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Unable to Delete Folder. 'You Need Permission To Perform This Action'

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    Haydon Guest

    Unable to Delete Folder. 'You Need Permission To Perform This Action'

    I have just installed Vista, and am tidying up my start menu (classic view),
    however there are some folders that it won't let me delete.

    When I try to delete them, it comes up with a message saying 'you need
    permission to perform this action'! Need permission?!? From who?!? I am
    the only user of the machine.

    I looked at the properties and it's a read only folder, but it won't let me
    change this. I have gone into the security tab and given everyone
    permission for full control, but still can't get rid of the read only, or
    delete the folder.

    Any advise before my PC will literally be a Windows machine, when it gets
    thrown out of one. ;-)


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    Don Varnau Guest

    Re: Unable to Delete Folder. 'You Need Permission To Perform This Action'

    Hi,
    If the folder is one of the System folders- Extras and Upgrades, Games,
    Maintenance, etc you may be able to make it a hidden folder. You can then
    ignore it if you haven't selected "Show hidden files and folders" in Folder
    options> View.

    You may not be able to delete one of these folders.

    Hope this helps,
    Don
    [MS MVP- IE]

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    Haydon Guest

    Re: Unable to Delete Folder. 'You Need Permission To Perform This Action'

    Thank you for your reply, however that's hiding the problem, as opposed to
    curing it. I do actually always change the folder view settings to show all
    hidden files anyway, so it wouldn't work for me.

    I have found a workaround from 'alanbriggs' post, whereby I opened the
    folder and deleted the individual files. Then, I
    could eventually delete the folder (once empty). Not good, but at least a
    workaround was possible.

    Looking at other posts on this subject, it appears that this is a problem.

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    Re: Unable to Delete Folder. 'You Need Permission To Perform This Action'

    I am going batty, I am trying to delete a folder as well (MSN) I have no need for it and I am stingy with my HD space. NO MATTER what I do it tells me I need permission or I don't have permission. God I hate vista. Someone please help me.

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    Re: Unable to Delete Folder. 'You Need Permission To Perform This Action'

    Right click on the folder, select take ownership of the folder, then try to delete it. This helps in many cases.

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    Synapse Syndrome Guest

    Re: Unable to Delete Folder. 'You Need Permission To Perform This Action'

    I know a few ways to get rid of folders, depending on what the problem is.
    But an easy suggestion for you to try first is to make a new folder. Then
    move the folder you cannot delete into the new folder by dragging it onto
    it. Then try deleting the new folder.

    ss.

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    Thobias Sjökvist Guest

    Re: Unable to Delete Folder. 'You Need Permission To Perform This

    Tried suggestion of moving the folder which is bugging the hell out of me
    into another folder but Vista still won't f****g allow me to delete it.

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    Bob Guest

    Re: Unable to Delete Folder. 'You Need Permission To Perform This

    Open an Administrator Command Prompt

    Type attrib -r -a -s -h del [drive] path] [foldername] Press Enter.

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    Re: Unable to Delete Folder. 'You Need Permission To Perform This Action'

    I just ran into this issue and it really angered me. I figured out a solution though. Right-click on the folder, select Properties. Click on the security tab, Click Administrators, Click Edit, find your "user name" in the list and select it. Press OK, OK, On adminstrators, select the delete permission and click on OK. I got some message that the ACL list or something could not be updated, but it didn't matter. I was able to delete the folder with no problems after this.

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    Re: Unable to Delete Folder. 'You Need Permission To Perform This Action'

    Quote Originally Posted by .Joe View Post
    Right click on the folder, select take ownership of the folder, then try to delete it. This helps in many cases.
    I have just done this... NOT WORKING.. for me at least

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