Curious Access Denied problem with vista

Destillat

New Member
Quick back story:

I have a Gateway FX, and recently I had to restore my laptop back to factory settings. Well when I did this I made a backup of my entire C:\ drive.

Well that's great and all, because I still have everything, but that's also a bad thing becuase I have EVERYTHING. Including a second windows folder now.

The problem is that when I tried to deleting this I get access denied. Safe mode won't work, changing permissions won't work, I even gave myself ownership in Properties>Security>Advanced>Owner. Nothing.

I saw a thread earlier that said to run command prompt as administrator and enter a series of commands to give myself access but it told me it couldn't find the folder. I'm fresh out of ideas and so now, I turn to you.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

-Alex
 

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garysgold

Vista Guru
Hello Alex,

Welcome to the forums.

You can do this through the built in Admin Acct. Info here if needed. http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/67567-administrator-account.html?filter[11]=User%20Accounts

As stated in the tutorial, it is unwise to use this acct. as a normal user acct. I recommend deactivating it when you have finished deleting the folder.

Hope this helps.
Gary
 

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Destillat

New Member
Thanks a lot! I'll edit this post with the results.


Edit: Nothing! This things impenetrable. At this point I don't know what I can do to delete it other than wipe the drive again which I REALLY don't want to do. But I'm also not keen on keeping 20 gigs of space occupied for nothing.

Even tried it in safe mode. Any more ideas?
 
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garysgold

Vista Guru
Your welcome. Good Luck.

Gary
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    CPU
    Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
    Memory
    Crucial Ballistix 4x2GB PC2 6400
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Creative SB X-Fi
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP w2207 + HPvs15
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050 + 1024x768
    Hard Drives
    2-WD5000AAKS-500 GB
    WD 5000AAV-500 GB external
    Mouse
    MX Revolution
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Comfort Curve
    Other Info
    Wacom Intuos 2 Graphics Tablet
    Experience Index=5.5

Destillat

New Member
Well I did it but in a rather roundabout way.

It turns out when I set myself to have full control permissions, it didn't apply to the subfolders, no matter what I told it to apply to. So I was faced with living with it or setting the permissions for EVERY SUB FOLDER. I found the solution in the security>advanced menu however. There's a check box that lets you apply the permissions to all inheriting objects within the folder. So that worked. Hurrah!

Thanks again for your help.
 

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garysgold

Vista Guru
Glad you got it sorted out.

Gary
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    CPU
    Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
    Memory
    Crucial Ballistix 4x2GB PC2 6400
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Creative SB X-Fi
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP w2207 + HPvs15
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050 + 1024x768
    Hard Drives
    2-WD5000AAKS-500 GB
    WD 5000AAV-500 GB external
    Mouse
    MX Revolution
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Comfort Curve
    Other Info
    Wacom Intuos 2 Graphics Tablet
    Experience Index=5.5
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