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When deleting certain files from the Program Files directory using the Administrator account, I got the following pop-up:

Folder Access Denied

How should I work around this? Why am I asked to require permission from "TrustedInstaller", despite using an Administrator's account?

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Are you trying to delete Windows.old ? –  HackToHell Oct 31 '12 at 17:11
    
Trying to delete some files under "Program File", left after un unstallation of software. Windows.old is something left after upgrade to Windows 8 ? –  A.Antri Oct 31 '12 at 17:15
    
Thanks for the the clarification –  HackToHell Oct 31 '12 at 17:18
    
There were some extension files that seemed a little delete resistant, but that was solved by cutting and moving the files to my Dropbox and then deleting them from there. I suppose there could be different variations of that type of maneuver. –  user190133 Jan 21 '13 at 14:03
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You need to take the ownership of this folder and recursive files:

Many times you need to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows. For example, when you want to customize Windows UI and need to replace existing system files with a new one. You have to follow no. of steps to take ownership and grant yourself full permission to access the file or folder. But now you can do it in a single step.

Basicaly, folow this steps:

  1. Enter into the folder properties: enter image description here

  2. Go to "Security" and edit(with the Advanced buttom) the "CREATOR OWNER" owner to your user: enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here

Here you can also find a How-to video.

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http://www.howtogeek.com/downloads/TakeOwnership.zip

This requires a TakeOwnership registry hack. The files are in the link above.

In order to install the hack just execute the InstallTakeOwnership.reg file. Then restart the explorer.exe process. (You can do this in Task Manager) Now when you right click a file you should see an option to "Take Ownership".

Here is what it should look similar to:

enter image description here

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Nice, thank you. This used to bug me all the time, the "Take Ownership" registry hack completely solves this problem! –  akalucas May 2 '13 at 11:58
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TrustedInstaller is the built-in user account which Windows uses to install updates and Windows App.

The folder you're trying to open is owner by TrustedInstaller and no one else has read access. Being Administrator, you can change the permissions but only after you make yourself the owner.

If you're sure, you can become the owner and then delete the folder.

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