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Windows 7: Unlocking 'resistant' files

15 Feb 2014   #1

Win7 Ultimate x32
 
 
Unlocking 'resistant' files

I have tried in vain, all the methods googling suggested, for removing the lock image from the icons for certain batch files in Windows 7-Ultimate-32bit. There are very few of these where the lock persists, despite changing 'forceguest' in the registry. For these 'locked' files, their context menu lacks the 'share with' option. Is there a way of 'unlocking' these few 'select' files ?

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15 Feb 2014   #2

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Have you tried the free software called Unlocker? It seems to have a pretty good success rate. The author of this software also lists several similar programs after his Step 3.

UNLOCKER 1.9.2 BY CEDRICK 'NITCH' COLLOMB
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15 Feb 2014   #3

Win7 Ultimate x32
 
 

I did try UNLOCKER, and while UNLOCKER has solved OTHER problems for me in the past, this time, the lock remains in the file's icon, even though UNLOCKER allowed the name to be changed.
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15 Feb 2014   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Sorry as we don't know what all you have tried. have you tried taking ownership of those files? The easy way is with a right click context menu shortcut.

Take Ownership Shortcut

A Guy
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16 Feb 2014   #5

Win7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Taking ownership is fraught with uncertainties; but is moot NOW anyway, as the solution is beautifully outlined in Remove the Lock Icon from a Folder in Windows 7
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16 Feb 2014   #6

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

This was just an issue with the icon itself (an annoyance)? Not the functionality/usage of the file? A Guy
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16 Feb 2014   #7

Win7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Correct - I had noticed NO loss of functionality; but was intrigued/annoyed by the anomaly that just some very few icons had this lock. Incidentally, THOSE files still do not have 'share with' in their context menu.
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16 Feb 2014   #8

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Ahhh, OK, I thought it was a functionality issue. I could have had an easy answer

Lock Icon on Files and Folders - Remove in Windows 7

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