I have an old Dropbox folder that I don't want to use anymore.

No matter what I try, I keep on receiving "permission denied" while trying to remove it. I could remove its content easily, except a single folder, that used to be shared with another Dropbox user.

I uninstalled Dropbox completely, I rebooted the computer, but this folder still won't go away.

I have all the NTFS permissions on the folder. Even "Everyone" has all the permission on the folder and its subcontent :

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The weirdest thing is that when I try to delete the folder the error says that I need a permission from (SomeUser). This is the user I'm logged in with ...

I'm even the owner of the folder

How can I finally get rid of this folder ?

  • Did you try to open it with administration rights? – Murat Kaçiran Apr 2 '19 at 14:11
  • I am logged in with the administrator account. – Arthur Attout Apr 2 '19 at 14:18
  • I know, but sometimes there is the need to still run it with administration rights. It says in English: "Run as administrator" when right clicked. So open Dropbox with administration rights and try again. – Murat Kaçiran Apr 2 '19 at 14:19
  • It shouldn't matter, but anyway, I delete my folders with a CMD ran as administrator, so the privileges are there – Arthur Attout Apr 2 '19 at 14:25

You can install cygwin if not already then navigate to the folder above the one you are trying to delete.

The command rm -rf folder_name will force the removal of the folder.

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    This still yields a permission denied error. – Arthur Attout Apr 2 '19 at 13:49
  • It's too early to suggest these complex things. It can be fixed in a probably much easier way. – Murat Kaçiran Apr 2 '19 at 14:22
  • Anyway, Cygwin is still on top of NTFS permissions, so this wouldn't have worked – Arthur Attout Apr 2 '19 at 14:28

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