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Windows 7: How to remove lock icon from folders?

08 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
How to remove lock icon from folders?

I was messing around with WMP12, and ended up accidentally sharing all of my libraries. Oops! I unshared them all, however ever since that happened all of the folders now have the 'lock' icon over them. The only way I can seem to get rid of them, is to reshare.. which I don't want to do.

Anyone know how to remedy this? It's been bugging me

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10 Aug 2009   #2

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Everything under the sun documented by now, except this!
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10 Aug 2009   #3

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Celeras View Post
Everything under the sun documented by now, except this!
Don't worry about the locks. It only means users with lower rights than admin can't edit them.

If you want to get rid of them, search for locks in this forum.
I know it's there, because I wrote a few posts about it.

good luck
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10 Aug 2009   #4

 

@OP:

Actually, you're mistaken.

You'll need to take ownership of those folders again - when you shared them that OS took control of the folders so it could handle the sharing and such - but when you unshared, it did not revert the ownership and control over the folder s back to you.

Check our tutorials on taking ownership.
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10 Aug 2009   #5

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Simple really ... go to the tutorial section and read Brinks tut on taking ownership and you'll be good to go...

That was easy wasn't it??
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10 Aug 2009   #6

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johngalt View Post
@OP:

Actually, you're mistaken.

You'll need to take ownership of those folders again - when you shared them that OS took control of the folders so it could handle the sharing and such - but when you unshared, it did not revert the ownership and control over the folder s back to you.

Check our tutorials on taking ownership.
LOL .. great minds DO think alike don't they John??
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10 Aug 2009   #7

 

Yup - but I imitate a great mind often, so....
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10 Aug 2009   #8

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johngalt View Post
@OP:

Actually, you're mistaken.

You'll need to take ownership of those folders again - when you shared them that OS took control of the folders so it could handle the sharing and such - but when you unshared, it did not revert the ownership and control over the folder s back to you.

Check our tutorials on taking ownership.

Sorry to contradict you.

Locks have nothing to do with ownership.

I have ownership of documents and settings and my useraccount is set to it with full permissions.
Yet I have a lock on it
Name:  lock.PNG
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I have never shared it.
What I did is rip out all user accounts except mine. Not even administrators.

When I doubleclick I enter and see this
Name:  lock2.PNG
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As far as I know you get these locks when you delete the everyone user from the security tab.

Greetz


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10 Aug 2009   #9

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

I reproduced it.

I created a folder.

by default my username and everyone were in the security tab

I took ownership, disabled the distribute permissions to subcontainers, and deleted the everyone.

Now it has a lock and only my username in security. I can still enter the folder and share it.


In my oppinion the lock says, users without admin rights can't enter.
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10 Aug 2009   #10

 

And I hate to contradict *you* - but I haven't done that and I too have a lock on the Doc an Settings folder - b/v that is not a real folder it is a virtual folder established for compatibility with older programs designed for XP, thus it allows the system to redirect the application to where it needs to go to.

In point of fact, if you check the ownership, even if you take ownership and add your permissions, they are over ridden b/c the System ownership has special permissions which you are not in effect changing , and the virtual folder and its tree are inheriting from that first and foremost.

Name:  W7 D&S lock.PNG
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Remember, I have not done anything like you are describing regarding having ripped out all other users - every thing in this install is as it was when I finished installing 2 days ago.


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