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I have 60.7 GB of files I can't delete


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#1 magnumpy

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 01:48 AM

Hello. These files are mostly old windows installations. Whene I try to delete the folder I get a dialog box tells me "You require permission from S-1-5-21-674734606-2703667909-2863999092-1000 to make changes to this folder." The thing is my "user account" is "Joe." The only accounts listed under "Manage Accounts" in the control panel are "Joe" (administrator,) "HomeGroupUser$" (administrator, password protected,)  and "Guest" (guest account is off.) If you're wondering, I have no idea what the password is for "HomeGroupUsers$." What's weird is I can rename the folder with all the left over files, move it wherever I please, I just cannot delete it.

 

So, there you have it. Any ideas?



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#2 Anshad Edavana

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 02:42 AM

Hi

 

Have you tried deleting this weird "HomeGroupUser$" account ?. First try deleting the account while logged in as "Joe".

 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows7/delete-a-user-account

 

 

Then take ownership of the folder in question as per the below guide.

 

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1911-take-ownership-shortcut.html

 

 

Probably you will be able to delete the folder after that. 



#3 Kirbyofdeath

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 12:11 PM

The homegroupuser cannot be normally deleted, but it appears in the security settings dialog.



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Posted 12 June 2014 - 01:23 PM

 If you're absolutely SURE your system doesn't need these, you could boot from a Linux DVD and delete them.  Ubuntu and Mint both have Windows-like user interfaces; my preference is Mint.

 

Good luck.


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#5 dicke

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 04:27 PM

You might also check on the properties of the folders. If they are set to 'read only' you can change that and then they might delete.

Keep us posted


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:47 PM

Just for laughs, try booting into safe mode and deleting them. I like to try the easiest things first, then get heavier. Another great Linux based virtual boot system is OTLPE; it has a Windows XP GUI which is easy to find your way around in. It loads slowly so be patient. You will see your hard drive as an icon on the desktop.

 

http://oldtimer.geekstogo.com/OTLPENet.exe


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Posted 13 June 2014 - 08:52 AM

If you are unable to take ownership of the folder I would suggest using a program called "unlocker" I have used it in the past. Not sure if it is still available and free or not though.






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