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In Windows 7, I am trying to open a file in my documents. When I do, I get the error message:

You don't have permission to open this file. Contact the file owner or an administrator to obtain permission.

What I have tried:

  • I have tried restarting and taking ownership of the file.
  • I logged on from the Administrator account and still couldn't open or modify it.
  • I can modify every other file in the folder.

This problem first started occurring after I saved it in Photoshop. All of a sudden I could no longer overwrite the file or open it in any other program.

I cannot open it in FileAssasin because I get the error message as I explained, even when running as admin. If I copy the path in to FileAssassin, I get the error:

The file you have specified does not exists or is not visible to FileASSASIN. Please select another file.

Any ideas? I would really rather not install some sort of bootable file deletion program or Linux, it doesn't seem worth it just to delete one file.

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Good description of the problem and what you've tried. Have you tried accessing the file in Safe Mode? – CharlieRB Nov 9 '12 at 18:18
Is your post about why you don't have permission, or simply about how to get rid of the file, or both? For deletion, try del "\\?\Drive:\Path to\file.ext" from an elevated command prompt. – Karan Nov 9 '12 at 21:29

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