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  • Question

  • I decided to delete some old Windows installations from my machine.  Windows.old, Windows.000, etc.  Easy peasy, right?

    Not!!!!  Apparently, I have to give MYSELF permission to delete the folders and files!!!

    And, YES--I am an administrator, using an administrator account.  Since I have administrator level access, I should be able to perform administrative functions--right?

    Unless I DON"T happen to own the folders and/files--right? Then the administrator level access becomes null and void--right?

    Even with the tool that allows one to "TAKE OWNERSHIP" of a folder--it seems as though this will only give ownership at the CURRENT level.  Any subordinate folders remain unchanged.  (You will have to take ownership of every sub-folder, that falls under the folder that you want to delete!  This MIGHT be a bit inconvenient--when you're faced with having to take ownership of 2,000+ folders and files!!!)

    I wonder if there is a tool or application that will allow one to TAKE OWNERSHIP, not just of the CURRENT folder--but ALL sub-folders and files that are subordinate to the current folder?

    Monday, October 24, 2016 10:42 PM


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  • Have you tried to do [Disk Cleanup] >  [Clean up system files]?

    Right-click on "C" drive > Properties > [Disk Cleanup]

    and then click [Clean up system files]
    • Edited by Ashidacchi Tuesday, October 25, 2016 1:20 AM
    • Proposed as answer by Andy Nuttall Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:46 AM
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016 1:19 AM
  • I don't think that this would have accomplished my goal of removing traces of old windows' installations.

    I have already removed the folders and files that I wanted to remove, basically, folder-by-folder.

    I was just looking to see if there were other, more stream-lined method(s) of "taking ownership" of  a folder  that includes (not assumes) its SUB folders--all in ONE shot.

    Thanks, anyhoo!

    Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:58 AM
  • actually what he has said is exactly what you were looking was originally implemented in Vista... <-- the article in question.

    Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:45 AM
  • Hi,

    We haven’t heard from you for a couple of days, have you solved the problem? How about the solution we have provided? We are looking forward to your good news.

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    Monday, November 7, 2016 1:31 AM