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Weird folder after reinstalling windows 8.1

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Weird folder after reinstalling windows 8.1


    Hi , i had windows 7 and decided to go back to windows 8.1 and after installing windows 8.1 on my LocalDisk i ofund a folder named "b04102c22e49885eb0" - i have no idea where it came from, i'm sure it wasn't there. I cannot delete it because : adminRequest -- after clicking continue access denied ; and after taking the ownership of the folder is the same thing.
    Yes , I am on an Administrator account.

    So, what's up with this folder?

    Thank you.

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  2. #2


    Canon City
    Posts : 249
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    Did a search on it and could not find anything and I am sure someone who knows will come along. To me even though I am not sure if Windows still does it but it sounds like a "Windows old" folder but usually it is called "Windows old" on previous versions of Windows so I don't know. Can you tell us the size of the folder as they may lend to some clue.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    it's not an Windows old file because it contains this and it's not on the old system partition which i deleted an created again during windows setup. And also the date of those files is odd because i bought my laptop in 2012 (NEW) and since then i had to replace my HDD once.
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  4. #4


    Michigan
    Posts : 50
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    These are usually a failed Windows Update. You can delete the folder by taking ownership - Then setting your rights.

    Right click on the folder and choose Properties.
    Select the Security Tab
    Click on the Advanced button

    At the top will show the Owner, Click on Change
    Set the owner to your account - Click on Advanced
    Click on Find Now to populate the Search results
    Double Click on your account in the list
    Click OK
    Click OK to close Advanced Security Settings...
    Click OK to close (folder) Properties

    Right click on the folder and choose Properties again
    Click Edit
    Click on your User account in the - Group or user names - list.
    Put a check mark in the - Allow / Full control - box
    Click OK
    Click OK

    You now have full control of the folder and are able to delete it.
    Last edited by jladwig; 07 Mar 2014 at 12:19.
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    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I appreciate your help but i already tried that and is the same thing. I cannot delete it.
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  7. #7


    Michigan
    Posts : 50
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by gabitzz View Post
    I appreciate your help but i already tried that and is the same thing. I cannot delete it.
    I noticed you stated you took ownership but after that did you go back in and set your rights. Just because you take ownership does not give you the rights you may need to delete the folder.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by jladwig View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by gabitzz View Post
    I appreciate your help but i already tried that and is the same thing. I cannot delete it.
    I noticed you stated you took ownership but after that did you go back in and set your rights. Just because you take ownership does not give you the rights you may need to delete the folder.
    that checkbox was checked . i tried to do that for another account named administrator which had only special permisions and got this. that error occurs also when you try to check this box .
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  9. #9


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I think i have a bigger problem than that folder.
    Why i'm getting this error everytime i try to change the rights for my user. i tried to take the ownership of drive C because i cannot modify some registry keys but when i tried to give myself Full Control i got that error.

    Windows says that my account is an Administrator account but i still have some limitations.
    How can i get full control for everything ?
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  10. #10


    Michigan
    Posts : 50
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    The problem with the orphaned update folder is you will need to go inside the folder and take ownership of what's inside and if there are folders inside then you will need to go inside and take ownership of the objects . folders etc.. when you have ownership of the folder and everything underneath you will be able to delete it, Taking ownership of an orphaned update folder is one thing but as far as taking complete ownership of drive C that is not a good idea as it needs ownership and rights that are set to function / operate correctly and protect itself.
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