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

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Haydon

#1
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

#2
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

#3
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.
 
#4
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.
 

.Joe

1337 spammer
Vista Guru
#5
Right click on the folder, select take ownership of the folder, then try to delete it. This helps in many cases.
 
S

Synapse Syndrome

#6
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

#7
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.
 
#8
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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#9
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.
 
#14
I got a link from this forum about giving admin powers to users, while executing, it says i have to restart the computer, restarted and work for that folder..
I forgot to save the link as it said you'll need it for future reference.. its later that i discovered that you have to go through that every time u need to delete files or folders
 
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dark5hade159

#15
Re: Unable to Delete Folder. 'You Need Permission To Perform This

For this i really kicked myself when i figured it out...
select the file, go to properties and UNCHECK the box that says "read only"
it will ask if the subfolders, etc etc

press ok and delete it for good
 
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Ross M. Greenberg

#16
Re: Unable to Delete Folder. 'You Need Permission To Perform This

I tried this as well. I'm running Vista Ultimate and had a crash two years ago. I recovered most of my data into Windows.old and now I can't get rid of the damned thing! It has the read-only bit set under properties, but when I try to reset it it gives me that "Permission Denied" screen.
 

Brink

Staff member
mvp
#17
Re: Unable to Delete Folder. 'You Need Permission To Perform This

I tried this as well. I'm running Vista Ultimate and had a crash two years ago. I recovered most of my data into Windows.old and now I can't get rid of the damned thing! It has the read-only bit set under properties, but when I try to reset it it gives me that "Permission Denied" screen.[/quote]

Hi Ross,

If you have the 32 bit Vista, then you can try the free program Unlocker on it to see if you can delete it afterwards.

UNLOCKER 1.8.7 BY CEDRICK 'NITCH' COLLOMB

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
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Ross M. Greenberg

#18
Still no luck! "Destination Folder Access Denied"

I swear, I'm great to have this damned folder/directory for the next 20 years!
 

Brink

Staff member
mvp
#19
still no luck! "Destination Folder Access Denied"

I swear, I'm great to have this damned folder/directory for the next 20 years!
DOH!,

Sorry Ross, some how I missed the "Windows.old" part. Run Disk Cleanup and check the option to cleanup leftover or discarded files from Windows upgrade. Afterwards, see if the file is gone.

Shawn
 
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oscar

#20
Re: Unable to Delete Folder. 'You Need Permission To Perform This

Here’s a story about how a simple Restart fixed my “access denied†problem:

I occassionally have access/permission problems with certain folders/files
that are created on my XP using third party software then transferred to my
Vista via portable HD. The problem is that I am sometimes denied access to
delete them. What I usually do (because it’s the fastest method of getting
the job done) is drill down to the individual files and delete them, then
delete the empty folders.

Tonight, one of those folders nor the files inside them would not allow me
access to move, copy or delete them. No matter how I tried to obtain
permission or tried to change the ownership using the various tools in
properties, I kept getting errors such as: “an error occurred applying
attributes to the file†or “access is denied†or “an error occurred while
applying security information to c: <path><name of file>.â€

BTW: I am the only user on this Vista computer. I am the administrator and
user. No one else touches this computer. Not the kids. Relatives. Service
techs. No one. But I could not get permission to delete this file.


Then I had noticed that a similar file was in the Recycle Bin. (I had
deleted a bunch of folders and files this afternoon and apparently this one
did not go into the Recycle Bin properly for reasons unknown.) So I emptied
the Recycle Bin. The problem folder/file was still there in my Documents. I
went back to trying to gain administrative permission but was denied.

Final solution: I restarted the computer, hoping that the magic of Vista
would figure it out. After restart I checked the folder and the files were
gone. Vista deleted them for me. And I was allowed to delete the empty
folders.

I chalk up this experience to partly operator error (maybe I had interfered
with the folder from going into the Recycle Bin this afternoon) and partly
Vista quirkiness.

But in the end, Vista cleaned up the mess for me.


Oscar ;)