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Can't delete file - Require permission from myself

by DFxSteel / October 21, 2015 7:52 AM PDT

-Windows 7 Professional, 32-Bit
-Panasonic Toughbook CF-53

I am attempting to delete a folder in the process of turning over the computer to a friend. When I try to delete the folder, I receive an error message

"You need permission to perform this action"

"You require permission from TheComputer-PC\TheComputer (that's my one and only account) to make changes to this folder"

I have attempted to take ownership of the folder, through properties as well as cmd prompt, but I wasn't able to.

I have tried running "Unlocker" software, but it was unable to do anything to help.

I've scanned it with Avast, SpyBot, and Malwarebytes, and it's come up clean on all of them.

Any ideas on how I can get this folder gone?

Thanks!

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by DFxSteel / October 21, 2015 8:00 AM PDT

OP here - I have also tried to delete it in safe mode.

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When I run into this kind of thing, I boot Linux & delete.
by wpgwpg / October 21, 2015 8:00 AM PDT

You can make a DVD with Linux Mint, boot from it, and be up and running with an interface similar to Windows. It boots in about 3 min. THEN you can delete to your heart's content. You can download Mint Linux here:
http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php
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Good luck.

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The one and only account disasters are too many.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 21, 2015 8:13 AM PDT

Because Microsoft's design means you can get locked out if the lone account suffers a corrupt profile (google corrupt profile), when I see or read lone accounts or one account I have to comment.

On Windows NT and forward you must have a spare Admin capable account to make the thankfully rare corrupt profile a non-event rather than a nightmare.

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