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I am the administrator, but the computer is requesting administrator access to delete a file. RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am the administrator for my home PC, and I want to delete a file. However, when I click delete, it says "You need access from your computer's administrator to perform this action." Then, I will click try again. It will lead me back to this screen. I can't delete the file. What do I do

    EDIT: I looked at previous solutions, and went to change security settings for the file. However, the PC says I do not have permission to view permissions.

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015 1:10 PM

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  • Sometimes these files are owned by SYSTEM or other users, and you need to check the file owner and change ownership to the user you are logged in as.

    To do that, Right Click the file --> Properties --> Security -->Advanced-->Owner--> Change owner


    Nosh Mernacaj, Identity Management Specialist


    Tuesday, May 19, 2015 1:15 PM
  • Erm...It says "you don't have permission to view the object's permission settings." when I try to change the owner of the file.

    It also says 'Access Denied" when I try to delete the file using administrator command prompt.

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015 1:29 PM
  • Are you sure you are an administrator?? If yes, Is this machine joined to a domain, and maybe the permissions are controlled by a GPO??


    Nosh Mernacaj, Identity Management Specialist

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015 1:31 PM
  • Only 1 user account and no connected domains.
    Tuesday, May 19, 2015 2:07 PM
  • One more thing.  On your screen shot, click the last link "Change User Account Control settings".  There is a bad, lowered it all the way.  Reboot and try again.


    Nosh Mernacaj, Identity Management Specialist

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015 2:22 PM
  • I know how to reproduce the problem.

    1. Rename an Android Package (APK) into ZIP and extract it.

    2. Highlight all the files inside and click Zip under "Share"

    3. Rename the ZIP to APK again.

    4. Wala! You got a file you cannot delete!

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015 7:24 AM
  • I repeated my mistake twice, so I got 3 files I cannot delete now! That's how I found out the method.
    Wednesday, May 20, 2015 7:28 AM
  • YEAY! IT WORKED! THANKS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!
    Wednesday, May 20, 2015 7:34 AM