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Windows 7: Need help with unlocking folders & files


29 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Need help with unlocking folders & files

Hello,

I've spent so much time with this, tryin' to figure this out and still can't... Hopefully this forum can help.

Here's the situation: I wanted to set up a password to one of my hard-drives. For some reason BitLocker didn't work or I don't think it did. So somewhere somehow I found "Encrypt" button and tried to encrypt hard drive. Well, for some weird reason I couldn't get it to lock where I could unlock it with a password. So I decided to un-encrypt it. Once I did - I wasn't able to get into my folders. I tried to go to the properties - security - permissions. It says ownder unidentified. Then I have to set myself up as a owner and I was able to get into some folders. But it seems like I have to do it with all the folders. ...My question: how to get rid of that parental control? These are my files and folders and I can't turn it off... There's this whole mess with not bein' able to recognize/find the owner and these issues... I can't even change read only option...

Please help. I really appreciate it. Thanks.

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29 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7
 
 

Update: I finally found out how to change the owner. Even though it's really confusing how Windows 7 operates in this area. ...Now, another question: how to take off the little lock icons next to every folder and file?
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29 Jan 2010   #3

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

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29 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

What exactly did you modify in the first place?
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30 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Well, like I said - first I encrypted the hard drive. Then un-encrypted it. Then I couldn't get into any of folders. It said the access is denied. Then it lead me to the security tab and there I had to change the permissions. I went to advanced and specify owner. It said owner wasn't detected, so I had to set myself as an owner and apply and then I finally got the access to each folder this way... I still have little yellow lock on every folder and file icons... Is there a way to get rid of those? (just like it used to be?)
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30 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trueg4life View Post
Well, like I said - first I encrypted the hard drive. Then un-encrypted it. Then I couldn't get into any of folders. It said the access is denied. Then it lead me to the security tab and there I had to change the permissions. I went to advanced and specify owner. It said owner wasn't detected, so I had to set myself as an owner and apply and then I finally got the access to each folder this way... I still have little yellow lock on every folder and file icons... Is there a way to get rid of those? (just like it used to be?)
Reinstall 7, you may have broken the ACL's and some apps may not work right in the future.
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31 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Reinstall 7, you may have broken the ACL's and some apps may not work right in the future.
What's ACL's?
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31 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Access Control Lists, every user and resource has one and they define what can and can't access the resource. Yours may have been corrupted/changed. Freshly reformatting 7 will fix this. Just double check whenever you are changing security options.
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09 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

i have a similiar issue with the locks on the icons. i have a desktop and a laptop...both with Windows 7. i setup a homegroup at one point then removed it...opting for sharing folders over my network. the folders are accessible...but...any new file i download into my shared folder on my desktop is not accessible from my laptop until i SHARE the new file with everyone/read or everyone/read-write. all new files downloaded are like this..having a lock on the icon. is there a way of making it so that the files i download are automatically shared like they used to be? sorry if this is covered somewhere else but i could not find it anywhere. thnx

Mike
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09 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night29m View Post
i have a similiar issue with the locks on the icons. i have a desktop and a laptop...both with Windows 7. i setup a homegroup at one point then removed it...opting for sharing folders over my network. the folders are accessible...but...any new file i download into my shared folder on my desktop is not accessible from my laptop until i SHARE the new file with everyone/read or everyone/read-write. all new files downloaded are like this..having a lock on the icon. is there a way of making it so that the files i download are automatically shared like they used to be? sorry if this is covered somewhere else but i could not find it anywhere. thnx

Mike
Can you download into a different folder? Delete the shared folder and create another unshared folder?
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