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    Security Gone Wild: Can't Delete a Folder in Win 7

    I am the sole user of my laptop, with full administrator privileges. I am logged in as myself. Despite this, when I try to delete a folder that was installed when I unzipped a zip file, I get the error message, "You need permission to perform this action. You require permission from Terry-Laptop\Terry to make changes to this folder." If I try to remove everything from the bottom up, I get an error message that I need the administrator's permission to remove the file. When I examine the sole file's advanced security settings, it says, "Unable to display current owner," but won't let me designate Terry or Administrator as the owner because I don't have ownership. Catch-22.

    How can I delete this file and its containing directories?

    Thank you,
    Terry

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    Take Ownership first, then run As Administrator the program you are using to do the Delete...
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    I rebooted and was able to delete the folder. Never mind (think Emily Litella, aka Gilda Radner).

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    for future use download takeownership then you can right click any folder or file and change permissions to owner with 2 clicks.
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    There's also another utility you can use provided you have .NET Framework 4.0 installed.

    It's called WinOwnership and there's an article about it with a download link here: Gain Full Control of Windows System Files

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