Windows 7 and its Ingenious Permission System

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moni94

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Hi. Today I tried to delete a folder only to get a message saying:

Folder access denied
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You need permission to perform this action
You require permission from PC\<myusernamehere> to make changes to this folder

That's really smart. So I need permission from myself to delete the folder :confused:. I've set the ownership of the folder to myself and set everything in the properties dialog to my favor, but I still get this very witty message.

This is not the first time I've fallen in such scenario. I would be happy if someone could explain Windows 7's permission system because on previous versions I haven't been getting dumb messages like this or ones like:

Folder access denied
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You'll need to provide administration permission to delete this folder
and a button Continue below.

What is that supposed to mean? Windows is not sure I'm an administrator, so it's asking me to press a button to prove I am???:confused:
 

leroys1000

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The windows 7 general user administrator account will allow
you to make some changes but is not actually the master
administrator account.
Might check this to make it available and listed in the login menu.
http://www.askvg.com/how-to-enable-activate-hidden-administrator-account-in-windows-vista/
Also,set a password for the account to avoid problems.
Make sure you want to delete the file.
Making the wrong changes with the administrator account
can mess up your computer.
 

moni94

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I found out what the problem was. The folder was in use and I needed to close the program using it. It looks like I was being shown the wrong dialog (this is Microsoft, I'm not surprised).
 
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