How can I fix my Windows PC with a corrupt Prefetch folder?

Ethan Xavier Alexander Allen December 14, 2012
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Each and every time I turn on my computer, I get this error about the “C/Windows/Prefetch” folder being corrupt. I’ve gone from website to website to get help on how to fix this error. Everybody says I need to delete what’s inside that folder. I can delete the vast majority of everything in that folder with the exception of about 6 files. I get this error saying they’re corrupt and can’t be deleted.

I have tried EVERYTHING I was told to do…

1. Logging in through Safe Mode to delete it…same error.

2. Going through Safe Mode and ran the Check Disk utility…..same error

3. Use CCleaner in Safe Mode to delete…same error (CCleaner TELLS ME it can’t delete those files)

4. Going through command prompt…same error

I have no idea how to fix this, because I can’t delete those freaking files.

Can you PLEASE help me with this? Because resetting my computer is an absolute last resort that I do NOT wanna end up doing.

Thanx in advance.

  1. Ahmed Musani
    December 16, 2012 at 9:08 am

    try reinstalling your operating system.

    • Ethan Xavier Alexander Allen
      January 8, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      I think I'm just gonna reset the entire laptop back to factory settings. I hope that does the trick...because I am sick of seeing this error every time I boot up, or plug in my external hard drives.

      Thanx for all the suggestions though.

  2. Ahamed Yaseen
    December 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    try this normal mode or safe mode...

    1) Go to start and type prefetch in textbox.

    2) Click ctrl+A, Then delete...

  3. Alan Wade
    December 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Or just take ownership of the files manually and delete them one by one. Which ever method you try, do it in 'Safe Mode'.

  4. Duy Nguyen Minh
    December 14, 2012 at 8:17 am

    You must reinstall the OS. os miss error.

  5. Paul Pruitt
    December 14, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Also try Gibin Software MoveOnBoot: It's part of the file utilities.

  6. Paul Pruitt
    December 14, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Try this program: Sounds like the disk has bad sectors where the files are located, so the program probably won't help.

    Also this video,, reports that running "sfc /scannow" from the command line will remove corrupted files with bad sectors, although the command choked this evening on a machine I'm fixing that is missing many crucial Windows files.

  7. Jim Chambers
    December 14, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Boot from a live (self booting) DVD or flash drive and delete the files or boot from Win 7 DVD go into repair computer/advanced settings/command prompt. Delete them from there. Many live disk.iso files available for download on internet that can be burned on DVD or flash drive.

  8. Qin Tang
    December 14, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Maybe you should upgrade your OS, or you have to re-install the OS.

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