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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

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

So maybe your problem is similar to this one. There is an answer there which may be useful.

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