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Cannot rename a folder

When I try to rename a certain folder, it is giving me "Access is Denied".  I am logged in as Administrator and looking at the security tab, Administrators have all rights except "Special Permissions".  I'm wondering if that could be the problem?  Under advanced, Administrators have all rights to "This folder, subfolders and files".  I don't understand why I cannot rename this folder?  It was once a shared folder, but I turned off.  Any ideas?
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BPL
Windows Server 2003

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mass2612

8/22/2022 - Mon
mass2612

Hi,

How far down the folder structure is this folder? Are the names of any of the folders very long? I have seen similar issues in the past where either the path is really long of the folder names were too long.

I normally resolve this by creating a share directly above the folder and then connect using \\servername\sharename and then can rename the folder and then remove the share.

You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/320081
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is it inheriting any deny permissions from folders above?
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bpl5000

This folder is in the root of C: so there are no folders above it.
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bpl5000

mass2612, I think you are right... I found a subfolder called "Licensing System" that cannot be renamed.  I think a licensing service is referencing the folder or a file.
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Or maybe "Licensing System" is a reserved name in the Win32 name space.
mass2612

If there is a service or process running using that folder/filename then you probably don't want to rename or remove the folder as it will break the application. Of course if you no longer need the app/service etc then you should un-install it if possible.
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