Change ownership and control permissions for folders files that wont delete in Vista PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009 21:01
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Change ownership and control permissions for folders / files that wont delete in Windows Vista

Windows Vista is set up to protect files that are important.  In order to delete them you need to follow this article.


Before you start, do the following:

Step One

Turn off the "User Controls" for your Vista account. Your Vista account has Administrative privileges.
To do this:
1. Click Start and click Control Panel.
2. Click User Accounts and Family Safety.
3. Click User Accounts
4. Click Turn User Account Control on or off.
5. Click the box beside the Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer option to remove the check mark.
6. Click OK.

Step two

Set your Vista desktop "theme" to classic start menu and classic folders.)

1. Click Start and open the Control Panel.

2. Click Appearance and Personalization.

3. Click Personalization.

4. Click Theme.

5. Select the Windows Classic option from the drop down menu and click OK.

Now lets get started.

Step Three

Be sure you are in Windows Explorer then navigate to the folder you want to delete... then follow these steps below

1. Right click on folder (Context menu appears.)
2. Select "Properties" ("[Folder Name] Properties" dialog appears.)
3. Click the "Security" tab.
4. Click "Advanced" button (Advanced Security Settings for [Folder Name] appears.)
5. Click "Owner" tab.
6. Click "Edit" button.
7. Click new owner's name in "Change owner to" box.
8. Click box to check "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects".
9. 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.

Step four
When you are done go back and change "User Controls" (step one) for your Vista account.

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