Windows 10: After taking folder ownership, can delete single files but not directories with their contents

Discus and support After taking folder ownership, can delete single files but not directories with their contents in Windows 10 Ask Insider to solve the problem; I am trying to delete some folders (WindowsApps, Program Files, etc) from a previous Windows installation. I took ownership and am able to delete the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Ask Insider' started by /u/groundhogpete, Mar 3, 2021.

  1. After taking folder ownership, can delete single files but not directories with their contents


    I am trying to delete some folders (WindowsApps, Program Files, etc) from a previous Windows installation. I took ownership and am able to delete the files within the directory but I can't delete the entire directory with subdirectories and contents.

    I tried multiple free folder deletion tools and safe mode and nothing worked.

    Does anyone have a suggestion?

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    /u/groundhogpete, Mar 3, 2021
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  2. Drone Win User

    Directory Size Utility

    First of all nice utility, Mindweaver!
    Second of all, it's so nice to see that this section ain't dead.

    I have a few questions/suggestions, maybe you'd want to see ...
    • maybe you rename Get Folder button caption to something more intuitive? Add Folder, Get Folder Size, Check Folder Size or something like that?
    • Could you add subfolder files to the right pane? (it can be a tickbox with include sub dirs)
    • maybe you also add export list to excel?
    • there's delete file button maybe you add delete folder button too?
    • and finally maybe you can add UP button for directories?
     
    Drone, Mar 3, 2021
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  3. Directory Size Utility

    Thanks buddy! Yea, this section's not dead. Kreij and I have big plans for this section. I don't want to give nothing away, but we have some bigger projects down the road. *Toast :toast: I feel I'm pretty good at coding with different languages, but I'm well behind Kreij's level of experience with those other Languages. I've been working on those other languages, and soon I'll feel comfortable enough to start, and not feel like I'm holding the project back. *Toast :toast:

    Now on to your suggestions.

    • maybe you rename Get Folder button caption to something more intuitive? Add Folder, Get Folder Size, Check Folder Size or something like that? Yea, that's been bothering me and I like your suggestion "Add Folder". I'll change it on the next release.
    • Could you add subfolder files to the right pane? (it can be a tickbox with include sub dirs) I could add this, but let me see if I understand what you're asking. By subfolders you mean add all the folders in the left panel to the right panel? Those folders are all the subfolders in the "Get folder".
    • maybe you also add export list to excel? I'll add this on the next release.
    • there's delete file button maybe you add delete folder button too? I'll add this on the next release.
    • and finally maybe you can add UP button for directories? I'll add this on the next release.
    These are all great suggestions! Thanks Drone! *Toast :toast:
     
    Mindweaver, Mar 3, 2021
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  4. After taking folder ownership, can delete single files but not directories with their contents

    How to I list folders and files inside the WindowsApps folder WITHOUT taking ownership?

    Hi guys!

    Like the Subject says "How to I list folders and files inside the WindowsApps folder WITHOUT taking ownership?"

    Because every single time I've taken ownership of WindowsApps it breaks something. But I have to get the path to my games installed there.
     
    blackkatt911, Mar 3, 2021
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