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Windows 7: security policy? locked folders

15 Mar 2012   #1
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
security policy? locked folders

Hello,

About six weeks ago, we got a Win 7 Home laptop (Dell Inspiron). I've also been using Win 7 Pro at work (Dell Optiplex) for about a year & a half.

I like to customize my Win 7 themes by downloading a theme, then browsing to the folder where the pictures are contained and putting the pictures I like into the folders. This has worked well for me on the Win 7 Pro machine since I got it, and I manipulate the content of these folders on a regular basis.

The first time I did this on the Win 7 Home laptop, right after we got it, I had no problem browsing to the folders and putting the pictures I wanted into them. Yesterday, when I went in to modify the theme folders for the 2nd time, I noticed one of the folders in the path was now locked (User\AppData). I looked at its properties, and changed the security settings to allow access.

When the folder opened up, I noticed that some of the sub-folders were also locked. None of these folders were locked the first time I browsed into them, and none of them have ever been locked on the Win 7 Pro machine.

What has caused these folders to become locked? And how can I uniformly unlock them for access?


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15 Mar 2012   #2
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Are you sure you were going to C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes instead of a separate shortcut?
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15 Mar 2012   #3
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

It's funny that you should ask, because when I unlocked the AppData folder - it became a shortcut. I've never seen anything like that before!
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17 Mar 2012   #4
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Update:

I've attached two screen clips: one shows (under C: ) the Documents and Settings folder as a shortcut, with All Users and Default Users as locked - this is something I've never seen before (and I've been poking into system files for over 10 years). The second clip shows (under 'username', not under C: ) multiple locked folders.

Can anyone explain to me how these folders got locked? They weren't when we got the computer.

Oh, I did manage to access the themes folders and make the desired changes to contents - not sure what happened there, as when I went back the following day to take another look, I just got access with no trouble, so understanding why these folders are locked and figuring out how to unlock them is all I need to do now.


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18 Mar 2012   #5
anaron

Windows 7 Pro 64 bitv & Windows 10 Home
 
 

Some locked folders are simply junctions (shortcuts) to another location and some locked folders are actually folders. Unlocking a junction will replace the lock with the shortcut arrow. I delete these as I do not like or use the "library" system. I unlocked every folder on my computer a long time ago and they have remained that way. Could be a MS update making the changes as I have had some weird happenings with updates over the last few months. This is the procedure that I use to unlock a folder:
Right click the folder
Select properties
Click Security Tab
Click Advanced Button
Click Change permissions Button
Click on Administrators to highlight it
√ Include inheritable permissions from this object's parent
Click Apply Button
Click OK 3 times to close all dialogue boxes
Lock is now gone.

Ron Burnes
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24 Mar 2012   #6
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Ron,

I was able to unlock everything except for one folder: The >Recent folder under [username]. That folder had absolutely no options to choose from.

Other than that, it went swimmingly! Thanks for your help!
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25 Mar 2012   #7
anaron

Windows 7 Pro 64 bitv & Windows 10 Home
 
 

Your welcome. As to the Username>Recent folder, it is kind of a strange bird. It is a junction pointing to username>AppData>Roaming>Micrcosoft>Windows>Recent Items. Can't do anything with this system folder or the junction other than clear the contents.

Ron Burnes
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