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Windows 7: Can't remove update files

05 Jun 2011   #1

Windows7 Home Premium 64 bit
Can't remove update files

I have a directory called ff8173b3b282fb3580420d937a9858c3 on my external drive that is locked down tight. I managed to reset permission so I could at least see what is in the directory and it appears to be an install or update for .NET 4.0. I can't look at the subdirectories or open any of the files in ff8173b3b282fb3580420d937a9858c3. I am admin for the system, but even administrator does not have any rights to these files. The only permissions set are "Special Permissions" for the System. I tried to reset permissions so child objects would inherit from the parent object but when I checked that box and clicked Apply I got a Permission denied message for every subdirectory, which are called 1024, 1025, 1029 and so on, if that matters.

This directory/path is taking up valuable space on my external drive and I need to remove it.
ANy ideas how I can do that?
Again, I am administrator for the system and the only user account on the system is my account.

Any help would be appreciated.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jun 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Welcome Ute. Try to Take Ownership of the file.
Or enable the Hidden Admin Account.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jun 2011   #3

Windows7 Home Premium 64 bit
Problems solved!

Hey Britton30
just wanted to let you know that your suggestion worked great!

Once I added the "Take Ownership" option to the menu, I changed the owner of the file to me and the rest was a breeze.

Thanks bunches.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

07 Jun 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

you're welcome, glad you solved it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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