Windows 10: Permission issue

  1.    18 May 2018 #1

    Permission issue


    I've been trying to throw away a bunch of wallpapers I never use tonight and I kept getting this window (see screenshot). Can anyone tell me why and if there is something I can do to get rid of this?Click image for larger version. 

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       18 May 2018 #2

    Presumably because TrustedInstaller is the owner (hence you need its permission), suggesting that img3.jpg was installed by Windows at some time.

    Presumably that also means it can be uninstalled. How did you get it in the first place? Where is it located?

    If you really want to delete it yourself, then taking ownership would seem a logical first step.
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  3.    18 May 2018 #3

    If this wallpaper came with Windows, then you can't delete it, as it is part of the OS.
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       18 May 2018 #4

    A Google Image search finds copies of it, described as "Windows 10 build 10154 new wallpapers" so yes, looks like it was installed by Windows (a long time ago, that build pre-dates the public launch).
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       18 May 2018 #5

    spunk said: View Post
    If this wallpaper came with Windows, then you can't delete it, as it is part of the OS.
    Well, you probably could with a lot of permission changes, but it's hardly worth the effort (and may well reappear after an update or any repairs). I'd just ignore it, it's only 1.13MB after all.

    The built-in images that come with Windows are all owned by TrustedInstaller, and the name img3.jpg certainly fits the MS naming convention...

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  6.    18 May 2018 #6

    OK, I'll let this go, but I've had issued with this in other areas too that have nothing to do with wallpapers. I was told to go to Task Manager and look for COM Surrogate, click on it and End Task. That seems to have worked on those things, so far, but not on this issue with the wallpapers. Thanks for the information.
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       19 May 2018 #7

    Nikilet said: View Post
    OK, I'll let this go, but I've had issued with this in other areas too that have nothing to do with wallpapers. I was told to go to Task Manager and look for COM Surrogate, click on it and End Task. That seems to have worked on those things, so far, but not on this issue with the wallpapers. Thanks for the information.
    If it is installed and owned by TrustedInstaller then you only have read and execute permissions. Even the administrators group only has those. To be able to grant yourself full control you have to take ownership first. Then you can get full control and should be able to delete them.

    Wallpapers may be relatively safe to delete (not that I've tried) but I'd be very cautious about taking ownership of anything else. Who knows what you may break?

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