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Windows 7: Deleting unwanted Vista files from non-system disk

04 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7
Deleting unwanted Vista files from non-system disk

I have a new system where I installed Windows 7 on a SSD drive and am using the HDD that came with the system as a user data drive. I want to delete Vista /Windows, /Program Files, etc, but when I try to delete them, I'm told that I need permission from "TrustedInstaller". Without reformatting the drive, how do I get rid of these old Vista files?

-- Geoff

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04 Oct 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

You need to take ownership of the files... See Brinks tutorial -=> Here
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04 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7

I've actually just done that, but it now says that I require permission from FX6800\Geoff (that's me) to make changes to this folder...
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04 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by geoffschultz View Post
I've actually just done that, but it now says that I require permission from FX6800\Geoff (that's me) to make changes to this folder...
I had the same problems... Do This...

Goto the Security Tab on the folder you wish to modify permissions...

Click the Advanced Tab

Click the "Allow" line which lists your user account. Click Change Permissions.

Click the "Allow" line again. Ensure it says Full Control, and for your user account. Then check the two boxes below...

- Include inheritable permissions from this object's parent
- Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object.

Click Apply, then OK.

This should allow you to nuke any files within that directory (and the directory itself.) Repeat with other directories if necessary.
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04 Oct 2009   #5


when in doubt:
orbit --> cmd (run as admin) --> takeown /? {enter}
This tool allows an administrator to recover access to a file that
was denied by re-assigning file ownership.
Parameter List:
/S system Specifies the remote system to
connect to.
/U [domain\]user Specifies the user context under
which the command should execute.
/P [password] Specifies the password for the
given user context.
Prompts for input if omitted.
/F filename Specifies the filename or directory
name pattern. Wildcard "*" can be used
to specify the pattern. Allows
/A Gives ownership to the administrators
group instead of the current user.
/R Recurse: instructs tool to operate on
files in specified directory and all
/D prompt Default answer used when the current user
does not have the "list folder" permission
on a directory. This occurs while operating
recursively (/R) on sub-directories. Valid
values "Y" to take ownership or "N" to skip.
/? Displays this help message.
NOTE: 1) If /A is not specified, file ownership will be given to the
current logged on user.
2) Mixed patterns using "?" and "*" are not supported.
3) /D is used to suppress the confirmation prompt.
TAKEOWN /F lostfile
TAKEOWN /F \\system\share\lostfile /A
TAKEOWN /F directory /R /D N
TAKEOWN /F directory /R /A
TAKEOWN /F C:\Windows\System32\acme.exe
TAKEOWN /F %windir%\*.txt
TAKEOWN /S system /F MyShare\Acme*.doc
TAKEOWN /S system /U user /F MyShare\foo.dll
TAKEOWN /S system /U domain\user /P password /F share\filename
TAKEOWN /S system /U user /P password /F Doc\Report.doc /A
TAKEOWN /S system /U user /P password /F Myshare\*
TAKEOWN /S system /U user /P password /F Home\Logon /R
TAKEOWN /S system /U user /P password /F Myshare\directory /R /A
(The Official Windows Script Method) from Cmd Prompt
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04 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 build 7100 x86

what you need there is some thermite matey
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04 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7

Cyberwolf: Your solution seemed to solve most of my deletion issues. However, I get the following error:

An error occurred while applying security information to:

D:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\SIGNUP\install.ins

Access is denied.


Never mind, I just went in and applied this to each sub-directory that I was having issues with and was able to delete them one by one.

Thanks, Geoff
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