Cannot Delete folders/files from Windows.

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  1. Washac, Jan 21, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2013

    Washac macrumors 68020

    Washac

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    OK, first of all I am not very good with all with windows and to say it drives me mad is about right.

    I have Windows 7 setup under Bootcamp for running games.

    Today I wanted to delete a game directory and it kept telling I must be administrator to perform this function, I thought I was the Admin seeing as I am the only user of this. Anyway by trial an error and some info from the net I now have two login options at startup, (Administrator & Me) If I choose Me it asks for password but I cannot delete the folders I want.

    If I choose the Admin login option it asks for NO password but lets me through a desktop, still cannot delete the folders, keeps telling I must have Admin privileges to perform this function, aaaarrrrgggghhhh.

    Any help with this would good before I go totaly insane.
     
  2. iampaulb macrumors regular

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    this is the problem with windows 7, even if you are logged in as admin you still have to...

    right click > runas admin -

    and do it that way...F'in annoying i know! But for some reason its the only way to do it. But if you are trying to delete some folders not sure if that would work. Give it a go and see what happens.

    I rest my case in saying that windows is dog poo
     
  3. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Running things as Admin I have no problems with.

    There are now several folders I want to delete but cannot because it keeps telling me I need Admin permissons, I am Admin and I want to delete the folders.

    I am wondering if Windows is really worth messing about with just to run a few games, I am so close to removing Bootcamp/Windows 7 it is driving me completely crazy.
     
  4. Washac, Jan 21, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2013

    Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    OK, I found a program called lockhunter that sorted out the files that were stopping me from deleting the the folder.

    Just one file left to remove.

    I had a Macafee folder, in that folder was a a file called SSScheduler.exe, i dragged that file to the desktop then deleted the Macafee folder, now I am stuck with the SSScheduler.exe file on my desktop, and I can find nothing or no way to remove it.

    I did this via CMD

    cd /d C:\Users\xxxx\Desktop
    dir /x
    I can now see a list of files that exist on the desktop, the one I want to remove is SSSCHE~1 (sscheduler.exe)
    rmdir /q /s SSSCHE~1

    It then tells me that the system cannot find the file specified.

    I want it gone, please help a useless Windows person.
     
  5. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

    Washac

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    Problem resolved, but firstly I would like to say Windows is the biggest load of steaming mess I have ever had the misfortune to have installed on a home computer.

    OK, this is what I did, I made a new folder called Mcafee put the the SSScheduler.exe back into this folder, found a program called mcpr.exe, run this and job done.

    Glad I only use this pile of mess for games, about all it is good for.
     
  6. Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a

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    Dude, that had nothing to do with Windows. The file was locked by whatever McAfee product installed it.

    In Windows (and sometimes OS X) you have to run the correct uninstaller to remove a application, you CANNOT just drag it to the trash.
     
  7. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I know, I was taking out my angst on Windows.
     
  8. Renzatic Suspended

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    What guy above said. Using McAfee for anything is just begging for trouble. If you absolutely need antivirus software, get Microsoft Security Essentials, and be done with it.

    Though there are occasions when Windows will do some weird things with file permissions, specially if you install games and whatnot under Program Files. When this happens, having access to the "take ownership" command can make your life considerably easier.
     
  9. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yes, I am using MSE now, I learnt the hard way, thanks for the Take Ownership pointer will add that tomorrow :)
     

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