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Windows Security is driving me crazy!!! "You need permission to perform this action" when deleting files

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  • Hi all,

    I am sooooooooooooooooooooooo sick to f**king death of Windows security prompts!!! Ever since I first got XP about a decade ago (now on 7), this lovely little error dialog (or something similar) has not always, but at least once a month, shown up when I've tried to move or delete a file or folder:

    File/Folder Access Denied

    You need permission to perform this action

    You require permission from the computer's administrator to make changes to this file/folder

    (name of file or folder and date created)

    Try Again and Cancel buttons

    Clicking Try Again brings the same dialog up again, and clicking Cancel has obvious results.

    I'm on the only user account on the PC, which is an Administrator account.

    Trying to take ownership of the file/folder tells me that "Access is denied".

    Haven't tried using the hidden admin account as I don't see why the f**k I should have to!!!!

    Look Microsoft, I don't give a flying f**k if my files are vulnerable to hackers or not; I just want to be able to access them MYSELF!!!!!!! My network is on a router with a 128-bit encryption key and a hardware firewall, as well as a software firewall on each PC! If anyone can get through all that, I'll tip my hat to them and let them do whatever they want to my files! But for crying out loud, I JUST WANT COMPLETELY UNINHIBITED ACCESS TO MY OWN F**KING FILES!!!!!!!!!! This has been a problem for as long as I can remember and I've really had enough of it...if more programs were runnable on Linux I would've switched a looooooooooooooooong time ago!!!

    P.S. I apologise to anyone who DOESN'T work for Microsoft and was offended by this post...I've just really had enough of this crap!

    P.P.S. Just tried the hidden admin account after all, but guess what?! THAT DOESN'T WORK EITHER!!! Gee, what a surprise, that something made by Microsoft could be so utterly ludicrous and useless...NOT!!!!!!!

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011 12:59 AM

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  • I'm on the only user account on the PC, which is an Administrator account.

    No, with USER Account Control (UAC) you have user rights. I explained this here in a guide for users like you:

    http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/135143-faq-what-is-the-uac/

    UAC is fine and solve 90% of the security issues.


    André


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Want to install RSAT on Windows 7 Sp1? Check my HowTo: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=150221
    Wednesday, March 16, 2011 2:32 PM
  • Calm down and read my guide again, you understood NOTHING!

    I also showed here:

    http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=144776

    how to run the Explorer with admin rights. Now you don't need to accept the UAC prompt all the time, only once ;)




    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Want to install RSAT on Windows 7 Sp1? Check my HowTo: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=150221
    Saturday, March 26, 2011 1:51 PM
  • Calm down and read my guide again, you understood NOTHING!

    What do you think I didn't understand? :S My whole point in my previous post was that UAC prompts are annoying, which you didn't prove otherwise in your guide. But now the link you've just given me seems like it might actually be helpful, so thank you for that and for being the only person nice enough to reply to my rants, especially when I didn't deserve it! (Even though my abusive comments weren't aimed at you)
    Wednesday, March 30, 2011 1:24 AM
  • Sure, I proved it. You simply never used an user account under XP and saw the access denied messages which forced you to switch the user accounts all the time. That's why the UAC is much better ;) For me it looks like you don't want to understand it.
    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    I'm going to leave the forum on 31th March 2011 if I don't get a Feedback about the SPAM of 2 MVPs. So if you want an answer, be fast so that I can help you before I leave the Technet forum.
    Wednesday, March 30, 2011 2:27 PM
  • You never provided a solution, just an attitude, for this user's very legitimate complaint.  Having constant "Are you sure" prompts is not the right answer to securing a PC.  It is a productivity killer, and I realize since you're apparently a techie with no business sense, you would not understand this.  You're talking down to this user, when in actuality, it's you who doesn't get it.  UAC sucks and if you don't think so, it's because of your lack of common sense or because you're a paid shill for Microsoft.
    Friday, August 17, 2012 7:18 PM
  • MIcrosoft reps never provide solutions...try finding out how to get rid of the pain in the ass Email sign-in requirement every time you want to check your Email...the solutions they offer DO NOT EVER WORK.

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 2:40 AM
  • The issue is with UAC.

    You can disable the UAC feature that triggers this.

    Start---run---gpedit.msc

    Computer Configuration -- windows settings --Security Settings -- Local Policies -- Security Options

    Scroll down to:

    User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode - Set to DISABLED.

    Reboot.

    Done.

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 3:46 PM
  • Turn off the preview pane in windows explorer - this causes the file to be locked.
    • Proposed as answer by James Hannam Friday, March 18, 2016 5:04 AM
    Friday, March 18, 2016 5:04 AM