How to Delete a Sharing Violation


A sharing violation exists to protect those who use a networked system or a computer with multiple accounts. Shared violation indicates someone other than the owner of a file or folder is attempting access. An administrator, or a member of the administrator group, can acquire ownership of any file in the system. This allows access to files in case a password is unavailable. By logging on as administrator or member of the administrator group, gain access to the file and remove the problem.

  • Open "My Computer" or "Computer" on your system. Double-click on the desktop icon or press the "Start" button in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Locate "My Computer" or "Computer" from the Start menu, and click on the option to open the screen.

  • Navigate to "Tools" at the top of the My Computer screen.

  • Select "Folder Options" from the Tools menu.

  • Click on the "View" tab on the Folder Options dialog box.

  • Move to "Advanced Settings" in the View section. Click on the box next to "Use simple file sharing" if there is a check mark in the box. If not, close the screen.

  • Locate the folder you wish to delete and right-click to open the menu options. Select "Properties" from the menu that appears next to the cursor.

  • Press the "Security" tab at the top of the Properties dialog box. Answer "OK" if a security message appears.

  • Select the "Advanced" option in the Securities section and move to the "Owner" tab.

  • Locate "Administrator" or "Administrator Group" in the "Name" list box.

  • Move to the box next to "Replace owner on sub containers and objects." Click on the box to select this option.

  • Press the "OK" button at the bottom of the dialog box. Close the screen. You may now delete the folder if necessary. Locate the folder and right-click. Select "Delete" from the options in the menu that appears next to the cursor.

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