1.    03 Jun 2016 #1
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    Access issues (EVEN THOUGH I'M THE OWNER...)


    I'm beyond frustrated with this crap. But here it goes.
    I'm TRYING to delete my steam directory on my games partition on my SSD because it's not working properly and I want to just delete it and start fresh (since the only game in it is fallout 4). When I try to delete it, however, I get the error "You require permission from 'PCNAME-PC\MYUSERNAME' to make changes to this folder. The thing that puzzles me is I AM ON THAT ACCOUNT THAT IT'S SAYING IT REQUIRES PERMISSION FROM. It makes zero sense to me. I've already followed the steps to make sure I am the owner of the folder, but it still won't let me delete it. I don't understand why microsoft had to mess with security permissions so much in windows 10, it's sooooooooooo messed up. Let's just say this isn't the first time I've had issues with permissions before.

    SIDE NOTE: My OS is also installed on my SSD, but on a seperate partition than my steam library that I'm trying to delete. ALSO, on my HDD, I can delete any folder I want and I'm not even the owner of it. Now that I mention it, for some reason the owner of my HDD is "TrustedInstaller". Not exactly sure why that is. If that seems sketchy, let me know. But at the moment, it isn't causing me any problems.

    EDIT: I don't know if this is worth noting, but I recently reformatted my C:\ Drive because of malicious crap that I foolishly fell for. I was able to delete folders in that directory before the reformat as far as I remember....
    Last edited by ItsComa; 03 Jun 2016 at 21:52.
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  2.    03 Jun 2016 #2
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    I might have missed it, what happened when you tried deletion in Safe Mode?
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  3.    03 Jun 2016 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    I might have missed it, what happened when you tried deletion in Safe Mode?
    Same thing. Safe Mode didn't make any difference whatsoever.
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  4.    03 Jun 2016 #4
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    Is the user you're logged in a member of the administrators group ? Did you play with user account control or did you leave it on as it is by default ? You can try adding a Full Control entry in the security tab, as well as "Replace all access control lists of children objects..." (click the advanced button).

    You could try deleting the game from add/remove programs too, and the Steam client. That's far cleaner since deleting the directory will leave some pieces, such as Steam services and registry entries that are more likely to be removed if you follow the standard procedure.
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  5.    03 Jun 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by NovHak View Post
    Is the user you're logged in a member of the administrators group ? Did you play with user account control or did you leave it on as it is by default ? You can try adding a Full Control entry in the security tab, as well as "Replace all access control lists of children objects..." (click the advanced button).

    You could try deleting the game from add/remove programs too, and the Steam client. That's far cleaner since deleting the directory will leave some pieces, such as Steam services and registry entries that are more likely to be removed if you follow the standard procedure.
    Yes, my user is an administrator. UAC is all the way off. Did that when I installed windows. My account has full control, but it doesn't matter apparently.
    I can't uninstall it from add/remove programs, because neither steam nor my computer detect it as installed, yet it's clearly taking over 20GB of space. This is why I'm trying to just get rid of the whole directory.
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  6.    03 Jun 2016 #6
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    Have you tried taking ownership? I know you are supposed to have it but it couldn't hurt to try it. I believe the recent format you mention may be the reason.

    Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  7.    03 Jun 2016 #7
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    If nothing else works, one can create a Puppy Linux usb or dvd boot and delete the offending directory from that utility. However, there might very will be consequences concerning residuals in registry, AppData, ProgramData, and so on. [I'm using Windows 7 terminology, I don't know if Windows 10 has similar folders and registry or not.]
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  8.    03 Jun 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
    Have you tried taking ownership? I know you are supposed to have it but it couldn't hurt to try it. I believe the recent format you mention may be the reason.

    Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    Interesting....that worked...I read about that method a couple times but didn't think I needed it since I was already the owner. But I figured why not try it anyway and it worked, lol. Thanks. Now hopefully steam can re-create a library without problems on that partition.
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  9.    03 Jun 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsComa View Post
    Interesting....that worked...I read about that method a couple times but didn't think I needed it since I was already the owner. But I figured why not try it anyway and it worked, lol. Thanks. Not hopefully steam can re-create a library without problems on that partition.
    You're welcome, glad you got it sorted. I'm pretty sure although you were the owner, the recent format was the reason for having the trouble with it recognizing you as the owner.

    That's a good thing to have on hand anyway, that context menu item.

    Good luck with the rest of what you are doing.
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  10.    04 Jun 2016 #10
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    Being the owner of the directory doesn't mean being the owner of all files and subdirectories. I suppose that's where the problem was...
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