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Windows 7: Can't delete folder - access denied

14 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
Can't delete folder - access denied


I have a small issue concerning deleting folder. Here's situation:

I had a folder that I wanted to delete. I used shift+del combo for instant deletion, but than issue occured. Basicly, folder stayed, yet files deleted themselves. And when I try to delete the folder, it says I need administrator privilegies, which after clicking yes it says I don't have, eventhough I'm the only user on computer and my account is set up under administrator.
I can't even open folder, since I get error message as followed:

E:\Directory (name of directory I want to delete) is not accessible.

Access is denied.

I checked forums around, some people are saying just to make another identical folder and Windows will interpret them as 2 diff folders, but it didn't work for me.

Any suggestions?:P

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14 May 2011   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64

Hello there. You should try to delete it with Unlocker. But first follow this tutorial to Take Ownership to that folder.
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14 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional 32bit

Thank you very much. WOrked like a charm
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14 May 2011   #4

Windows 10 Pro x64

You're welcome!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7, 64 bit home basic

It works with me 2, thanx
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29 Apr 2014   #6

64 bit Win7

I also was having the same problem and went through the taking rights of folder, etc. The folder (C:\example) would not share either.

Strangely the next day when I came back to the computer the folder was deleted and another experimental folder was sharing which it wouldn't do earlier. Its almost like the explorer did not update the desktop visual screen but the folders were actually deleted and shared. One thing I noticed the previous night was the folders properties showed zero bytes, when I know there had been 700 Mb at least, so it was a sign....weird
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Dec 2015   #7

Windows 7 64bit

I found an easier tool, tried it and it can reset owner permissions to any file or directory. It also supports giving permissions to directory including all sub folders and files.

BeOwner - Mass file permission reset tool
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