Deletion still does work almost identically in WinXP, Vista and Win7.
When we highlight a filename and click Delete, that file goes to the Recycle
Bin. It stays there until the bin is too full to hold the next item we want
to delete. Then, in the background, Windows clears out enough of the oldest
deadwood in the bin to make room for the new items. So long as a deleted
item is still in the bin, we can resurrect it if we change our mind or found
that we deleted something in error. Or we can Empty the Recycle Bin
ourselves. Once an item has been cleared from the bin, though, it is gone
forever. (Well, there are utilities available that can sometimes still
recover "permanently deleted" items, but they are not a part of Windows.)
If we choose, we can bypass the Recycle Bin and permanently delete a file
immediately. Just hold down the <Shift> key while clicking <Delete>. Or
right-click the Recycle Bin icon, choose Properties, and change the default
action to do this for all future deletions.
When Windows thinks we are about to delete a critical System file, it will
ask us to confirm and, for some files, to furnish Administrator credentials
and permissions before taking such a drastic step. But it shouldn't do this
for routine deletions.
How is this different from the way it worked for you in WinXP?
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP
Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8089.0726) in Win7 Ultimate x64
"~hp-hdx~" <bogus@newsgroup> wrote in message
> I have a new laptop with Vista home premium on it.
> I can not delete files like I could in XP. Every time
> I delete a file, a box comes up with a bunch of choices in it.
> One is "as Administrator" or something like that. Clicking
> on that a few times deletes the file.
> I have been unable find out how to make it work like XP.
> Can anyone tell me how to do this? It would save me a lot of time and
> frustration if it would work like XP did.
> TIA for any suggestions.