EPDM – Cannot Delete Client Vault View!?

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated September 6, 2011


If being logged in as the user or an administrator will not allow you remove the view, the problem could be due to the desktop.ini file missing or having incorrect “AttachedBy” information.

1. Open a command prompt

2.  Navigate to the local vault view (cd c:\<vault>)

3. Type desktop.ini, this will open the desktop.ini file for editing in notepad:

4. Add or update the “AttachedBy” entry and enter your currently logged in windows profile in the syntax of machine name\username.

5.  Save and close the file.

6. Close the command prompt and you should now be able to remove the view without a warning.

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.