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Windows 7: Even the Administrator account can't delete this folder...

31 Oct 2012   #1
newTechie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Even the Administrator account can't delete this folder...

I've searched and tried everything I can for the past two hours and I cannot, for the life of me, get this folder and its sub-folders deleted. The attached picture is "Access is denied" output after the following scenario:

I ran "net user administrator /active:yes" from the elevated cmd

I logged into the newly found admin account and ran: rd /s /q "file location"

As I said before, the attached file is the output after that command executed


Any help would be greatly appreciated!




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31 Oct 2012   #2
Parman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Have you tried to take ownership of the file?
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31 Oct 2012   #3
newTechie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I haven't tried that as of yet. Where can I see how?
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31 Oct 2012   #4
Parman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm sorry I should have specified how to do that & Welcome to the forum.

Right Click on the folder & select properties.
Click on the Security Tab.
Choose Advanced.
Click on the Owner Tab.
Click Edit.
Select User listed or select Other users or groups
Select okay or apply.

If you have to select other users or groups.
Select user or group dialog box opens.
Type in the name of the user or group and click Check Names
Then click okay.

Let me know if that helps.
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31 Oct 2012   #5
newTechie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I was able to successfully change ownership, unfortunately this did not solve my problem. I tried both right-clicking to delete it and using cmd to delete it after changing ownership, but neither worked.
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31 Oct 2012   #6
proudtobegreek

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

May i suggest trying to delete it while on safe mode and if that doesnt work,kill explorer.exe in task manager,delete and reopen explorer under file,new task explorer.exe,ok.
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31 Oct 2012   #7
newTechie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Killing "explorer.exe" did not fix the problem, nor did Safe Mode. I'm starting to wonder what I did to this folder to make it so undelete-able haha
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31 Oct 2012   #8
proudtobegreek

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

can you move the folder to an usb stick and format it?
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31 Oct 2012   #9
newTechie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

It will not let me move the folders to my external hard drive, or any of my 5 USBs
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31 Oct 2012   #10
Parman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Now that your the owner check the permissions of the folder.

Assuming your computer is part of.the administrators group look at that one first make sure you have modify or full contol. Then check through the others to make sure there is no deny permissions set.

I will go into more details when I'm at a pc.
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