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Windows 7: Unable to delete certain folders and files, lacking permissions.

24 Jan 2012   #1
Ty Tonus Burman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
 
 
Unable to delete certain folders and files, lacking permissions.

Hey there 7 Forums,

I'm just coming from another post that was solved for me, in the hardware section, this time, with a permissions issue.

I have a hard drive, that has some files from my old windows vista installation (which is now cleared)

These files include things like many coppies of eula.#### and install.res.####.dll and a folder called something like 1-5-21-54243557247-45652742-56645876885 (not exact) that contains within it many sub-folders named things like 1025, 1026, 1027, etc etc.

I've already gotten clearence form the other post to delete these files, but i cant, because when i do, it says i require permissions from 1-5-21-54243557247-45652742-56645876885 to make changes.

All i want, is to learn how to set it up so that my account, Ty, the only one on the computer, has complete and total control over everything, so that i never come up against a permissions issue in the future.

Any help is appreciated,
thank you.


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25 Jan 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hello Ty,

If you didn't want anything on the drive, then you could open a command prompt at boot, then format the drive/partition using steps 1-5 and 8 in OPTION TWO below. Afterwards, your account should have full access. Just make sure that you format the correct drive letter though. They are not always the same at boot as they are in Windows.

Partition or Volume - Create New

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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25 Jan 2012   #3
Ty Tonus Burman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
 
 

Unfortunately Brink, there are things i want to keep on that drive, namely, about 50gb worth of game files. However, i think i will move the files off of the drive onto my external hard drive, and that format it.

Never thought of that myself, thank you for the help.
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25 Jan 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

You're welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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26 Jan 2012   #5
Ty Tonus Burman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
 
 

Seems to have worked fine. Drive is totally empty now. However, i still want to change the security settings so that i always have control.

My account name is Ty, the computer name is Bert, and its the only account on the computer. However, when i go to the security tab under properties, there are 4 different.. options to choose from. What's up with that?

Authenticated Users
SYSTEM
Administrators (Bert\Administrators)
Users (Bert\Users)

I don't even know which one I am =l
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26 Jan 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

That's good news so far.

Formatting the HDD from within your user account should automatically set the permission settings for you to have full access as usual to it. You shouldn't have to manually change anything.
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26 Jan 2012   #7
Ty Tonus Burman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
 
 

It has, and i do have control over things, but i still hate getting those "you need to authorise permission to do ___" popups whenever i want to do something that can potentially affect the computer. Oh well, I'll just wait and see if i come up against any, and il make a post if i need to. Thank you very much for the help. Reputation has been added
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26 Jan 2012   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

You're most welcome Ty.

That's sounds like your are getting the UAC prompt. This is normal, and is considered to be a last line security feature to make sure that anything that tries to run that affect the whole computer will have to get permission from you first before allowed to do so. You could adjust the UAC notification settings to see if that may help.

You could also use the built-in Administrator account instead if you wanted full control and permission of everything on the computer. However, anything that runs while you are logged in to this account will also have full unrestricted access to the computer.
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