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    Question I need permission to delete a .jpg file!

    I am using Win7 Home Premium, fully updated, 8gb memory.

    In a subdirectory of my portable hard drive I keep backups of my photos. In the Kocuments\3Pictures\AZAD pps folder there are 115 pictures, 38 of them (all .jpg) I cannot delete. I get the "You need permission to perform this action. You require permission from the computer's administrator to make changes to this file...Item type:JPEG Image" Try Again or Cancel are my only options.

    I have tried opening WinExp as administrator. No good, doesn't work, can't delete. I have tried changing the owner (who is me as far as I can see, anyway I am the only one on the computer, it's MY computer!), no good, doesn't work. Even opening WinExp as admin, I can't do ANYThING to these files. I'm going nuts!

    I'm at my wit's end trying to figure out 1) why it is only these files in that folder that I cannot delete; and 2) how I am going to be able to delete them.

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    As it's a portable drive you may be able to delete the files on another computer.

    cheers, Paul

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    Follow all the steps listed here .

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    I tried to follow the directions and they worked until the part about granting permissions. It says " Click on Edit button in Properties windows Click ok to confirm UAC elevation request." but there is NO edit button in any of the tabs except the Security tab so how do I get to the "confirm UAC elevation"?

    I've noticed that the folder that contains the .jpg files has a little lock symbol on it and none of the jpg files shows the picture, only a generic icon instead of a small photo.

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    Have you tried deleting them from the command line, make sure you run it as the Administrator? Or seeing if you can copy them to another folder and then manipulate them using the aforementioned instructions or otherwise? If you can you could then try copying them back and replacing the originals, then deleting them.

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    Thanks for your advice. I couldn't do ANYTHING with the files (I couldn't copy or move them) but using the command prompt I was able to delete all of the files. It's been so long since I've used a command prompt I can't remember how to delete the directory. I tried del \azad pps (the directory name) but that didn't work. I can live with an empty file but I'd like to delete it if I can.

    I also don't know what the lock symbol on the directory means---presumably it means the dir is locked but how did I manage to do that?

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    I tried rmdir "AZAD pps" but it told me access is denied. I'm stumped on how to either unlock the directory or delete it.

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    OTR,
    Have you tried Unlocker:
    http://www.filehippo.com/download_unlocker/

    Zig

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    Were you outside of the directory at the time you tried deleting it? Did you type it exactly like you stated: rmdir "AZAD pps" (with "s since there's a space in the name)? If so try: http://forums.techguy.org/windows-7/...lock-icon.html.

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    Cool

    For the personal computer, where you are the owner, operator and Administrator, UAC is nothing but a PITA. So turn it off.
    Then, no windows 7 setup is complete till you've installed "Take Ownership" and then taken ownership of all pertinent folders.
    This one step takes a few minutes to complete, but will save you lots of time and frustration later on down the line.

    "Disable UAC" and "Take Ownership" are two little scripts that are so closely associated with each other, that I just put them into ONE script for my own use.

    MS Windows is the only place where we seem to accept a bunch of wires and circuit boards telling us we don't have permission to do something we want or need to do,,,,, and we OWN the dang thing!!!! How long would you put up with your car telling you that you don't have permission to turn on the radio, or open your trunk? Or, your TV telling you that you don't have permission to change a channel.???
    It's ridiculous, for anyone to allow their PC to boss them around! Show it who's BOSS......"Take Ownership".

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    taking ownership in right-click menu

    A the bottom of the link JWITALKA sent you I found this link from the same source to a download he wrote for adding "take ownership" to the right click menu. I confess I have not tried it yet as I still run XP though I have installed and manage 7 on my girlfriends machine. I post the link below. Yours Arava


    http://www.blogsdna.com/2173/add-tak...-windows-7.htm

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    ""Disable UAC" and "Take Ownership" are two little scripts that are so closely associated with each other, that I just put them into ONE script for my own use.""

    Is there a way I could get those scripts from you?

    Thanks....
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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualist1965 View Post
    ""Disable UAC" and "Take Ownership" are two little scripts that are so closely associated with each other, that I just put them into ONE script for my own use.""

    Is there a way I could get those scripts from you?

    Thanks....
    virtualist,
    Hello.... You can get a free program that does this and morehttp://unlockforus.blogspot.com/2007...-tips-and.html I'm using the old version 1.76 for Vista and "7" haven't seen the need to update ...you can still download the old if you wish. Regards Fred
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Finally a solution to one of the most vexing idiotic "features" of Win 7. M$ should have included some sort of option to prevent the UAC "feature" from activating every time the user initiates a program .exe action. Yes, of course I would like to be notified if some rogue app tries to run something on my machine. But it's my machine, and I don't need M$ to warn me every time I personally attempt to run something.

    I have deactivated UAC, and will now be implementing the "universal Take Ownership" solution. I knew how to do that with individual files, but a "universal" solution is much better. Thanks again, DrWho!

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    DrWho, would you be kind enough to post the command for universal take ownership?

    cheers, Paul

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