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In a fresh install of SharePoint 2010, I naively built a site without first creating a site collection to put it in. The site sites in the root of the server's URL space (i.e. it is simply

Having realised this is not the best idea in the world I want to delete it.

I am logged into the server as a user that has 'Full Control' but I find that when I attempt to delete the site via 'Site Actions'->'Site Settings'->'Delete This Site' I get:

    Error: Access Denied 
    Current User 
    You are currently signed in as:  SGC\sgcadmin
    Sign in as a different user

In Sharepoint Designer, logged in as the same user, the Delete button is greyed out.

Note that I can delete sites made by the same user within site collections.

What am I missing? Where should I look now to try to better understand what permission(s) is/are missing?

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Please let us all know how do you create a site without creating a site collection first ... – Arko D Jun 21 '12 at 12:09
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You haven't created a site outside a site collection, that's imposible. What you have is the Root site of the site collection which is at the root of your web application.

You must have a site collection at the root of your web application for your SharePoint to be in Supported state.

You can't delete the Root Site of a Site Collection. If you want to change the type of site you have, then you'll have to go to Central Administration and delete the entire Site Collection, create a new Site collection and select the appropiate template.

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Thank you - that was exactly the problem. My misunderstanding was indeed that it seemed that a site could be made outside of a collection. Deleting the root site collection did the trick. Many thanks. – nroam Jun 21 '12 at 20:25

Maybe try deleting the root site collection from central admin. Also, to make sure you have full control access to everything, you might want to setup a web application user policy (also in central admin).

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