Sometimes you may come across the strange problem of being unable to Delete Files/Folders in Windows 10, with an error message reading “You have been denied permission”. You will find below the steps to fix Cannot Delete File/Folder Error in Windows 10.
Cannot Delete File/Folder Error in Windows 10
The problem of being unable to delete a File or Folder in Windows 10 can happen even if the File/Folder was created by you and you do have the permission to edit the file.
In most cases, the reason for Cannot Delete File/Folder Error in Windows 10 is due to the requested file being open or locked up by a process on your computer.
In some cases, you may have to go through the steps to change permissions.
1. Restart Your Computer
The simplest way to fix this problem is to Restart your computer and hope that the process which was keeping the File/Folder busy will be terminated.
If this does not work, completely power off your computer using the power button and restart your computer after 2 minutes.
2. Stop the Process
In case you do not want to reboot your computer, you can open the Task Manager on your computer and End Tasks that are keeping your file occupied and preventing it from being deleted.
1. Right-click on the Start button and click on Task Manager in the menu that appears.
2. On the Task Manager screen, click on the Processes Tab and stop the program/Process that is keeping your File/Folder busy.
For example, if the file that you were trying to delete is an Excel/Word File, you should be able to find Excel/Word related processes in the Task Manager and stop them (Right-click and click on End Task).
3. Change Permissions
You can try to change or modify the permission levels for the concerned File/Folder, in case you are unable to delete File/Folder due to lack of permission.
1. Right-click the File/Folder that you are unable to delete and click on Properties option in the menu that appears.
2. On the Properties screen, click on the Security tab and then click on Advanced.
3. On the next screen, click on the Permissions tab and see if there is any permission entry that contains “Deny”. Select the Entry and click on Remove.
4. Click on OK to save changes and exit the Permissions screen.
Now you should be able to delete the File/Folder that you were unable to delete on your computer.