Past few times after installing PHPBB forum for some websites, we were getting the warning message. Though I am not sure of the reason of this message but the solution is pretty simple, so decided to share it

Please delete, move or rename the install directory before you use your board. If this directory is still present, only the Administration control Panel (ACP) will be accessible. 

PHPBB Board error reuqesting deletion of Install Directory


As the message suggest the solution is precisely the same.

1) Access your website via FTP, if you are unaware how to do that then you can ask your webhost (Godaddy,Bluehost,SiteGround etc) about the procedure to FTP into your site

2) Browse to the directory where you have installed your Forum, see the screenshot below

Accessing Install Directory PHPBB install Directory in this case called Forum

Accessing Install Directory PHPBB install Directory in this case called Forum

3) Rename the folder named Install to Installold, though the message suggests to delete the folder but renaming is also same as delete and if my 10 year experience has thought me one thing than never delete data unless absolutely necessary

Renamed Install directory to Installold

Renamed Install directory to Installold

4) You should be able to access your PHPBB board now.

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