I make use of a Raspberry Pi running Kodi (OpenELEC) media centre which has access to various share folders from my main PC running Windows 10. Recently I’ve moved a lot of data from one hard drive (drive :D) to another (drive :I), after which I deleted the empty Movies share from Windows. Then, when I wanted to remove the empty share from OpenELEC I was unable to do so.
It seems that after moving the information in Movies to another drive and deleting the share folder thereafter, I created a dead share. Even though the Movies folder had been deleted from Windows, when I tried to share the information again using the same name (Movies) on another drive (drive :I), Windows renamed it to Movies2 and stated that there is already a share of the same name residing on drive :D.
Needless to say this was incredibly frustrating, thankfully though after several attempts at correcting the problem I was able to find a solution.
Open regedit and navigate to the below path, once in shares, locate the dead share folder and delete the entry.
After deleting the registry entry, the dead share no longer showed on OpenELEC and I was able to freely re-create the share on drive :I in Windows.