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

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 Files and Folders - Remove in Windows 7-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





Published by
2 Weeks Ago   #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.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
2 Weeks Ago   #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????
My System SpecsSystem Spec
2 Weeks Ago   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

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
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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