Windows 7 - Cannot delete desktop folder

Asked By Blackbear on 08-Mar-08 04:58 AM
I have Vista on my laptop.  I copied a folder on my (Windows XP) desktop onto
a CD and from there onto my laptop desktop.  I cannot now delete that folder,
as I am told I need permission.  How do I give myself permission, please?




replied on 08-Mar-08 08:24 PM
you will need to have admin priv to delete it. You can try to take ownership
of the file first. If that dont work try this.

start/all programs/ admin tools/ local security policies.
Expand local policies and select security options, scroll down to the end of
the list and double click "Behavior of The Elevation Prompt For Admin In
Approval Mode"
from the drop down list select "elevate without prompting, and click ok
Blackbear replied on 09-Mar-08 04:57 AM
Thank you Matthew, but you say I should take ownership of the file.  But how
do I do that?

As I don’t know how to do that, I tried your second solution, but
“"Behaviour of The Elevation Prompt For Admin In Approval Mode" does not
exist in the drop down list you suggested.

I am the sole user, and the Administrator for,  this PC.  Why on earth can’t
I just delete a desktop folder?
JeffSmithMSF replied on 09-Mar-08 08:31 AM
There are actually several possible reasons that you cannot delete the
folder.  Here are a few things you can try:

1)  Since it was copied off a CD, it might have the "Read-only" property
set.  Right-click on the folder, choose Properties, clear the "Read-only"
checkbox, and click OK.  Try deleting it.

2)  Sometimes, Windows will give that error if another program is using a
folder.  (Are any background programs using the folder?  Sometimes files
sharing or jukebox programs grab folders and don't let go of them.)  Reboot
your computer and try deleting it first thing when it loads up again.
(Rebooting your computer in "Safe mode" is a more extreme way of making sure
a minimal set of programs are running).

3)  Right-click on the folder, choose Properties, click the "Security" tab
[note: not all editions of Windows Vista support this tab -- if you don't
have it, skip this step].  Click the Advanced button, and on the new window
that pops up, click the "Owner" tab.  Click the Edit button and highlight
your user account in the list.  Check the "Replace owner on subcontainers..."
checkbox, and click OK.  (You might have to wait a few seconds).  Click OK on
all the windows, and try deleting the folder again.

4)  Follow the steps above to get to the Security tab, then click the
Advanced button again.  On the "Permissions" tab, click the "Edit..." button.
Make sure that "Include inheritable..." checkbox is clear (choose 'copy'
button if it asks you).  Make sure that the "Replace all..." checkbox is
checked.  Highlight your user account name, click the new "Edit..." button,
check the checkbox in the "Full control" row, under the "Allow" column.
(Make sure there's no Deny entries).  Click OK on all the windows.

Of course, if you get any strange errors during these steps, post them here
and we'll try to figure them out.
Blackbear replied on 09-Mar-08 11:26 AM
Many thanks for your suggestions, Jeff.  I have carefully followed them all,
but none has worked.  Every time I try to delete the folder, it still says I
need permission.

Is this is a clue?  I tried your “uncheck read only box” tip first.  But the
box wasn't checked nor unchecked.  It was dark blue.  By clicking it I can
toggle between checked, unchecked (light blue) and dark blue.

Any further suggestions welcome.
Blackbear replied on 09-Mar-08 11:28 AM
Many thanks for your suggestions, Jeff.  I have carefully followed them all,
but none has worked.  Every time I try to delete the folder, it still says I
need permission.

Is this is a clue?  I tried your “uncheck read only box” tip first.  But the
box wasn't checked nor unchecked.  It was dark blue.  By clicking it I can
toggle between checked, unchecked (light blue) and dark blue.

Any further suggestions welcome.
Blackbear replied on 09-Mar-08 11:42 AM
Oh!  I have just succeeded in deleting the folder.  Trouble is,  I don't know
how I did it.  I was just trying everything one after the other, and found a
box called "Special permissions" somewhere.  I can't remember if I checked or
unchecked it, but it did the trick.  Thank you for all your help anyway.
jihchiang replied on 09-Mar-08 09:35 PM
You'll have to take "ownership" to the folder,
1.) right click on the folder. Choose  Properties
2.) click   Security   then click   Advance
3.) click   Effevtive Permission   then click   Select
4.) enter your name ( as it appears on your account ) insie the box, then
click   OK
5. you'll see a list all checkmarked. Scroll down to the last one that says
ownership. You are the owner of that folder. click   OK   and close all
those windows.
6.) you can now delete the folder as you wish.
Please post a report if you are successful or not. Good luck.
Blackbear replied on 09-Mar-08 11:43 PM
Thank you