SOLVED: Can’t Delete Sharepoint 2010 Foundation Site

If want to remove a tab from a Sharepoint 2010 Foundation site and you:

  • go to the tab/site in question,
  • click SITE ACTIONS,
  • DELETE THIS SITE and click the DELETE button

you may see the the following useless error:

Specified method is not supported.
Troubleshoot issues with Microsoft SharePoint Foundation.
Correlation ID: febf0e37-5780-47fa-8cdf-451120ca3d30
Date and Time: 3/12/2012 10:47:31 AM

Apparently this is a known issue:

  • with Service Pack1 and may be corrected by installing a June 2010 “refresh”  which you can get HERE .
  • can occur if UAC is enabled on the machine you are attempting the delete from
  • can occur if you you not elevating (right click RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR)  your Browser when attempting the delete
  • can be resolved by running a Sharepoint Management Shell delete command

In my case the command line was the fast solution (as I did not have UAC enabled and elevating my IE9 did not help).

  1. simply start the Sharepoint Management Shell on the server
  2. type stsadm -o deleteweb -url http://RootSite/SubSite  
  3. wait 10 seconds and have a nice day!

 Take note that there are several other useful commands to correct problems:

 stsadm -o deletesite -url http://server_name/sites/site_name

 stsadm -o databaserepair -url http://server_name/site_name -databasename WSS_Content_<your_content_database>

 I found the following sites to be quite helpful:


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    kdormuth October 15, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Just a note for other newbies like me: you need to open Management Shell using “Run as Administrator.” Otherwise you get an “access denied” message.

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