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Windows 7: Cannot Delete Folders

16 Mar 2011   #1
Docmac217

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Cannot Delete Folders

Just a question I hope someone can answer.
I recently installed my OS on a new hard drive. I then reinstalled all my programs on the new hard drive. After reinstalling all my programs, I deleted the old windows directory/folder from the original hard drive and then all the programs that were still left on it. However, I have been unsuccessful at deleting the 'Adobe\Acrobat 10' and 'Adobe Reader 10.01' folders. I get the message "You need permission to perform this action." "You require permission from SYSTEM to make changes to this folder." I even went to the root directory (H) where these folders reside and set full permissions for Authenticated Users, SYSTEM, Administrators and Users. Still no joy. I continue to get the above messages when trying to delete these two folders. Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance.


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16 Mar 2011   #2
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

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16 Mar 2011   #3
StalkeR

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Right Click on the folder and select Unlocker. On the window that will appear on No Action select Delete and OK. It should be deleted,or it may delete after rebooting your pc.
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16 Mar 2011   #4
WebMattR

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Personally, I think a better solution would be to take ownership of the hard drive's files, since I think that's a true solution to the situation here (plus I'm always leery of third party "just works!" software).

Alternatively: If you've everything you want off the hard drive, then simply format it.
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16 Mar 2011   #5
sordid

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

+1 for reformatting.
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17 Mar 2011   #6
Docmac217

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
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Fantastic! Thanks for the help. + Rep for the awesome assistance!
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25 Mar 2014   #7
too

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Just used Unlocker, deserves a donation for sure
Thanks for the tip!
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