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Solved: Unable to delete files

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Dedcert, Sep 20, 2008.

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  1. Dedcert

    Dedcert Thread Starter

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    I have Vista home premium and I have disabled UAC. Sometimes when I uninstall a programme I get a warning saying that the system was unable to delete some files associated with the programme and that I should delete them myself if I want to. When I try to delete the files I'm told I don't have the necessary permissions to do so. I am the only user of the laptop and have no guest acc. . i.e. - when I start the laptop I don't need to sign in or anything , the thing just runs. I'm confused and don't know what to do !! PLEASE HELP this 55yr. old stupid technophobe.:confused:
     
  2. Timmy69

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    Hi,
    You can first go to User Accounts and re-check to see if you are the local admin (even though you say you're the only one using,??? just check first ^^)
    Afterward, if you're, check to see the file that you're trying to delete, are they still associate with another program/process that is still running. If it is then you have to halt them before being able to delete the objects.
    Also check the files permission set to them. (<<< this should least likely be the cause)
     
  3. Dedcert

    Dedcert Thread Starter

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    Thanks for making me sane again. In one instance the files were associated with another prog. and in another case I had to change the prog. permissions. I've no idea how I ended up without "Full Control" in the first place (I probably FIDDLE too much), but at least it is all sorted now thanks to your advice. I can't thank you enough. I'd buy you a drink if I could but you'll just have to be content with knowing you've saved me from tearing my hair out (what's left of it anyway !). THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!
     
  4. Timmy69

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    no problem o(^_^)o


    please set thread to solved, ty
     
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