Need permission to delete folder after Windows 10 upgrade

since I upgraded my lynx tablet to windows 10 I am unable to delete files. I need space for new data so its really annoying. I  am logged in with my Microsoft account and yet it tells me I must get my  own permission to delete the file................!!!!!!!!!

This is ridiculous what am I supposed to do?

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Hi Jill,

Thank you for posting in Community.

We understand your concern and we will provide the assistance required to help you resolve the issue.

As per the information that you have provided, I would like to inform that during the upgrade process there might be few system files that may have been corrupted. To rectify this, I suggest that you follow the steps below and check if it helps.

Give Permission to the folder/drive that you are facing the issue with.

  • In Windows Explorer, right-click the file or folder you want to work with.
  • From the pop-up menu, select Properties, and then in the Properties dialog box click the Security tab.

In the Name list box, select the user, contact, computer, or group whose permissions you want to view. If the permissions are dimmed, it means the permissions are inherited from a parent object.

 Turn off UAC (User Account Control)

Before you can do anything, you must turn off the UAC, or you will be locked out of the following steps.

1) Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> User Accounts
2) Click "Change User Account Control Settings"
3) Move slider all the way down to "Never Notify"
4) Reboot

2) Take Ownership

Yes take ownership. Even though you are logged on as an Administrator, you can't change files that don't belong to you. The Program Files folder is set to the Trusted Installer group and the Administrator doesn't have the rights to change anything. So now we have to claim all the files and folders.

1) Open Windows Explorer
2) R-Click on Program Files -> Properties -> Security Tab
3) Click Advanced -> Owner
4) Click Edit
5) Select Administrators -> Put a checkmark in Replace owner on subcontainers & objects -> Apply
6) Wait a while.....
7) When it finishes, Click OK on all boxes to close everything

3) Fix Permissions

Now that you own the files, you have to give yourself permission to modify them

1) R-Click on Program Files -> Properties -> Security Tab
2) Click Advanced -> Change Permission
3) Select Administrators (any entry) -> Edit
4) Change the Apply To drop down box to This Folder, Subfolder & Files
5) Put check in Full Control under Allow column -> OK -> Apply
6) Wait some more.....
7) When it finishes, the dialog boxes may hide behind the Explorer window. Minimize it and click OK on all the the dialog boxes

8) Reboot PC.

Hope this helps 

         

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Hi Vanessa

Sorry for the delay I haven't had time to look at his again until now. I had already looked at permissions which are identical for administrator and myself. However I worked through your solution until I reached 2) 3) Click advanced ->owner. There was no option in this screen of advanced then owner. There was owner,  with a change  link but again no option to edit and whichever page I looked at I couldn't find "Replace owner on subcontainer and objects".

Could it work if I disabled inherited permissions ?

Jill

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I'm stuck at the same point as you. Have you found a solution?

Kyle

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i did everything it says i have full premission but it still wont let me delete my folder 

im trying to delete steam i have already uninstalled it and when i try to re install it it says destination folder must be empty and idk what to do ive tried all tutorials

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Hi Trey,

We can see here that you are having issues deleting your folders. Having said that, we need to determine the cause of this problem. Before we proceed, may we know the following:

  • Any changes made on the computer prior to this concern?
  • What troubleshooting steps have you tried so far?
  • Is this the first time that you encountered this problem?
  • Can you send us a screenshot with the error message that you are getting when trying to delete a folder? Note: Please do not include any personal information.

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Hi Desiree,

I believe I may be experiencing the same issue as Trey, or this is something else, but I am also having issues with uninstalling folders. I started experiencing this a few months ago while trying to delete some game files from the Steam folder. At first I thought it was a virus or malware, but I couldn't find anything.

So I formatted my computer and reinstalled the operating system, hoping that would fix my issues. But I am still running into this wall and would like to find a fix.

As you can see from my screenshot, I am attempting to delete the game folder KOAReckoning, but am running into the issue of requiring permission from myself. I have even set the ownership of the folder, sub-folders, and files to myself. I am an administrator and I own the files, yet I can't delete them.

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Hi,

Deleting the file using CMD is another way that we can suggest for you to remove the game files. Type RD /S /Q plus the file path that you would like to delete.

Example: RD /S /Q C:\Program Files (x86)\Steamapps\common\GreyGoo

Get back to us if you need further assistance.

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Hi!  I tried this, and it says the system cannot find the file specified. It's there. Trust me. I've had the exact same issue as everyone above me and tried everything above. 

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Hello, 

Issue as such may occur due to a system conflicts or any system misconfigurations. To get a better grip of your concern, we'd like to verify the following:

  • Have you made any recent changes prior to this issue? 

  • What troubleshooting steps have you done so far to resolve your concern? 

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Hello, 

Issue as such may occur due to a system conflicts or any system misconfigurations. To get a better grip of your concern, we'd like to verify the following:

  • Have you made any recent changes prior to this issue? 

  • What troubleshooting steps have you done so far to resolve your concern? 

Regards.

It started happening to me on the morning of 6/3/17, when I started my computer, nothing has changed since the night before when the issue was not occurring (or at least I did not notice it occurring. I even did a complete fresh install, reinstalling the OS and deleting all my files and the problem still remains. The only change of recent is a windows update on the 27th of last month.

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