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How to Delete folder in Windows 7

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I have a folder that was formerly used by Windows 7 for a user's data. It is called c:\users\elisha_del. I can't delete it. When I try to delete it, I am told "you'll need to provide administrator permission to delete this folder."

I am already logged in as an administrator. When I click continue I am told "folder access denied. You'll need permission to perform this action..." When I click "try again" nothing happens.

I have tried to make myself the owner of this object and to give myself "full control." but I still can't delete the folder. There is a little "lock" on the folder icon when I view it in windows explorer.

What do I do now?
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Question by:Lev Seltzer
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Just because you are logged in as an administrator doesn't mean the apps run as an administrator (anymore).

Right click Explorer and select "Run as Administrator" - then navigate to that folder's parent folder and try to delete it.
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by:federicomarinucci
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From the Operative Center edit Accounts Control Settings for your account (Administrator) and drag the vertical bar you'll find under this menu to the LOWEST possible level. The operating system should never prompt anymore to run things as an Administrator, instead it will execute commands just like windows XP did so far.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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In my opinion, HORRIBLE ADVICE.  Disabling User Account Control is NOT a great idea.  It's there for a reason!
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by:acl-puzz
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Hi

Try tips mentioned here but must have a backup of parent folder first!

http://osthings.wordpress.com/2008/12/07/error-access-is-denied-to-this-folder/
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by:MinoDC
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try this:

right click on My Computer and choice Properties ; Click , to left, Advacend Setting e next choice User Profile.
Select user that you want delete and click Delete.
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Neurom earned 500 total points
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Check  if you are the owner of the folder you want to delete in the security  properties and if not, become the owner and try again to delete the folder.
(Note: To change the owner of all subcontainers and objects within the tree, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box, that if there are other folders or files within the folder you want to delete.)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753659.aspx

Hope this help,
Regards
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by:Lev Seltzer
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leew: explorer running as administrator did not work.

acl-puzz: the first two suggestions from the link did not work. The third recommended a 3rd party utility at a website that was deemed unsafe, so I did not go further.

MinoDC: I am trying to delete a folder that was previously used for a user. But that user does not exist any longer.

Neurom: Thank you. It worked.
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by:federicomarinucci
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if the folder is locked by windows or still in use by any unknown process you can use Unlocker 1.9.0 to delete/rename it! It is a great file deletion tool completely freeware!

http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/
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