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Windows 7: Folder deletion problems

29 Mar 2011   #1

Ubuntu and Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Folder deletion problems

Hi everyone,
I wanna start with "i rarely use forums cause I am lazy n all, but this problem has been testing the limits of my patience so much that I think i am finally fed up with it"

Now, to the point:

While trying to delete a folder(don't remember about files..) I occasionally get shown "the middle finger" - a message saying that I need permission from "administrators" to delete this (my account is an administrator -_-). Changing ownership to "alex", my account, just changes the message accordingly, that I(alex) need permission from alex(myself) to delete this.

[IMG]http://s1.**************/1giza7zlw/annoying.jpg[/IMG]

This seem to happen on a random basis, in any location.. be it my Downloads folder, c:\, program files or Windows. Once an attempt to delete something fails like this, it usually becomes deletable a minute later, which is just weird.

There is another way I get denied deleting whatever it is I need to get rid of - no more polite than the previous one. Again, seemingly randomly, I get shown a message saying this folder/file can't be deleted as its being used by some process.
And no, it doesn't seem like there's anything using it. In fact, I got an Unlocker tool sometime ago and tried to "unlock" a folder/file that was "being used" - it said it couldn't unlock the file/folder cause it was still being locked by "System" process, try again later.(something like that). Like with the previous case, giving it a few minute rest solves the problem.

Anyone else suffering from this ? Any luck finding a cure?

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29 Mar 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Lunar, and welcome to Seven Forums.

When you have taking ownership of the item, you may still need to Allow your user account Full Control of the item before you will have full permission (click on link) to access it, to be able to modify, or delete it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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29 Mar 2011   #3

Ubuntu and Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the reply. I can't really test it anytime I wish .. like i said, it happens randomly on random folders.... but I am pretty sure I tried setting ownership AND setting all permissions.

for example, I once unzipped some folder on the desktop .... couldn't delete it, until few minutes later. Tried to reproduce the problem - extracted the folder again, but this time I could delete it straight away.
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29 Mar 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Strange. If it happens again and you can't delete it after taking ownership and setting permissions, then the free program Unlocker may be able to allow you to instead.
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29 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Try Unlocker .
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Ups,Brink was faster.
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29 Mar 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

LOL.
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29 Mar 2011   #7

Ubuntu and Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I used a different unlocker before,like i said, don't remember which though...
Took some time to get the bug to appear, then i used the unlocker and tried to unlock it ... it just said it couldn't unlock it cause it was "still being locked" and to "try again later".. oh, and that "system" was locking it....

this doesn't really solve the root problem, even if another one worked, its still a pain having to resort to using it....umm
is there by any chance any registry tweak or anything that would let me do as i please, with no questions asked?.. like, if i wanna delete Windows folder, i mean it :P.. or to completely nullify vista/seven's security/permissions/ownership system.. always hated it T_T

thanks inanycase
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29 Mar 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

It really depends on what folder you wanted to delete and if anything in the folder is currently in use (opened or running) or not.

For example, system folders like C:\Windows are protected by Windows 7. Plus, you shouldn't be trying to delete them anyways unless you wanted to possible have to reinstall Windows 7 afterwards.

Other folders like "C:\Users\User-Name\My Documents" with the shortcut arrow on it, are not actually folders but junction points (mlink) for backwards compatibility. These are also protected system files.
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30 Mar 2011   #9

Ubuntu and Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, its obvious that something being currently used, can't be deleted without closing the process using it. But why does my "System" lock/use random folders, like folders left after i've uninstalled something for example.

mmmm, anyway to turn off or manipulate the whole "file locking" feature in Windows7?
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30 Mar 2011   #10

Ubuntu and Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks, but my account "alex" is already a member of "Administrator".
Checking some folder security settings, i noticed there are other groups like "SYSTEM, TrusterInstaller and CREATOR OWNER". But when adding them, they don't seem to be recognized.... ;/

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