Can't Delete from Program x86 Not administrator?!?!

I was attempting to instal and mod the game Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion from Bethesda softworks, and was having problems with it, so I decided to statover. I ran all of the relevant uninstalls (the oriignals games, the expansion, the mods) but there is still a bethesda folder in my program files. When I try to delete it, I am told I need administrator privileges to do so. I AM THE ADMINISTRATOR. I am the only user of my computer, I have administrator privileges according to the accounts management page. What the heck, windows?

Also, on a related note, when attempting to run some programs, I keep getting limited versions. They tell me I must 'run as administrator' to actually get them to do the full version. Is there no way to let me run what I want without the constant right click>run as administrator? As I said, I AM THE ADMINISTRATOR.

*sigh* Please forgive me if I sound frustrated. It's only because I am very, very frustrated.

Yours truly,
a very frustrated Widows 7 customer


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There are two levels of administrator in Windows 7 effectively. The higher level one is needed to accomplish certain tasks, hence the "Run as administrator". This is a security measure to insure that malware does not run from the normal administrator account. Sorry you are so frustrated.

To delete a file/folder from a protected area, take ownership of the file/folder and set full control.

Thanks, will try that.

<edit> Changes permissions, was successful. Thanks for the info!


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Microsoft Community Contributor
There may be some other options you could try first. Sometimes you may get a message like that if the file is currently being used. I would not think the file to which you refer would be a special protected file since you put it on the computer.

Try starting Windows Explorer in the Start-Accessories as administratorby right clicking and choosing Run as Admin. Then try to delete the file. If that doesn't work and it is not being used by something else, you may have to do what was suggested. Sometimes starting in Safe mode will allow for deletion of some files.

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