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Vista Will not let me change a folder from read only

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by swmackin, Sep 30, 2009.

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  1. swmackin

    swmackin Thread Starter

    Sep 29, 2009
    So I am logged in as administrator. I need to delete a file that is in the "Downloaded Program Files" directory of the "Windows" directory. I right click on the file and only get "properties" as an option. Nothing I do will let me delete it. Even tried deleting the entire directory the file is in and Vista will not let me. This file is damaged and causing problems in IE. I need it deleted.

    Also, never had this problem before. I paid a lot of money for this computer and OS. Not sure why it will not let me delete a file I do not want. Would I be better off with Linex?
  2. Keywal


    Sep 21, 2009
    try booting into safe mode and deleting it then.
  3. DaveA

    DaveA Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Nov 16, 1999
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    I think this "Downloaded Program Files" folder is a System folder put there by Windows and can not be removed.
    It is there for the programs that are written to use it. Mine currently has several Java updates, a Genuine Advantage tools.

    I would NOT worry about it and leave it alone.

    Note: it is also there on Windows 7
  4. TheOutcaste


    Aug 7, 2007
    First check to see if the program is listed in Control Panel | Programs | Uninstall a program (Control Panel | Programs and Features)

    If not, then check in Internet Options:
    In IE, Tools | Internet Options, or Control Panel | (Network and Internet) | Internet Options
    Click the Programs tab
    Click the Manage add-ons button.
    Select the Active-X object and click the Delete button.

    The Read-Only attribute on a folder has nothing to do with files being read only. It a flag to Windows that it should check for a desktop.ini file to see if the folder has been customized, and should not be changed.
  5. Pookie


    Dec 31, 2004
    go oldschool command line and set the attrib so you can delete it.

    attrib -r path/filename

    will remove the read only bit
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