Sometimes you may come across the strange problem of being unable to Delete File or Folder in Windows 10. You will find below the steps to fix this issue in Windows 10.
Unable to Delete File or Folder in Windows 10
The problem of being unable to delete a File or Folder in Windows 10 can happen even if the File or Folder was created by you and you do have the permission to edit the File or Folder.
In most cases, the reason for being Unable to Delete File or Folder in Windows 10 is due to the requested File or Folder being open or locked up by a process on your computer.
In most single User cases, this problem can be fixed by Restarting the computer. In some cases, you may be required to change File permissions.
1. Restart Your Computer
The simplest way to fix the problem of being unable to delete File or Folder in Windows 10 is to simply Restart your computer.
This helps in closing or terminating the process that was keeping the File or Folder busy and preventing it from being deleted.
If this does not work, completely Power OFF your computer using the Power button > Wait for 60 seconds and Restart your computer.
2. Stop the Process
In case you do not want to reboot the computer, you can use the Task Manager to terminate Tasks that are keeping the File occupied and preventing it from being deleted.
1. Right-click on the Start button and click on Task Manager.
2. On the Task Manager screen, click on the Processes Tab and stop the Program or Process that is keeping the File or Folder busy.
For example, if the file that you are trying to delete is an Excel or Word File, you should be able to find Excel/Word related processes in the Task Manager.
Simply, right-click on the Process that you want to stop and click on End Task.
3. Change Permissions
If you are unable to delete File or Folder in Windows 10 due to lack of permissions, you can follow the steps below to change the permission levels for the concerned File or Folder.
1. Right-click the File/Folder that you are unable to delete and click on Properties.
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”.
If you find any entry containing “Deny”, select the Entry and click on the Remove button.
4. Click on OK to save changes and exit the Permissions screen.
Now you should be able to delete the File or Folder that you were unable to delete on your computer.