Windows 10: Can't delete folder that I created Solved

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  1.    15 Dec 2017 #1

    Can't delete folder that I created


    This folder was created in Feb. It's in C: Users/(Me)/Music. I named it Overflow so I could move files into it to keep the main folder looking cleaner. It has no content except for a subfolder called "Photos" (which also has no content).

    When I look at properties I get ""you do not have permission to view or edit this object's permission settings"It says it belongs to Desktop B91JACA\Administrators. How do I get ownership? I'm the only user so I'm automatically the administrator. But what is Desktop administrator?

    Running Windows Home with Winter Creators Upgrade Version 1709.

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  2.    15 Dec 2017 #2

    "Desktop B91JACA" should be name/ serial number ID for your whole system, automatically generated during installation.
    As for problem with deleting that folder: it could contain a hidden, 0 fill file. Do you have hidden files enabled ? Did you try taking ownership of it ?
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  3.    15 Dec 2017 #3
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  4.    15 Dec 2017 #4

    I followed the tutorial and have the "take ownership" in my right click menu, however it does not work. It goes through the steps, asking if I want to make that change and I click yes. However I still get all the same qualifiers for why I can't delete said folders. Nothing appears to have changed with the registry hack.

    I don't have hidden files. I see all the system files in all folders.
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  5.    15 Dec 2017 #5

    Enable the Hidden Built In Administrator Account. Log out as You, and login as the Admin. Browse to your User name Profile C:\Users\[UserName] open the Desktop folder, try deleting it here. If this fails, the file may reside on Bad Sectors.
    Press the Win key+X and choose Command Prompt (Admin) or Power Shell (Admin) type chkdsk /R and press enter. Now type a Y for Yes and reboot the computer. Check Disk will start at next boot up and will take a long while.This will search for Bad Sectors and corrupted files and try to "fix" them.
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  6.    15 Dec 2017 #6

    That was interesting. When in the administrator account the desktop has an entirely different look. I was able to navigate to the problem folder, but unfortunately I got the same message that I didn't have permission to view or edit it. I ran the scan and repair app which completed successfully. Still no joy with deleting the folder.

    Ccleaner used to have a function for deleting a problem file but I don't find that in the latest version. Someone claimed they fixed a problem like this by booting into Safe mode but I don't know how to do that with Windows 10. There's nothing in Task Manager for booting into Safe mode. I hope there's still something to try yet that might work.
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  7. Posts : 5,660
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       15 Dec 2017 #7

    To boot to Safe Mode, click Start then the Power icon. Press the Shift key and click Restart.

    You can also install a program called Unlocker which will get rid of the file/foler for you.
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  8.    15 Dec 2017 #8

    I tend to keep a linux boot disk handy for occasions like this.
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  9.    15 Dec 2017 #9

    May I take that as an opportunity to ask about the android operating systems. How does one try out linux or Ubuntu or some other non-Windows, non-Apple OS? Can they be installed on a computer already running Windows? Do most users use them as their sole OS? Do most programs made for Windows also have a linux version? Where's a good place to learn about alt. OS's?
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  10.    15 Dec 2017 #10

    to Ztruker: I couldn't download Unlocker. I never found a download link that worked. I just got moved from one page to another with a million ads but nothing ever downloaded the file. Got another link?
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