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Windows 7: Can't delete a folder...

07 Apr 2010   #1
ahstanford

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Can't delete a folder...

Hello everyone,

I'm trying to delete a directory/folder off of my C drive, and every time I try, I get this error:

Quote:
You need permission to perform this action.

You require permission from the computer's administrator to make changes to this folder.
I am the administrator.

I don't know why this is happening or what to do about it. Anyone have any idea?

Thanks in advance.


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07 Apr 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Go to properties to be sure you have all the necessary permissions.

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...rmissions.html
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07 Apr 2010   #3
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Take ownership of the folders, then you should be able to delete them... Take Ownership Shortcut
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07 Apr 2010   #4
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

See this post. It has always worked for the people who try it: Folder won't Delete - ARGH
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07 Apr 2010   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
See this post. It has always worked for the people who try it: Folder won't Delete - ARGH
What great information. I think everyone should give rep if they get an answer to a question or learn from an answer to another's question. So Jon here is your rep.
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07 Apr 2010   #6
ahstanford

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Go to properties to be sure you have all the necessary permissions.

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...rmissions.html
Didn't work...

Quote:
"You do not permission to view or edit this object's permission settings."
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Take ownership of the folders, then you should be able to delete them... Take Ownership Shortcut
I installed this, took ownership of the directory, and yet I still could not delete it.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
See this post. It has always worked for the people who try it: Folder won't Delete - ARGH
When I try to use rmdir in command prompt I get...

Quote:
Access is denied.
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07 Apr 2010   #7
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Cannot delete file or folder | Windows Problem Solver

Wow, you are making us work this morning. Wish you well
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07 Apr 2010   #8
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Have you tried booting into safe mode first?
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07 Apr 2010   #9
ahstanford

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Cannot delete file or folder | Windows Problem Solver

Wow, you are making us work this morning. Wish you well
Oddly enough, the first step in your link (Reboot and try deletion again) worked!

Thanks to all of you!
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07 Apr 2010   #10
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

That made my morning. Thanks for the kind words. Hope that you come back often, to use our knowledge or to share yours.
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