Admin Security permissions

Greetings EE Pros,

I'm running Win7 and am the administrator of my Desktop.  After years of using this system, I decided to clean it up, copy my data file over and then reformat the drive (I have a separate drive "D" as a Data Drive only).   Here's the interesting part.  The system says I do not have permission to delete several of the files after deleting 98% of everything else on the drive.  And the files that it won't allow access to are files I created.  As Admin.  I thought I had permission to do everything on my PC.  How do I reset the security restrictions on the stubborn files and delete them so I can get on with cleaning up the file and reloading?  Any ideas would be appreciated.

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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Are you deleting/moving files?  
Any chance they are currently in use by the system and so Windows isn't allowing you to delete them as that would cause system instability?

Although you are the "admin", the "SYSTEM" has more rights than you on some of the file structure unless you take ownership of those.

If you've copied them across though this is really moot as if you reformat they will be removed as part of that.

If you're interested in what's going on "under the hood" with files that can't be deleted try LockHunter
EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
You could reboot into safe mode and then try deleting the files in question ..... or

It deals with locked files very effectively

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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Unlocker used to be my first choice for this but it is now bundled with a lot of junk
For how to install it safely.
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
Robocopy files and ensure that all files copied by reviewing the summary at the end, then format drive.
If you are going to format drive anyways you just need to ensure you get copies of all files, you do not need to remove it from C drive
Bright01Author Commented:
Thanks!  I finally got them to unlock using standard Windows 7 Tools and then erased them.  Permissions, locking, admin. ownership, file sharing, HomeGroup, etc. etc.  I think you need a PhD to run your personal PC these days!!!!  ;-)

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