# Can't delete folder, need permission from adminstrator? [duplicate]

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There's a folder on my desktop called like 'example' and when I try to delete it it says "You require permission from the computer's admistrator to make changes to this folder" when checking the properties; the Current owner says "Unable to display current owner."

I have tried many solutions found online, including enabling & signing into the adminstrator account, but haven't been able to fix it. My situation is extremely similar to this.

I can't even open the folder. I am running Windows 7 x64 Home Premium. I can't do anything to the folder because I need permission from my 'computer administrator' It's extremely weird, and I can't fix it. Thanks in advance!

UPDATE: Yes, I'm adminsitrator on my computer.

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## marked as duplicate by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Mokubai♦, mpy, gronostaj, ShekharAug 26 '13 at 19:14

If you go to computer management (right-click on "My Computer" and select "Manage"), then "Shared Folders," and then "Open Files" ... is the file/folder listed there as Open? –  Uninspired May 28 '11 at 4:50
This is more than likely not an issue of Admin privileges. I would put money on this folder being used by an application or malware. Try booting into safe mode (F8 on boot) and deleting the folder. –  Paxamime May 30 '11 at 4:48
you can also try LongPathTool. its for deleting files,folder,pictures and etc. that "can't be deleted" :D –  user115503 Jan 26 '12 at 20:07

Try running Unlocker on the folder.

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Reset the properties of the folder.

Start menu → All Programs → Accessories → Right click on Command Prompt → Run As Administrator.

The type the following

cd\path\to\location\of\the\folder
takeown /r /d y /f example
icacls example /reset /t /c /q

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This works great. I made a batch file containing the two commands, replacing "example" with "%1" in the batch file. –  Jon Apr 7 '13 at 0:27
This worked great for me too when copying data from a HDD from an old XP machine. Bear in mind the top path is the parent directory for the folder you wish to change the properties of, in my scenario O:\Documents and Settings with example being the user directory name. –  HaydnWVN Apr 9 '13 at 9:05
this didn't work for me –  knocte May 5 at 17:09

Unlocker has helped me delete almost every stubborn file/folder I've come across. Perhaps you should give it a try.

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How about booting from some Linux Live CD and then deleting the folder from Linux? You can also use Volkov Commander, it should delete the folder...

This happened to me too. I was building something and Cywgin wouldn't let go. In the build process, there was a ls running somewhere that never completed. As soon as I killed the ls and the window that started up the build, the folder was no longer wacko. –  kmort Dec 19 '13 at 13:49