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My admin account cannot rename a folder

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I have a laptop with Windows Vista Ultimate. I recently reinstalled the OS using the CD that came with it, so now its clean again.
     In the Windows folder there is a folder that I need to rename, but it won't let me. I get a pop-up telling me "You need permission to perform this action." That's odd considering that my account is an administator account. So then I give that account ownership and Full Control over that folder, but it still won't let me rename it.
     Why?
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by:Pramod Ubhe
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Try to rename it in safe mode.
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by:John Hurst
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Also take a look a Total Commander (http://www.ghisler.com/). It generally allows you to rename files/folders and will prompt for admin authorities if it needs to.

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It is normal that you cannot rename sub-folders under the windows folder as the folders are protected by the OS and should not be renamed to avoid making your OS unstable.
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First thing we normally do not touch any folder with in Windows Folder as it could hamper system performance. If you still want to rename it then try to take ownership of that folder from Advanced Tab and then try to rename it.
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by:nobus
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that is because the admin acoount is not the real Admin account
here how to enable it :  http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/enable-the-hidden-administrator-account-on-windows-vista/
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by:John Hurst
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The first used Windows 7 account is a full Administrator account and should be able to do everything. It does for me and all my client machines.

If you have to enable the hidden administrator account to solve your problem, be certain to disable it again after completing your work. Never leave this account enabled in Windows 7.

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by:McKnife
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Would it be a problem to tell us what folder you are talking about?
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