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Need permission to delete files message

by grande351 / September 6, 2013 11:40 AM PDT

I've installed the hard drive from my old XP computer into my new Windows 7 machine. The drive had some files on it I wanted to keep and I thought the extra storage space would be helpful. The added drive shows up as the D: drive and seems to work well. There are some folders and files I'd like to delete, like old program and windows files, but every time I try I get a message stating that I need permission to do so. I'm the only user on my computer so I don't understand why I cannot delete the files. Is there a way around this?

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(NT) Google "Windows 7 take ownership"
by Jimmy Greystone / September 6, 2013 12:33 PM PDT
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Need permission to delete files message - Take Ownership
by livepcexpert7 / September 9, 2013 9:37 AM PDT

When you transfer folders from one operating system to another then you might get the error depending on your previous security.

You need to take ownership of the file or folder to copy, delete or move. For this you can download a registry tweak from -

and follow the instructions from

If you only want to delete a specific file or folder then download and install Unlocker from - and then install it. Right click the file that you want to delete and then select "Unlock" it will give you all possible options those are possible.

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