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Windows 7: Desktop files read only

29 May 2013   #1
schwizer

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Desktop files read only

All my desktop files suddenly became read only and when I right click the desktop, I only have the "folder" option under "new"

Any ideas?


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30 May 2013   #2
huffman

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

You probably need to take ownership of those files.
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30 May 2013   #3
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by schwizer View Post
All my desktop files suddenly became read only and when I right click the desktop, I only have the "folder" option under "new"

Any ideas?
Can you copy/paste files to desktop?
Goto folder C:\USERS\<your account>. Rightclick folder "desktop"->properties->tab security. System, administrators, <your account> all have full control? Tab Owner: Are you the owner?
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30 May 2013   #4
mitchell65

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schwizer
Do you actually store files in the Desktop folder or just shortcuts? When did this first start and what updates or installs have you done recently?
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30 May 2013   #5
britny

microsoft window7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Schwizer

I agree with the kaktussoft .you have to take ownership of that file
For more help visit this tutorial. Hopefully it will help you

Read-only File and Folder Attribute


Best of luck....
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30 May 2013   #6
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by britny View Post
Schwizer

I agree with the kaktussoft .you have to take ownership of that file
For more help visit this tutorial. Hopefully it will help you

Read-only File and Folder Attribute


Best of luck....
Not the file ! But folder c:\users\<his name>\desktop itself. He can only make "new folder" in that folder. I assume no new files. c:\users\<his name>\desktop has wrong permissions and files inside most likely inherted the permissions
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30 May 2013   #7
britny

microsoft window7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by britny View Post
Schwizer

I agree with the kaktussoft .you have to take ownership of that file
For more help visit this tutorial. Hopefully it will help you

Read-only File and Folder Attribute


Best of luck....
Not the file ! But folder c:\users\<his name>\desktop itself. He can only make "new folder" in that folder. I assume no new files. c:\users\<his name>\desktop has wrong permissions and files inside most likely inherted the permissions
kaktussoft Thanks for correction
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30 May 2013   #8
schwizer

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote:
Can you copy/paste files to desktop?
Goto folder C:\USERS\<your account>. Rightclick folder "desktop"->properties->tab security. System, administrators, <your account> all have full control? Tab Owner: Are you the owner?
That did it although i'm not sure how this got unselected.
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31 May 2013   #9
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by schwizer View Post
Quote:
Can you copy/paste files to desktop?
Goto folder C:\USERS\<your account>. Rightclick folder "desktop"->properties->tab security. System, administrators, <your account> all have full control? Tab Owner: Are you the owner?
That did it although i'm not sure how this got unselected.
What was missing?
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02 Jun 2013   #10
schwizer

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Oh man I don't exactly remember. I think administrator didn't have full control but for some reason the list of permissions for the user folder are slightly different than the list of permissions for other folders.
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