t try to delete it if your friend just told you in the morning to do it to make your PC load fast.
How to Delete System32 Folder?
If you’re still reading, it means that you have made up your mind to delete the System32 folder. The methods shown below are just for informational purposes TricksDrop is not solely responsible if anything goes wrong from your end.
Method 1: Get the Ownership & Delete
If you’re an administrator of your PC, you can perform this method. If not you first need to get the admin rights.
Step 1: Head over to the Start icon and in the search bar type in CMD.
Step 2: Now you need to take the ownership of the System32 folder. For that type in this command takeown /f C:\Windows\System32 in CMD and hit the Enter button.
Step 3: Next to delete the System32 folder type in cacls C:\Windows\System32 command and hit Enter.
Step 4: Finally close the CMD window and any other active running windows.
Step 5: Now go to My PC and click on the C:\ Drive.
Step 6: Now as you have the admin access search for System32 and delete the folder.
Method 2: Batch File
Step 1: First off, open Notepad and create a new document.
Step 2: Now type cd in a new document.
Step 3: Go to the file which you want to delete and right-click on it and click on Properties.
Step 4: In Properties search for Location and copy the file path.
Step 5: Once copied go back to Notepad and paste the path location after cd “C:\Windows\Users\System32\tricksdrop.txt.”
Step 6: Now hit Enter and go to the next line and type in del.
Step 7: After del keeping one space type the filename which you want to delete. In our case it’s tricksdrop.txt.
Step 8: Now save the file. While saving the file in the Save as type keep it “All Files.”
Step 9: While naming the file to keep the .bat extension. For instance, tricksdrop.bat
Step 10: Finally save the file
Step 11: Lastly, locate the file and double-click the batch (.bat) file to delete the System32 files.
Method 3: Use TrustedInstaller for Protected Files
When you directly try to delete the System32 folder Windows restricts you from doing it.
You get the following message:
“You need authorization from TrustedInstaller to perform this action, or You do not have permission to perform this action.”
If that’s the case follow the steps given below:
Step 1: Go to My PC and browse through C:\ Drive.
Step 2: Locate the System32 folder and right-click on it to open up Properties.
Step 3: Next up click on Security -> Advanced.
Step 4: In here, click on the owner tab, you’ll witness TrustedInstaller as the owner of the computer.
Step 5: Change the owner to your account or the admin account.
Step 6: If you plan to delete more than one file or folder check off “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects.”
Step 7: Once done, close all your current windows and now again follow Step 1 and 2.
Step 8: Once you are back in Properties go to Security -> Advanced -> Edit.
Step 9: Now click on the user name which you selected previously. If the user name is not in the list click on “Add” type in the name and click OK.
Step 10: Finally, in the “Permissions for Administrators” click on “Full Control” and click OK.
Step 11: As you have the full owner access of the system you can now delete single and multiple files/folders without getting any warning messages from TrustedInstaller.
Guys System32 isn’t any virus. If you’re in a notion that it’s a virus and for that reason, you’re deleting it, you’ll only have to regret later. Take your decisions carefully as this step might break your OS completely.
I hope this post helped you understand how to delete System 32 folder from Windows 10,8,7 and XP. If you have any further doubts for us to cover, please do leave a comment down below and let us know.
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