Windows 10 Error "You Require Permission From (Username) to make changes"

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Hello, I'm trying to clean up my old disks but it seems to be a challenge, especially when Windows 10 decides to take ownership of random files. I have this pretty big folder, it's just an old backup but it takes up 10GBs of space and I want it gone. But Windows isn't letting me delete it.

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I get this message. I HAVE taken ownership but I don't know what to do. Thanks
 

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These type of errors tend to be from NTFS permissions. As an admin, you can take ownership of these files (I forget which command it was in cmd/ps) to access the directory tree normally, then use x/robo or similar commands to delete them directly.

Although sometimes these files may be encrypted by Windows using a unique key for that user. I think that only applies to Windows Ultimate/Enterprise users however.
 
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Have you tried to format the disk, if of course you tried to delete everything from it?

I can't. This is a drive that has tons of backups and I have no other drive large enough to move it on to


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I can't. This is a drive that has tons of backups and I have no other drive large enough to move it on to


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I see.
Maybe try to mount it under some Linux, to delete it from there?
 
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Already tried. I even added the disk to fstab with full perms.


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Dang I have no idea then.
My own guess would be to backup everything important if you could, then fully format it to start fresh.
 
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Windows 10 is pretty fucked up how it handles folders and shares and permissions... I have had this error sooo many times.

Anyway right click the folder select security, under owner rights check to see if if it's not checked. Also if that doesn't work you can try to add an "everyone" group with full permissions and see if that lets you delete it.
 
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Hello, I'm trying to clean up my old disks but it seems to be a challenge, especially when Windows 10 decides to take ownership of random files. I have this pretty big folder, it's just an old backup but it takes up 10GBs of space and I want it gone. But Windows isn't letting me delete it.

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I get this message. I HAVE taken ownership but I don't know what to do. Thanks
After you take ownership you have to grant yourself full permissions (done from the properties window)
It's a hassle but it's an important security feature. Important things like OS files are not meant to be writable by anyone so they have permissions set to read only, and when you make a backup of the files those permissions are copied across.
Windows 10 is pretty fucked up how it handles folders and shares and permissions... I have had this error sooo many times.

Anyway right click the folder select security, under owner rights check to see if if it's not checked. Also if that doesn't work you can try to add an "everyone" group with full permissions and see if that lets you delete it.
It's not something unique to Windows. Linux has had a file permission system since it was invented, Windows has only had it since the introduction of NTFS, and it wasn't really made use of until Vista. Only it's easier and much quicker to give yourself permission to files on Linux or even su to root and do it that way.
 

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cd to Desktop and try running this from an elevated CMD.
icacls * /T /Q /C /RESET

This totally resets the NTFS permission attributes on all files and folders in the working directory.
 
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Just do the ownership thing some people mentioned here already instead of ignoring these answers and only trying the wrong ones -.-V
I already have, as said in my OP

It magically fixed it'self anyways. I wish I could post solution
 

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