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Windows 7: Read Only files

24 Jun 2009   #1

Windows 7 RC
Read Only files

(might have found answer - need to test)

I recently updated to Win 7 RC from Win 7 beta and I opted for the clean install and I backed up all my data; however, after successfully completing the install I discovered that my main data folder was not deleted. I was surprised but happy that I would have to copy my data back over but all of the files are read-only and so naturally I went to the properties of the main folder and took off read-only. The dialog box seemed to show it was doing something but my files are still read only.

Not a big deal as I could just blow that folder away and bring my back up in but I am just curious if this happened to anyone else and what if anything I can do to remove read-only from all my files in the subfolder beneath the main folder (yes when prompted I did answer yes when asked if I want to remove from subfolders).

Sorry, I did some more searching and I think I found the solution - I'm at work but will try when I get home - I think I have to take ownership of the folder - I'll leave this posting but please don't blast me for not searching for the answer.
Thanks in advance for your help.

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24 Jun 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ulti. x64

Cynthia, Welcome to Seven Forums. Sounds like you are talking about windows old folder with your files from the old install.Try the take ownership tutorial. And lots more good tweaks and fixes in those tuts. Hope this helps and you enjoy your time here on SF. lm
Shortcut to take ownership Take Ownership Shortcut
Full tutorial for taking ownership, this is for vista but also applies to Windows 7 Context Menu - Take Ownership - Vista Forums
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24 Jun 2009   #3

Windows 7 RC
Thank you...

I will def'n take a look at the tutorial.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

24 Jun 2009   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Cynthia, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you are talking about the windows.old file, then you can also use Disk Cleanup to get rid of this by selecting the Files discarded by Windows upgradeoption.

Hope this helps,
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