Can't remove read only....

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by 7winz, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. 7winz

    7winz MDL Novice

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    When you go to you system drive, then select the user folder, you will see a folder with a lock.
    The lock means read only I guess.
    When you select the folder and press alt + enter or press properties, you will see that read only is applied to the folder, when you click it the sqaure isn't selected anymore.

    When you press apply it asks you if you'd like top remove the read only from the main folder only or also the subfolders.
    It all goes fine until then... after it's done removing the read only and you press OK, you will see that that the read only isn't removed at all...
    When you go to the properties again you will see that.

    This is a known problem, but does anyone know how to remove this pesky thing.
    (The permissions/security are all set right, on all accounts...)
     
  2. paulsk58

    paulsk58 MDL Novice

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    Folders are never read only. The block that is filled in (not checked) indicated that there are some read only files contained in the folder or subfolders.
    The lock means that not everyone can read the contents of the folder.
     
  3. 7winz

    7winz MDL Novice

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    Ya I know, but I also tried to remove the read only on some certain folders, beside the main one, and even that didn't work.
     
  4. urie

    urie Moderator
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    search forum for takeownership command
     
  5. HSChronic

    HSChronic MDL Expert

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    it's not a known issue or a bug or whatever it is the way that windows handles folders. For some reason it will apply the box to any folder. You can't get rid of it.
     
  6. secr9tos

    secr9tos MDL Addicted

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    maybe you can delete the folder using the nt authority\system account.

    1. download psexec from M$ Technet
    2. psexec -i -d -s cmd
    than type rmdir /S /Q FOLDERPATH