The most annoying thing about Windows 2000, in my opinion, is the control the Microsoft
attempts to take away from the user
Under the program
files (and winnt
, there are certain sub-directories
will NOT let you delete, such as Netmeeting
, Outlook Express
, and Frontpage
. All of which are non-critical components. I can understand protecting critical os
files, but even then, if I'm the administrator
, I should be able to screw up my system
if I want to!
Fortunately, I have found a couple ways around this file protection:
the dllcache directory
under winnt\sytem32. This is the directory
where all the backup files are stored. When this is deleted, not only does your hard drive
gain 200meg free space, when a "protected" file is changed/deleted, a prompt will come up asking for the win2k cd
. At this point you can simply click cancel to keep the file the way it is.
The drawback to this method is that the directories still exist, even if empty. Also, if you have installed service packs
, not all backup files will be in dllcache, and it can be a pain to find all copies of a particular file.
Alternatively, if you can get access to your hd
through an os
other than win2k (ie. dual-boot
), there is a different method:
2. Boot into the other os, and go to the parent directory of the ones you want to delete (ie. program files or winnt). Delete the offending directory
. Now, create an empty file with the same name as the directory had. Set the attribute
s on this file to be hidden/system/read only. Now reboot into windows 2000, and the directories cannot be recreated, and the only side effect are empty files with the same names.