Access Denied When Removing Item

This topic contains 4 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  Chris Ediger 2 years ago.

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  • #40183

    Chris Ediger

    Writing a little script to uninstall Winvnc. My script is supposed to remove the C:\VNC folder but I keep getting :

    cannot remove item c:\vnc\winvnc.exe: Access to the path 'winvnc.exe' is denied.

    The odd part is that when I step through the lines manually it works with no errors. Is there something different about the way scripts are run vs how they are run manually?

    Here is my script:

    if ((Get-Process).ProcessName -eq "winvnc")
    Stop-Service uvnc_service
    c:\vnc\winvnc.exe -uninstall
    Remove-Item c:\vnc\ -Recurse -Force

  • #40188

    Don Jones

    It's possible that the uninstaller just isn't getting enough time to complete before moving on to deletion. Try tossing a Start-Sleep in between those two and give it some time to finish.

    • #40193

      Chris Ediger

      Yep, that did it.
      I had tried putting Start-Sleep after stop-Service.


  • #40208

    Don Jones

    I suspect Stop-Service is running fairly quickly and synchronously. I think the uninstall is what takes time, and it may be running asynchronously. So would Start-Sleep, after the uninstall and before the deletion, be something to try?

  • #40213

    Chris Ediger

    I realized what you were saying as I submitted that post. I edited it but not in time.

    Yes, that did the trick nicely. I had it pause for 1 second and no error.

    Thanks again!!

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