Wednesday, April 28, 2010 1:46 AM
I'm hoping someone can provide a simple answer to this problem.
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.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 5:59 AMModerator
I would like to confirm what files you would like to delete?
In Windows 7, the files in system folder are protected. To delete them, you may try to disable User Account Controller (UAC).
Does it work?
Arthur Li - MSFT
- Marked As Answer by Arthur_LiMicrosoft Contingent Staff, Moderator Thursday, May 06, 2010 5:29 AM
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 6:02 AM
I suffer from the described problem. I created folders as an admin and I want to delete them. No avail despite having all permissions I can find. I tried to find out about my rights and shared a folder. I cannot reset the sharing. This is extremely frustrating as there is no logic behind this. The "explanations" don't touch the problems and are useless.
Mau be you can shed some light on this.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 6:24 AM
I had exact same problem and i was able to get around by deleting inside folders first and then the root folder in the end.
May not be what you looking for, but worth trying.
For example you have folder MyPC\Bob\Some folder
Delete first "Some Folder"
Delete "Bob" in the end.
Friday, December 23, 2011 4:03 AM
Right Click on the folder (or file) you want to alter, select Properties>Security> Edit. Then under Permissions give yourself Full Control, then click OK. Now go back and perform the task you wanted and there would be no more annoying messages!
Thursday, April 26, 2012 7:20 PMyou need to take ownership of the folder that you want to delete.. right click on the folder>properties> then click the "security" tab> click on "advanced" near the bottom> click on the "owner" tab> then click"edit"... you will now see who owns the folder... > click on the administrator account that you are using and want to use for full control.. and remember to highlight the "Replace Owner on Subcontainers and objects" box>click "apply"> click "ok"> and a pop up asks if you want to replace the permissions folder with a new permissions folder containing you full control.. click yes.... to be honest I just did all this to my whole drive.. just to be certain.. :)..... you may have to turn off "inheriting permissions".. but that is a whole other story
Sunday, April 29, 2012 10:37 AMso i tried to do that, thing is when i press on security tab and click advanced under all those tabs (permissions, owner, etc) is a message that says " You do not have permission to view or edit this object's permission settings", and i dont really want to format my whole drive because windows are there. im suspecting on a malware, but Security Essentials haven't found anything.
Monday, May 21, 2012 9:17 PMI also experienced this problem. The only thing that worked for me was booting up from a windows DVD and deleting the folders via the command promt. Windows is soo user-freindly
Sunday, June 10, 2012 4:37 AMI have had the same issue and found that going to the parent folder of the sub folder, in my instance the Music folder, right click on that, click properties on the general tab go to the bottom and un-highlight the read only box, press apply then click okay in the pop up box. The pop up box then scrolls through and appears to change permissions to all the sub folders. I was then able to delete the sub folders in the music folder as usual.
Saturday, July 21, 2012 8:38 AM
I'm embarassed to admit the solution to my inability to delete a folder. I was using 7-Zip to look at the contents of the folder. Later when I tried to use Explorer (and the Command Prompt) to delete the folder, I got the error message that it couldn't delete the folder. Well duh. After a lot of head scratching, I finally noticed, and I changed 7-zip off the path. Bingo! Folder gone.I'm a little puzzled, though, at the error message that indicated that it was an Administrator/Owner issue rather than a conflict issue. This was very misleading. I guess the "lesson learned" is to never trust error messages.
- Edited by BobCrunch Saturday, July 21, 2012 9:17 AM
Thursday, December 06, 2012 8:30 PM
So to delete it, Bob has to cut the folder to his disktop (be srure that all subfolder\files are closed), then Bob can delete that folder easyley. (tested in win7)
Monday, January 07, 2013 6:46 PM
I had this problem, I tried everything that's been said up here, so, I did something simpler...
1. Go to the desired folder and open it.
2. Delete all content inside, you may find that a folder within the desired folder can't be deleted.
3. Go inside THAT folder and delete everything in there.
4. Go back to the folder that you just entered, and delete it.
5. Delete the folder that you wanted to delete in the first place.
I know, I make it sound like Inception, but it works.
Sunday, January 27, 2013 6:34 PM
you need to take ownership of the folder that you want to delete.. right click on the folder>properties> then click the "security" tab> click on "advanced" near the bottom> click on the "owner" tab> then click"edit"... you will now see who owns the folder... > click on the administrator account that you are using and want to use for full control.. and remember to highlight the "Replace Owner on Subcontainers and objects" box>click "apply"> click "ok"> and a pop up asks if you want to replace the permissions folder with a new permissions folder containing you full control.. click yes.... to be honest I just did all this to my whole drive.. just to be certain.. :)..... you may have to turn off "inheriting permissions".. but that is a whole other story
Useless in my version of windows 8 pro Jan 27, 2013. No 'owner tab' and on.
- Edited by stevecramer2 Sunday, January 27, 2013 6:35 PM
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 1:42 PMFantastic! After 2hrs of trying to delete, i tried your way and it works 100%.Thank you.