Get permission to delete folders

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  1.    2 Weeks Ago #1

    Get permission to delete folders


    Way too often, i come across a message that says you need permission to perform this action if i try to delete a useless folder or a file on my computer. Any way to fix this?
    Last edited by Cerawy; 2 Weeks Ago at 15:51.
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       2 Weeks Ago #2

    Hello Cerawy,

    It depends on who the owner is of the file/folder, and its set permissions.

    If you like, you can add and use the "Take Ownership" context menu to use on a file/folder you don't have access permission for to see if you can delete it afterwards.

    Add Take Ownership to Context Menu in Windows 10 | Tutorials
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  3.    2 Weeks Ago #3

    If it's a system folder it's there to stop you messing up windows
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  4.    2 Weeks Ago #4

    It still gives me the same message after taking ownership. Its mostly just leftover folders from uninstalled programs, they are just bloat taking up space on my computer.
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  5.    2 Weeks Ago #5

    Does it say it's inheritance from above you may need to take ownership of a folder above
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       2 Weeks Ago #6

    Cerawy said: View Post
    Its mostly just leftover folders from uninstalled programs
    As Brink said, you need to set appropriate permissions. Changing ownership should change the permissions to those that you but you should check.

    Alternatively, run File explorer as Admin for these housekeeping tasks.

    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 2 Weeks Ago at 01:13.
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  7.    2 Weeks Ago #7

    What do you mean?
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  8. Posts : 1,136
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       2 Weeks Ago #8

    Change Permissions of File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key for Users and Groups in Windows 10
    or
    Make a shortcut to C:\Windows\explorer.exe then right-click on it and select Run as Admin.

    You will then be able to delete those leftover folders from uninstalled programs.

    Denis
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  9.    2 Weeks Ago #9

    Sorry, but i dont really understand what you mean.
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  10. Posts : 1,136
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       1 Week Ago #10

    Please can you be more specific about what it is that you do not understand.
    1 Make a shortcut to C:\Windows\explorer.exe [Create Shortcut to App, File, Folder, Drive, or Website in Windows 10], then
    2 right-click on it, and
    3 select Run as Admin

    You will then be able to delete those leftover folders from uninstalled programs.
    - I do not know what folders you want to delete or what has been stopping you from doing so.
    - You might find that the only way to get rid of them is to boot from a USB [e.g. Ubuntu disk] and then delete the leftovers in that environment.
    - If they are Avast folders then seek advice on the Avast user forum [if one exists].

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