Windows 10: Can't move/delete/copy files, security and special permissions greyed out, taking ownership...

Discus and support Can't move/delete/copy files, security and special permissions greyed out, taking ownership... in Windows 10 Customization to solve the problem; Just in the past week or so, I started getting access denied errors to my D drive, and now can't move/delete/copy files, and Dropbox, OneDrive, and... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Customization' started by RobChang2, Nov 22, 2020 at 2:32 AM.

  1. RobChang2 Win User

    Can't move/delete/copy files, security and special permissions greyed out, taking ownership...


    Just in the past week or so, I started getting access denied errors to my D drive, and now can't move/delete/copy files, and Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive folders can't work property access denied, and the same is for my Music and Video folder, as well as My Documents folder while all the other folders on the D drive seems okay.

    I tried searching for solutions online and tried everything, but folder properties' security and advanced special permissions are greyed out. This includes buttons like "disable inheritance, add, and remove, and only view is not greyed out. But if I click on view, all the permissions are again greyed out. When I looked in Effective Access, it shows I have full control, but I actually don't.

    Taking ownership didn't help at all. According to all the greyed out permissions I can see, I'm supposed to have full control over everything, but that's not true. Something else seems to be overriding all everything. I then noticed that for the other drives that are working okay, there's an "Authenticated User" in the list of permissions, but the problematic drive D: doesn't, so I went and added the Authenticated User. But while it's applying the permission to D drive, errors popped up for those cloud storage folders I mentioned previously, as well as for some of the media storage folders.


    So I'm all out of ideas at this point. If anyone can help me with this, I'd really appreciate it.

    :)
     
  2. Scoka Win User

    File permissions to delete file

    I am trying this, but it's taking a very long time.
     
  3. 95Viper Win User
  4. Hydrate Win User

    Can't move/delete/copy files, security and special permissions greyed out, taking ownership...

    File permissions to delete file

    Windows is extremely confusing in its permissions and file ownership.*Sad

    If Taking Ownership of the files does not work, then the ACL and permissions are misconfigured.

    Permissions precedes the ownership, you can have ownership but incorrect permissions in accordance with the ACL Access Control Lists (Windows).

    Microsoft - How Permissions Work

    I suggest that you open powershell (Search > type powershell > Right click > run as admin) and execute this command:

    Code:
    This command restores permissions to default for all files contained within C:\ quietly.

    Followed by this command once completed:

    Code:
    This command restores full permissions to the Administrators on the computer, which I presume you are an Administrator.

    And reboot the computer, and finally attempt to delete the file after attempting to retake ownership.

    If that does not work, then I suggest using a third party utility known as UnlockIT:
    Downloads - UnLock IT

    And download, install. Ensure you select customized installation.

    Right click the folder that contains the files or the files individually that you would like to delete, and follow as here:



    Can't move/delete/copy files, security and special permissions greyed out, taking ownership... wrqPMO6.png


    Then this should delete all files you right clicked upon after restarting the system.

    You should not run into issues regarding permissions after this, and if you do, post again and I'll look into it.

    Side note: often times malware tends to hijack a system and fluff itself in permissions that benefit itself.
     
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