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Windows 7: Lock Icon on Files and Folders - Remove in Windows 7


Lock Icon on Files and Folders - Remove in Windows 7

How to Remove the Lock Icon from Files and Folders in Windows 7
Published by Brink
05 Feb 2014
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How to Remove the Lock Icon from Files and Folders in Windows 7


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The lock (padlock) overlay icon on a file or folder in Windows 7 indicates that the file or folder can only be accessed by you, and is set to share with nobody (no other user).

This tutorial will show you how to remove or restore the lock icon overlay on files and folders for all users without affecting any sharing settings in Windows 7.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.


EXAMPLE: Lock icon on folder
-lock_icon_on_folder.png



Here's How:

1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for what you would like to do, and if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7.


2. To Remove Lock Icon on Files and Folders in 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7
A) Click on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 5 below.

Remove_Lock_Icon_from_Files_Folders.bat

download
3. To Restore Lock Icon on Files and Folders in 32-bit Windows 7
NOTE: This is the default setting in 32-bit Windows 7.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 5 below.

32-bit_Restore_Lock_Icon_on_Files_Folders.bat

download
4. To Restore Lock Icon on Files and Folders in 64-bit Windows 7
NOTE: This is the default setting in 64-bit Windows 7.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 5 below.

64-bit_Restore_Lock_Icon_on_Files_Folders.bat

download
5. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

6. Right click on the downloaded .bat file, and click on Run as administrator.

7. If prompted, click on Run and Yes to approve.
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.

8. You will now notice a command prompt quickly flash open and close and your screen flicker as the registry changes are applied and explorer is restarted.


That's it,
Shawn






30 Sep 2014   #1
lbldox

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Removing lock feature

I have been researching a solution for months and I just found your post. This was an immediate fix to my ongoing issues of sharing. THANK YOU THANK YOU.


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04 Oct 2014   #2
healess

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

i have a lot of files and folder like that Lock Icon
after CHKDSK C: /f my drive
how can i fix this many files????
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04 Oct 2014   #3
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Healess, and welcome to Seven Forums.

There's really nothing to fix. The lock icon is just an indicator that the file/folder is shared with nobody. That's all.

If you wanted to share the file/folder with the network, then you could set it's share settings to share with who you like. This would then remove the lock icon since it's shared now.

If you didn't want to share the files/folders, then you could use the tutorial to hide the locks to not see them without affecting the share settings.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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26 Feb 2015   #4
Spyros78

win 7 32bit
 
 

Allow me to say that this padlock, is not just indicator, and i say that because i noticed that, any file is marked with this padlock, it becomes hidden from any search results.

I have this padlock on many mp4 or flv files for example, but not on all of them, and i searched through windows search for the corresponding types only... as a result i found only those videos that were NOT marked with padlock, while all the others remained undiscovered!

When i share this folder, the padlock gets away from the folder but marks every file in it and in subfolders files also, when i stop sharing, the opposite happens and then i can't find any file in this folder but only manually looking!!!

Idk why it works that way, but it's a bit of annoying, u agree?

Any idea to .....restore the order?

** Solution found in this topic
--> How to remove lock icon over my folder
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10 May 2015   #5
RedLad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Healess, and welcome to Seven Forums.

There's really nothing to fix. The lock icon is just an indicator that the file/folder is shared with nobody. That's all.

If you wanted to share the file/folder with the network, then you could set it's share settings to share with who you like. This would then remove the lock icon since it's shared now.

If you didn't want to share the files/folders, then you could use the tutorial to hide the locks to not see them without affecting the share settings.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Hi Shawn,

If I remove this lock on my 'User' folder, will it have any affect on me installing any programs at all?
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10 May 2015   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello RedLad,

No worries. It will not affect anything since it's just a cosmetic setting to remove the lock overlay on the icon.
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10 May 2015   #7
RedLad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello RedLad,

No worries. It will not affect anything since it's just a cosmetic setting to remove the lock overlay on the icon.
Thanks for the swift reply Shawn

Also, would you have any idea why the folder doesn't display my name? Why would it be called User?

Here is a screen grab, post #67:

Windows Startup Repair query
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10 May 2015   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome.

The other question would best be answered in that post instead since it's not on topic with this tutorial.
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10 May 2015   #9
RedLad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You're welcome.

The other question would best be answered in that post instead since it's not on topic with this tutorial.
Sorry, my bad.
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