How to Delete a Sharing Violation

by Darla Ferrara

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.

About the Author

Writing since 1999, Darla Ferrara is an award-winning author who specializes in health, diet, fitness and computer technology. She has been published in "Mezzo Magazine" and Diet Spotlight, as well as various online magazines. Ferrara studied biology and emergency medical technology at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College.

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