Can't delete a file - Access is denied to Administrator

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by jeff, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. jeff

    jeff Guest

    I have an mpeg file on my local hard drive that I cannot delete. My account
    is an administrator account, running under vista ultimate. When I look at the
    file properties I see that the ownership is unassigned (unable to display
    current owner), but when I attempt to take ownership, windows security
    reports "Unable to set new owner on [filename]. Access is denied."

    Can anyone recommend steps to delete this file?
    jeff, Aug 4, 2007
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  2. jeff

    dean-dean Guest

    Try this. Right-click Command Prompt, and choose Run as Administrator.
    Type the following command, and then press

    takeown /f Path_And_File_Name

    For example, type:
    takeown /f C:\Users\You\Downloads\unwanted.mp3

    Type the following command, and then press ENTER to grant
    administrators full access to the file:

    icacls Path_And_File_Name /GRANT ADMINISTRATORS:F

    For example, type:
    icacls C:\Users\You\Downloads\unwanted.mp3 /grant administrators:F

    Then try to delete unwanted.mp3.

    If that doesn't work, try to delete the file in Safe Mode.
    dean-dean, Aug 4, 2007
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  3. jeff

    Guest Guest

    Played the mpeg with vista mediaplayer ? take and install vlc-player :)
    do not use mediaplayer it kinda sucks :D
    Guest, Aug 4, 2007
  4. I ran into a 3 gig file just yesterday that was seemingly impossible to
    delete. I tried everything.

    I then ran chkdsk g: /f (fix option) on the partition. I was then able to
    delete the file (it had apparently become corrupted).



    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
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    Richard Urban, Aug 4, 2007
  5. jeff

    gdoran Guest

    What can you do if takeown is getting 'access denied" when trying t
    take ownership
    gdoran, Mar 27, 2008
  6. jeff

    Bob Guest

    How are you running takeown?
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    Bob, Mar 27, 2008
  7. jeff

    gdoran Guest

    takedown /f foldername /r. Get Sucess: the fodler foldername is now
    owned by domainname\gdoran. Then get Info: access is denied
    foldername\filename. Filename is set to read-only, can't seem to unset
    gdoran, Mar 27, 2008
  8. jeff

    Bob Guest

    Do this then try takeown again:
    attrib -r -a -s -h del [drive] path] [filename]
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    Bob, Mar 28, 2008
  9. jeff

    gdoran Guest

    Get a access denied trying to change the attribute with attrib
    gdoran, Mar 28, 2008
  10. jeff

    Bob Guest

    Run the command from an Administrator Command prompt.
    Bob, Mar 28, 2008
  11. Hy. I runned into that damn problem too. And after days of searching I finally found this software: Long Path Tool.
    It's GREAT. You can find it here:
    Mihaela Roata, Nov 3, 2010
  12. jeff


    Mar 21, 2012
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    Hi friends you can solve by this long path Tool
    Danteskasas, Mar 21, 2012
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