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How to remove files from a Windows Mobile device

Posted: Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 by marcus

Anyone who has tried to delete shortcuts or files from a Windows Mobile device, knows the frustration of constant "Access Denied" or "You do not have the necessary permissions" messages. Below is a pretty simple way that I have found to get around these permissions, by using a tool called EnableRAPI.

  1. Download EnableRAPI and extract all files from the zip archive.
  2. Double click on EnableRAPI.bat and leave the DOS window it launches open
  3. Open Folder Options and choose to "Show hidden files and folders" and de-select the "Hide protected operating system files" option.
    On Windows XP, this would be done by launching Windows Explorer and clicking on Tools –> Folder Options and then the View tab.
    On Windows Vista, this would be done by going to Folder Options from the Control Panel and then clicking on the View tab.
  4. Connect your device to your PC using ActiveSync (Windows XP) or Windows Mobile Device Center (Windows Vista).
  5. Browse the device’s file system using the File Manager tool in ActiveSync or Windows Mobile Device Center.
  6. When you have finished making all of your modifications, close the EnableRAPI DOS window.

Please note that I have nothing to do with the creation or support of the EnableRAPI tool, and have included a link to download the file here simply to try and make it easier for someone else to get.

26 Responses to “How to remove files from a Windows Mobile device”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I get an error when i connect my windows mobile device…. “config failed <0x80070005>: Access is denied.” Any ideas? Thanks.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Works great on a Pantech Duo with Windows Mobile 6. Thanks!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I get exactly the same error for my MyPal 696. Any ideas would be nice. Thanks.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Unplug your phone, double click EnableRAPI.bat and then connect it again

  5. Anonymous says:

    >>Unplug your phone, double click EnableRAPI.bat and then connect it again

    Thank you for that hint, but i still get “config failed <0x80070005>: Access is denied.”

  6. Anonymous says:

    When I tried deleting, I get you do not have permission

  7. Anonymous says:

    Is there any chance that this works on Vista? I double click on EnableRAPI.bat and get this message in the DOS window…’Radiconfig.exe’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. Press any key to continue….
    Any Help

  8. Tom says:

    Dan — Yes, I’ve only used it on Vista. The name of the file is rapiconfig.exe — is the file name in your comment a typo, or are you typing the wrong name?

  9. Tom says:

    Bjoern — do you have local admin rights on your computer?

  10. Tom says:

    Todd H — Make sure that you have local admin rights, and that you launch enablerapi before connecting to your phone.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Did anyone get this to work, I tried everything above and it still gives me “no permission” error and in the DOS window, I get the “‘Radiconfig.exe’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. Press any key to continue….”. I do have admin rights on my computer.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Jaz FowCo — the link is still working fine for me.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Does microsoft find it amusing to frustrate people with locking down the os? My phone now has the required memory to operate the camera. Thanks!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Most of these restrictions are not done by Microsoft, but rather are thanks to the hardware provider and/or wireless carrier. If you need/want proof, go compare the new Motorola Q being offered by AT&T with the model at Sprint or Verizon. The differences are night and day — and this is running the same OS that you can find on any HTC device which acts completely differently.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Tom. Your posts are greatly appreciated.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Where the hell do you find rapiconfig.exe? WindowsXP does not have it, Windows Vista does not have it, Windows Server 2003 does not have it, yet I hear it talked about all over Google.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I run radiconfig, I plug in the phone, I get config succeeded in teh dos window, I browse to the folder, I am unable to delete the file. in windows explorer i see the property set to read only, I clear it and try again, still no permission to delete the file. AT&T put some lame media files in there that are taking up megs of space and i can’t get rid of them.

  18. Anonymous says:

    does this work for windows mobile 6.1?

  19. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, worked a treat. I had been trying to add my city for HTC weather (Accuweather) and many other tutorials were confusing, or just plain wrong. This worked in seconds. Many thanks Tom

  20. Anonymous says:

    I had download the zip as in your instruction and followed it closely, I got the config success which write an xml file in my folder, but, still I am unable to delete any file in my \windows folder. I am using Windows Mobile 6

  21. Anonymous says:


    There is a link to download rapiconfig in this blog post.

  22. Anonymous says:


    I would assume that this works with WM6.1, but cannot confirm.

  23. Anonymous says:


    I would suggest that you reset your phone to factory defaults and try again.

  24. Anonymous says:

    got an error : “config failed <0x80070005>: Access is denied.” Few more posts I see in the blog with same error. Anybody found solution?

  25. Anonymous says:

    Still not working on a AT&T branded q9h. WinMobile 6.1

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