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Created On: 04/30/2008 01:50 PM
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 04/30/2008 01:50 PM
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How to erase a folder Vista refuses to erase (i.e. protected system-owned folders):
[Repost from tech section]
01. Right click on folder (Context menu appears.)
02. Select "Properties" ("[Folder Name] Properties" dialog appears.)
03. Click the "Security" tab.
04. Click "Advanced" button (Advanced Security Settings for [Folder Name] appears.)
05. Click "Owner" tab.
06. Click "Edit" button.
07. Click new owner's name in "Change owner to" box.
08. Click box to check "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects".
09. Click "Apply" button. ("Changing ownership of..." progress message appears.)
10. Click "Yes" to acknowledge "Windows Security" warning.
11. Click OK to close topmost "Advanced Security Settings" dialog.
12. Click "Permissions" tab (first tab) on current "Advanced Security Settings" dialog.
13. Click "Edit" button.
14. Click to select the Administrator in the "Permission Entries" box.
15. NOTE: If "Administrator" appears more than once, select the one that has "Subfolders and files only" in the "Apply To" column.
16. Click Edit button. ("Permission Entry for [Folder Name]" dialog appears.)
17. Click to check "Apply these permissions to objects..." option.
18. Click to check ALL the boxes in the "Allow" column.
19. Click "OK" (Dialog box closes, return to "Advance Security Settings" dialog.)
20. Click to check "Include inheritable permissions..." option.
21. Click to check "Replace all existing inheritable permissions..." option.
22. Click "Apply" button. ("Windows Security" confirmation dialog appears.)
23. Click "Yes" to confirm that you wish to continue.
24. Watch progress indicator on the "Windows Security: Setting security information..." dialog.
25. When all security information has been applied, the progress indicator dialog will close automatically.
26. You are now at the "Advanced Security Settings for [Folder Name]" dialog box... the "Permissions" tab should be visible.
27. Click "OK" and the dialog box closes, revealing the previous dialog box.
28. Click "OK" and the dialog box closes, revealing the "Properties" dialog box.
29. Click "OK" and the "Properties" dialog box closes.
30. Return to Windows Explorer and delete the folder.

Happy clean-up.

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 04/30/2008 02:01 PM
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 04/30/2008 03:32 PM
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I did mention it's a repost.
Back then (when I wrote this) the guides section was unstabile and the guides were disintegrating.

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 04/30/2008 04:29 PM
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I failed to see the repost comment...

I need to add these to my diet


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 05/01/2008 07:00 PM
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In all the time I've been using Vista, I've never had to do anything that even remotely looks like those steps. I maybe will get the confirm permission dialog box but that's it.

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 05/02/2008 01:35 AM
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That means you never needed to erase a protected directory.

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 05/02/2008 04:15 AM
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I'm always logged in is my user that was created as admin during install, and actually I've deleted system files before that required a repair to even just get the pc to "boot again".. one of my early efforts to reduce vista disk space.. I quickly learned Vista doesn't like to be cleaned up by a user that has full system rights and tries to free up disk space by randomly deleting what he considers "fat"...

I think what OM is referring to here are your basic user accounts that have no rights to system files and folders.
If he's not, then he's just suffering from a small case of "dementia"..

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 05/02/2008 07:19 AM
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Yes, it does not apply to assimilated administrator account (for which the user has to enable the hidden admin account and log in with it). That one has sufficient rights to do a lot more then a standard pseudo-admin account (like the one created at setup).

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 05/02/2008 08:18 AM
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Originally posted by: Overmind

That means you never needed to erase a protected directory.


No. It means I am logged in as an admin with the same permissions as system. This must have been created during the install as Mike stated.
A while ago when I installed a second hard drive, the first time I went to use it a message popped up stating I did not have permissions to use the drive. The message also asked if I wanted to gain permissions, and I clicked yes. Full control with one click.

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 05/05/2008 11:45 AM
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The admin you set up when installing is not a full admin, but an UAC controlled restricted admin.

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