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Windows 7: Cannot delete a folder due to permissions

22 Jul 2014   #1
thefollower

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 
Cannot delete a folder due to permissions

Hey

I have a folder that apparently i do not have permission to. And yet i also cannot change the owner either so it is impossible to delete...



What can i do at this point? Here is some screenshots of the issue!

Please help!




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22 Jul 2014   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

I usually use a live Linux DVD when I run into problems like this. Lots available.

Ubuntu, Linux Mint or Linux Mint Cinnamon, Puppy Linux, many others.

Pick any, download the iso, create a bootable DVD, boot it then uses it's file system browser to find and delete the file/folder you want to remove. Normally you do this by right clicking on the file/folder and selecting Delete then Permanently delete.
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22 Jul 2014   #3
thefollower

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Wait i have to install another OS just to delete it ?
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22 Jul 2014   #4
Halbfin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

You don't have to install the OS. A Live CD or DVD (or USB key) means it's bootable. You can install it if you want (I like having a Linux build in addition to Windows), but you can run everything and alter files and even install programs during that boot session. Once you shut the computer down, though, any personalization you've done is wiped, as are any files you saved in that partition (unless you then install it).

From here on out I'll talk about Ubuntu, since that's the Linux build I can give the best instructions for.

While you're working in Ubuntu, your Windows file system will appear as a mountable drive. The title varies depending on the computer, but once you're inside it looks just like when you're looking at C:\ in Windows Explorer. So go to that drive, and the Origin Games folder should be right there. You can then navigate in and delete the file, then reboot your system (without the disc/key in!) to Windows.

In the link above you'll find the latest Ubuntu build for desktop, and instructions on making a bootable disc or USB key if you don't already know how. If your computer is having trouble booting to Ubuntu, check the boot order in your BIOS settings. Once on a certain computer I had to make the default booting from the disc, which I was able to switch back once I was done.

Note: Some systems make it physically difficult to use Linux.
I don't know what's in your custom build, but a laptop I purchased (with Windows 8) freaks the heck out when I try to boot to Ubuntu after having installed it. Apparently this is a hardware issue. Most computers shouldn't have a problem, but this is one way Microsoft can use to try to clamp down on its market share. At the moment it's rare AFAIK, but it does happen.
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22 Jul 2014   #5
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
I usually use a live Linux DVD when I run into problems like this. Lots available.
Me too.

When Windows has become corrupted/unbootable, a Live Linux Distro is super handy for for salvaging files (or obliterating files that Windows won't).

If your HDD/SSD fails, you can still use your PC, as long as your optical drive and/or USB ports work.

I have a spare desktop with no HDD and an ancient motherboard, that I used for a week with a Live Ubuntu CD, when my PC's motherboard died (several years ago).

Just a few weeks ago I used a Live Linux Distro, on an external HDD, to set up the new SSD in a laptop.
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23 Jul 2014   #6
Steve985

Win 7 HP 64bit
 
 

While agreeing with the comments above, I use too linux all the time to repair / sort out windows problems, it is like taking a sledge hammer to crack a nut. Google "Take Ownership", (without quotes), install and you should then have the ability to own all files and folders on your machine.
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23 Jul 2014   #7
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Steve985 View Post
While agreeing with the comments above, I use too linux all the time to repair / sort out windows problems, it is like taking a sledge hammer to crack a nut. Google "Take Ownership", (without quotes), install and you should then have the ability to own all files and folders on your machine.
According to the OP that doesn't work (he included several screenshots).

Also, messing around with Windows permissions can result in disaster (especially if you are not familiar with the pitfalls).
Hacking a non-system file out of Windows using Linux is much safer.
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23 Jul 2014   #8
Steve985

Win 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Apologies didn't see screenshots, very difficult on small screen, (phone at work - slow period), it is however very unusual for that hack not to sort out permissions. The OP could also try taking ownership via the command line. Enter takeown /? or icacls /? into a command prompt for options. If using use an elevated command prompt.
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23 Jul 2014   #9
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Steve985 View Post
Apologies didn't see screenshots, very difficult on small screen, (phone at work - slow period), it is however very unusual for that hack not to sort out permissions. The OP could also try taking ownership via the command line. Enter takeown /? or icacls /? into a command prompt for options. If using use an elevated command prompt.
I hadn't heard of takeown before.

However I personally recommend that icacls be avoided by anyone who:
  • Doesn't have at least one backup system image
  • Isn't a Windows expert
I played around with icacls for a short time (when the W7 Betas were available).
It didn't behave the way I was expecting.

On my PC, if I am unable to perform some operation in the GUI, ~50% of the time it won't work from the Elevated Command Prompt either.
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23 Jul 2014   #10
thefollower

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

I booted in to safe mode and deleted it - worked fine!
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