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Win 7:You'll need to provide administrator permission to delete this folder...

manoosie 507 67 February 12, 2011 at 10:13 AM
I'm hoping someone can provide a simple answer to this problem. I see others have this problem on the web but have not found a working solution:

I am trying to delete a folder (and all of the files in it) and I am getting the following errors:

1. You'll need to provide administrator permission to delete this folder. (Continue/Skip/Cancel)
2. I select Continue
3. You need permission to perform this action. You require permission from MyPC\Bob to make changes to this folder. (Try Again/Cancel)

The problem is that I am logged in as MyPC\Bob, and Bob is an Administrator account.

So, how exactly do I ask myself for permission ? And how do I give myself permission ?

Bob has 'Full control' of the folder.
Bob is the owner of the folder.
But Bob cannot delete the folder because Bob has to ask Bob for permission..... /boggle.

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Which folder exactly are you trying to delete? There are some folders that, even as Administrator, you're not allowed to delete.
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Its a folder with a dvd in it that i created. I have a folder with a bunch of subfolders full of dvds i ripped from my collection. I dont want to go through the hassle of ripping all of our dvds again because of this stupid problem.

I go to security-->ownership tab and everyone has full control. I only have one account on my computer, but it lists two: adminstrators and the name of my account. Even if I make one of them the owner it still asks for permission. I am stuck.
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OK, I wanted to be sure you weren't trying to delete a protected folder. laugh out loud

Try this: Go to the advanced security settings for the folder and remove everyone listed. Add your account in, give it Full Control and check the box to recursively apply the permissions to all child entries. Apply the changes and then try to delete the folder.
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^ a reboot might help this too, but I dunno...
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This may not help but try clicking Start > All Programs > Accessories > then right click windows explorer and select run as administrator. Then browse to your folder and try deleting.

You can also try running cmd as administrator and deleting it this way...but I presume it would be the same result as my first recommendation
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Quote from redmaxx View Post :
OK, I wanted to be sure you weren't trying to delete a protected folder. laugh out loud

Try this: Go to the advanced security settings for the folder and remove everyone listed. Add your account in, give it Full Control and check the box to recursively apply the permissions to all child entries. Apply the changes and then try to delete the folder.
This desktop is a WMC desktop. I have two xbox extenders. For whatever reason, there are a lot of "Group or user names." Every single one I try to remove pursuant to your instructions I get the following message:

"You can't remove [owner name] because this object is inheriting permissions from its parent. To remove [owner name], you must prevent this object from inheriting permissions. Turn off the option for inheriting permissions, and then try removing [owner name] again."

Again, this is for EVERY owner, not just the ones created for the xbox.
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This may not help but try clicking Start > All Programs > Accessories > then right click windows explorer and select run as administrator. Then browse to your folder and try deleting.

You can also try running cmd as administrator and deleting it this way...but I presume it would be the same result as my first recommendation
Tried but didn't work. Thanks for the suggestion.
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it would be hard for me to try to explain how to make it so you can delete the folder, basically you have to take ownership of it. It can be kind of annoying. They should make it more user friendly. I can make it work with some trail and error then I forget and months down the road have to trial and error all over again to make the permissions the way I want.
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Quote from manoosie View Post :
This desktop is a WMC desktop. I have two xbox extenders. For whatever reason, there are a lot of "Group or user names." Every single one I try to remove pursuant to your instructions I get the following message:

"You can't remove [owner name] because this object is inheriting permissions from its parent. To remove [owner name], you must prevent this object from inheriting permissions. Turn off the option for inheriting permissions, and then try removing [owner name] again."

Again, this is for EVERY owner, not just the ones created for the xbox.
Somewhere in the same dialog boxes you're looking at, there's a checkbox that says it should inherit its permissions from its parent directory. Try unchecking that box first, apply the change and then follow my instructions.
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Under folder properties go to Security>Advanced>Change Permissions - Uncheck where it says "Include inheritable permissions..." When prompted click Add. Click apply. Not go to the Owner tab and click Edit. Make yourself the owner.
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