DelinvFile - Delete Invalid Files and Folders

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Utility for Deleting Invalid Files

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DelinvFile 5.01 supports VISTA, Win-7 and Win-8[32 & 64 bit] 


The price for the single-user license for DelinvFile is $31.95 (USD).


 

Beginning with version 5.01, DelinvFile includes UniCode logic to enable processing of file and folder names containing characters from other languages and includes "Bulk Delete", "Multi-select" and a new method for displaying error messages.


Even though DelinvFile may not have handled your invalid files in the past, give the new version a try.


 

Windows allows the creation of file names and folder names that can not be deleted or renamed via Windows Explorer.  This includes names with invalid characters and names that are too long.

The current version of DelinvFile includes a function to scan for invalid names and too-long names.

 

DelinvFile has been converted to a limited trial. However, this includes the capability for testing to verify that the program can access and process your problem files and folders.

 

With this change, registration now includes a 30-day money-back guarantee to accommodate the situation in which DelinvFile fails to delete your problem files.  DelinvFile has a function for reporting such a problem when requesting a refund.



Some windows functions allow creation of folder paths such that the combined path + filename lengths exceed the maximum permitted length.  The current limit is 260 characters.  In other words, windows can create names that are too long for the standard Windows Explorer to delete.  The scan function also attempts to identify file and folder names with invalid characters which would make them un-removable via Windows Explorer. 


 

NOTE - DelinvFile does not delete or rename in-use (Locked) files.  However, DelinvFile does provide functions for deleting or renaming files and folders at the next Boot.


 

Too many invalid names to handle manually?  

Have thousands of files to import to SharePoint?

See SharePrep below for renaming and truncation of names.


 

This page describes "DelinvFile.exe" which is a Utility that you can use to delete data files that you have not been able to delete using the normal Windows Delete function.  You could use the phrase 'delete undeletable files' to describe the program.

Most file delete problems can be overcome by using a DOS or Command window to:

  1.  Execute a Delete command referencing the Short FileName or

  2.  Execute a Delete command for the UNC form of the FileName.

However, it is quite difficult to manually enter a lengthy filename without error.  Most of the relatively new computer users are not comfortable using DOS commands.  

The current version of DelinvFile is 5.01.

DelinvFile supports Windows  VISTA,
 Win-7 and Win-8
 [32 & 64 bit] systems


Beginning with version 3.01, DelinvFile includes a function to scanning for invalid names (file or folder) and too-long names.

 

DelinvFile was converted to a commercial version with the release of version 2.01.


Site Licenses or Multiple-use Licenses for businesses are also available upon request via the vendor.  An additional 25% discount is available for Site Licenses for educational institutions, public libraries and government facilities.   [Request Quote]


Note - the Short Filenames are the shortened version of Long Filenames that are created to fit the 8.3 format.  That is, the name is only 8 characters and the extension is only 3 characters.  The system maintains both in its directory structure.

UNC is an acronym for Universal Naming Convention.  By example, the Filename "C:\temp\test.doc" would be represented by "\\?\C:\temp\test.doc".


"DelinvFile.exe" is a Windows program that provides a convenient User Interface for selecting the file that you need to delete and provides for a choice of two delete methods.

You use the standard controls for Drives, Folders, and Files to navigate to the Folder and Select the file to be deleted.

Note that Filenames are displayed in both forms - Short Filename and Long Filename as a convenience for the user.  

Once a Filename is selected (highlighted), you can click the Delete button to try to delete the file.

 

The current version of DelinvFile combines both the ShortName functions with the UNC functions.  That is, for Delete, a Delete via ShortName is tried.  Should that fail, a Delete via UNC name is tried.

 

Similarly, for Rename, a Rename via ShortName is tried and a Rename via UNC name is tried if necessary.


    Announcement - "SharePrep" released for Sharepoint

SharePrep is a utility program for SharePoint administrators to correct file and folder names in preparation for importing data into Microsoft's SharePoint or to Microsoft's OneDrive for Business.

The file and folder names within SharePoint and OneDrive have more restrictions than for normal Windows operation.


SharePrep
has scan, rename and truncation functions to assist in the preparation project.  Abbreviation of common words in file names is supported.

 

See - http://www.purgeie.com/shareprep for details.

SharePrep is not just for SharePoint.  Some are using SharePrep to bulk rename files and folders.


 

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