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Windows 7: Can't delete files or change ownership

24 Oct 2012   #1
kreutz

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 
Can't delete files or change ownership

I just installed Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit on two machines, and then Firefox 16.0.1 on each. Trying to replace the password files in my new Firefox profile, I found that many of these folders and files (in User\me\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla) cannot be deleted, nor can their ownership be changed. They belong to me already, and I'm an administrator with Full Control.

I've tried 72 tricks, including Emco UnLockIt 3.0.3, Unlocker 1.9.1, Take Ownership registry keys, takeown (from the command line), etc. Nothing works. I can't move them, delete them or anything. Nor can Mozbackup create a backup profile (it can't write the backup).

Why does Firefox create these weird locked files and folders? Why doesn't Windows 7 allow me to take control of them?

I'd greatly appreciate any help.

Tom


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24 Oct 2012   #2
dfs4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Have you tried restarting? That usually takes care of undeletable stuff for me.
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24 Oct 2012   #3
kreutz

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Unfortunately, rebooting does not help. Thanks anyway...
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25 Oct 2012   #4
dfs4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

I don't think it is locked file by firefox, the problem might be with your os.
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25 Oct 2012   #5
kreutz

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Yes. But I'm confused because both machines are literally 1 day old(!), with only Office 2003, Dropbox and Thunderbird installed. Literally, brand new and almost bare...and the behavior shows up on both machines. Weird...
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25 Oct 2012   #6
chris1neji

Windows 8 64 bit PRO
 
 

I am going to assume that you have attempted to take or add access permission. Assumptions are bad though? Can you confirm ? Besides using software that i have no experience with, what have you done? Can you please tell me what regisrty modifications you have attempted.

Normally this would be an easy fix, Take Ownership of a File or Folder did you try to take ownership of folder within folder properties? if not try to.
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25 Oct 2012   #7
kreutz

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chris1neji View Post
I am going to assume that you have attempted to take or add access permission. Assumptions are bad though? Can you confirm ? Besides using software that i have no experience with, what have you done? Can you please tell me what regisrty modifications you have attempted.

Normally this would be an easy fix, Take Ownership of a File or Folder did you try to take ownership of folder within folder properties? if not try to.
Yes, I tried (many times!) the usual routine of taking ownership, to no avail. The registry modifications were not mine, so I won't detail them. I just followed up tip after tip after tip...

The only successful idea is to manipulate the folders and files in Safe Mode, which works for me!

Thanks for your help,

Tom
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25 Oct 2012   #8
beret21

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

try IObit unlocker ? ? ( for me its the best in such cases )
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