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Permission to delete files or folders

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by micky135, Jun 9, 2011.

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  1. micky135

    micky135 Thread Starter

    Jun 9, 2011
    My OS is windows 7 I use a Freecom 500gb external drive and find that I am requested to seek permission from the administrator (myself I think) to delete some files that have many digit numbers and are empty.I find I cannot delete them there are about a dozen of them
  2. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    Usually this is because the files are "in use". They cannot be removed while they are being accessed. Sometimes, what that is might be hard to find, but there are many programs that run in the background to monitor images, some installed along with printers.

    You can use these to remove the files on next boot:

    Emco Move On Boot

    Or, you can try to find out what process is locking the files:


    But be careful about deleting files if you do not know what they are.
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