Admin gets "Access denied" when trying to delete.

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by Kjetil Thorstensen, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. Hi.

    I'm doing some housekeeping, deleting inactive users, obsolete applications
    and so forth - or at least trying to. I keep getting "Access denied" all
    over the place. The files cannot be in use - I've tried rebooting, even
    isolating the server from the network and then rebooting without success.
    (It's very late evening to early night in Norway - no users on...)

    Isn't administrator the highest level there is - with license to whatever
    he/she wants to do? Isn't that the whole point?

    Is there any way to force a deletion? I mean short of formatting the disk
    and restoring everything else from backup?

    Kjetil Thorstensen
    Kjetil Thorstensen, Jul 8, 2004
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  2. Hi Kjetil,

    Thanks for your posting here.

    Please try to take ownership of these files then delete again. Here are the

    1. Right-click the folder/files, and then click Properties.
    2. Click the Security tab.
    3. Click the Advanced button.
    4. Click the Owner tab.
    5. In the "Change Owner to" dialog box, select the Administrators group or
    the administrator account that you are currently logged on with, and then
    click OK.
    6. In the Security dialog box, assign Full Control permissions to the
    administrator account.

    Another possible cause is that the file maybe corrupted. You can also run
    CHKDSK /F on the volume that contains the file.

    Have a nice day!

    Bob Qin
    Product Support Services
    Microsoft Corporation

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    Bob Qin [MSFT], Jul 9, 2004
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