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Delete Program Files (x86) from Windows 7

Though you did a clean install from Windows 7 (64 bit) to Windows 7 (32 bit), you still had a "Program Files (x86)" folder and a "Windows.old" folder. You are able to delete the "Windows.old" folder but the "Program Files (x86)" folder will not be deleted without trusted installer permission.

To delete this folder first you have to take ownership of this folder and then you need to give your account full control permission on this file. Then like other folder you can delete the "Program Files (x86)" folder by delete or shift+delete (permanently delete). So follow the steps to get trustedinstaller permission.

  • Click on "Start" menu and type cmd into "Search programs and files" (For Windows 7). You will see cmd icon on search result. Right click on it and Run as Administrator.
  • Into the command prompt type takeown /f "Path and filename" /r /d n and enter. And you will get ownership of the folder.
  • Now type icacls "Path and filename" /grant administrators:F /t and enter.

For example:
takeown /f "C:\Program Files (x86)" /r /d n
icacls "C:\Program Files (x86)" /grant administrators:F /t
full control permission

After Successfully processed the files and like other folders, you can delete the "Program Files (x86)" folder.
Reploid said... 9 Jul 2012, 11:29:00

The only fix that worked for me. Thanks.

edmarV Sleonel said... 1 Oct 2012, 19:11:00

ok ,, it works thanks

Ankit singh said... 17 Oct 2012, 02:24:00

how to undo the changes i.e i dont want to delete any systen file or folder?????
plzzz reply me sooon

Mamadou Mbaye said... 22 Oct 2012, 15:59:00

the second step dont works for me

Devin Patel said... 18 Nov 2012, 16:49:00

Second step doesn't work

samhela said... 15 Jan 2013, 15:30:00

Wow, Tnx works for me all the steps.

Rusale Baga said... 5 Sep 2013, 15:43:00

thanks. I found this tutorial everywhere but wasn't able to understand.
now I understand it. Thanks for the detailed explanation. :D

Carlos Leemet said... 8 Sep 2013, 21:16:00

Haha that was too easy, thanks! :P

Vyankatesh Kokadwar said... 6 May 2015, 15:08:00

1st step doesn't work

Prabir Ghosh replied... 9 May 2015, 07:32:00

It may be, you could not write proper way in command prompt. May be you miss any blank space or your file name/location in double inverted comma was wrong. Check all things and type proper way.


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