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  1.    28 Mar 2017 #1
    Join Date : Dec 2016
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    Windows 10 Education 64-bit

    Cannot get folder permissions...


    Hi, I removed an old Windows 10 user account, but its folder in C:\Users did not disappear. When I investigated, I found that there is a folder inside that I just cannot delete (in spite of being Administrator):
    C:\Users\test131\AppData\Roaming\AVAST Software\Avast\Cache

    I searched the web for solutions but they were all about changing the permissions in the Properties->Security Tab. However, I cannot even do anything there:
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    If I click the "Advanced" button, I get this:
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    So I seem to be stuck.

    Does anybody know how to solve this by means of legitimate Windwos operations. That is without any third party software or boot images?

    Here is a full video of the behaviour:
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  2.    28 Mar 2017 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2016
    Crewe Cheshire
    Posts : 1,451
    windows 10

    We have a tutor and a tool for this so you can take ownership Add Take Ownership to Context Menu in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Customization Tutorials
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  3.    28 Mar 2017 #3
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    S/E England
    Posts : 4,490
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    In your second screenshot (the 'Advanced' one) click 'Change' next to the owner. Make yourself the owner and you can give yourself 'full control' permissions. Then you'll be able to delete it.
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  4.    28 Mar 2017 #4
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    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by Bree View Post
    In your second screenshot (the 'Advanced' one) click 'Change' next to the owner. Make yourself the owner and you can give yourself full control. Then you'll be able to delete it.
    The "Change" you are referring to is greyed out...
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  5.    28 Mar 2017 #5
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    S/E England
    Posts : 4,490
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    Quote Originally Posted by Linus View Post
    The "Change" you are referring to is greyed out...
    Try taking ownership of the \AVAST Software\ folder first.
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  6.    28 Mar 2017 #6
    Join Date : Mar 2017
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    Windows 10 Professional

    There may be a much simpler solution than permission changes. Restart your computer, and then see if you can delete the user directory you are trying to delete. It may still be in use because it may have been in use at one point during your current session. That has worked for me in the past when struggling with deleting user directories after removing the user through the account management interface.
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  7.    28 Mar 2017 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bree View Post
    Try taking ownership of the \AVAST Software\ folder first.
    I am already owner of all parent folders.
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  8.    28 Mar 2017 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xilnik View Post
    There may be a much simpler solution than permission changes. Restart your computer, and then see if you can delete the user directory you are trying to delete.
    Already tried that, even while disabling AVAST. I deleted that user months ago.
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  9.    28 Mar 2017 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xilnik View Post
    There may be a much simpler solution than permission changes. Restart your computer, and then see if you can delete the user directory you are trying to delete.
    A very good suggestion. If that fails, start at the top and take ownership of the deleted user's folder. Inherited permissions may be preventing you taking ownership lower down.
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  10.    28 Mar 2017 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linus View Post
    Already tried that, even while disabling AVAST. I deleted that user months ago.
    Have you tried deleting the directory through the recovery environment?
    • Use Advanced Startup Options to choose Command Prompt
    • Type
      Code:
      C:
      dir
      to see if the C: directory has a Users directory. Keep trying other drive letters until you find Users
    • Assuming you find it in the C: directory, try
      Code:
      rmdir /s /q C:\Users\test131
      Substitute the appropriate drive letter for C: if need be
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