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Windows 7: grey checkmark in read-only checkbox

13 Apr 2012   #11
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Did you look to see who the owner was?

There's also another button you can select to see what your effective permissions are.


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13 Apr 2012   #12
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

This tutorial should help with taking ownership.
Look at option 2.

Take Ownership of file - Vista Forums
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13 Apr 2012   #13
treddie2001

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the help, but I think the issue is not what you are both thinking. The problem is not ownership of any specific folder or file, but the fact that the gray checkbox is present for ALL folders and files regardless of volume (drive or packet-writable media). In addition, the gray check mark has absolutely no effect...I can write to the file, change a folder or file name, move files and folders, all without issue. I am admin, I am owner, my rights and permissions AND effective permissions are all full control. This is sounding more and more like a system bug, to me.
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13 Apr 2012   #14
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

You could run the System File Checker and see if it finds any problems.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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13 Apr 2012   #15
treddie2001

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, it said it found some damaged files, but also says it repaired them. I rebooted, but same problem.
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13 Apr 2012   #16
DavidE

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You may need to run it up to 3 times, re-booting after each run to fix all issues.
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13 Apr 2012   #17
treddie2001

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Will give that a try.

Also, discovered that the problem is more extensive than I thought. Not only can I not force a cleared checkbox, I can't force it to a solid black check either. Applying, OKing out then going back into properties shows that the gray check mark comes back. So the control is just dead.
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13 Apr 2012   #18
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Not Unusal

Treddie here is an interesting read on "read only" in win 7.

Fixing the Windows 7 Read-Only Folder Blues IT Expert Voice
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13 Apr 2012   #19
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Folder -- read only

The way I am reading these articles it seems that the read only attrib on a folder doesn't mean anything. If that is so why is it there? MS would have to answer that. Here is one of their very own support docs.



You cannot view or change the Read-only or the System attributes of folders in Windows Server 2003, in Windows XP, in Windows Vista or in Windows 7
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13 Apr 2012   #20
treddie2001

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

DavidW7ncus > 3 tries and no-go.

Thanks Hammerhead for the info. That explains all I need to know.

UnFing believable that MS sits back with their arms folded, essentially giving the finger to their customer base once again. And in the same vein as going to the Start button to shut your computer down, they create a meaningless little checkbox that offers zero security AND slows down network traffic. It may not look like it, but I think MS's days are numbered. People will only take so much and when MS least expects it, they'll find their market share start to dwindle away.

OK...That's my rant for the day.

Anyway, thank you to everybody for taking the time to reply to my problem.
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