Fix: Cannot Delete Files, Folders or Icons in Windows 10

By: Ivan Jenic
3 minute read

Windows 10 Technical Preview is still unstable operating system, actually it’s not even real operating system. And it could feature some errors and bugs. One of the problems users are noticing is that they’re unable to delete some file or folder. And if you’re facing the same issue, we’ll show you a few solutions for this problem.
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Reboot your system

As I said Windows 10 Technical Preview is still very unstable. And sometimes, all you need to do is to restart your machine and the problem will be gone. Unresponsiveness don’t just happen in this case, for example, a lot of people reported that they’re unable to open the start menu sometimes, but when they restart their computer, everything works fine. But if restarting your PC didn’t solve the problem, you can try one of the following solutions.

Delete the file/folder with Command Prompt

You can also try to delete the file or folder with Command Prompt. Using Command Prompt for deletion is sometimes more efficient, and you definitely should give it a try. Here’s what you need to do to delete a certain file or folder with Command Prompt:

  1. Go to Search and type cmd
  2. Open Command Prompt
  3. In the Command Prompt, enter del and location of folder or file you want to delete, and press Enter (fore example c:usersJohnDoeDesktoptext.txt)

Change the ‘Ownership’ of the file/folder

Sometimes you can’t delete a certain file or folder because you don’t have appropriate permissions for it. In order to gain full permission of the file or folder, you need to change the ownership of the file and gain full control of it. Here’s what you should do to get the full control of a certain folder or file:

  1. Right click on the file you want to delete and choose Properties
  2. Under Security tab, click Advanced button
  3. The Advanced Security Settings window will appear, and you’ll spot Owner
  4. In some cases SYSTEM is listed as owner, and in some it is TrustedInstaller, click on Change option, next to the name of Owner
    • Note: Trustedinstaller is a Windows built-in account which removes and modifies updates and other Windows components. But you should be warned that if TrustedInstaller is listed as an owner of a certain file, you shouldn’t change it. Because if you rename or delete the file your system may become unstable even more, so change the ownership from TrustedInstaller only if you know what you’re doing.
  5. Enter the username you want to become the owner file, press Check Names to make sure if it’s okay, and press OK
  6. You’ll get back to the Advanced Security Settings window, but you’ll notice that name of the Owner has changed, and you’ll also notice a checkbox called Replace owner on subcontainers and  objects, check that checkbox and click Apply
  7. Close Windows Security Properties (Windows will require you to restart it)
  8. Open the Properties again, by right clicking on the file, Security and then Advanced
  9. Under Permission tab, check Replace all child object permission entries with inheritable permission entries from this object
  10. After that, click Edit
  11. In Permission Entry window check Full Control and click OK
  12. Try to delete file/folder again

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You can also try with some third-party software for unlocking files, like Unlocker, but we didn’t test any program of this kind, so we’re not sure if it will work properly on Windows 10 Technical Preview. However, Wise Registry Cleaner, besides its basic purpose, can delete files. It also has good reviews and it has a trial version which you can download here.

If you have some alternate solution for this problem, and you’d like to share it with us, please write it down in the comments below, our readers would love to read it.

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For various PC problems, we recommend to use this tool.

This tool will repair common computer errors, protect you from file loss, malware, hardware failure and optimize your PC for maximum performance. Quickly fix PC issues and prevent others from happening with this software:

  1. Download ReimagePlus (100% safe download).
  2. Click “Start Scan” to find Windows issues that could be causing PC problems.
  3. Click “Repair All” to fix all issues (requires upgrade).