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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

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    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

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    try booting into safe mode and deleting it then.
     
  3. DaveA

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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

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    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

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    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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