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Windows 7: Print to XPS from IE8 Produces Locked Document

04 Apr 2010   #1
juanantoniod

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Print to XPS from IE8 Produces Locked Document

Hello,

I have been printing from IE8 to XPS for as long as the two have been available, and have never encountered this problem. When I print from IE8 to an XPS Printer file, it shows the XPS document with a lock symbol on it, and the document cannot be seen from my other network computers.

I have tested this and isolated it to only be when printing to XPS from IE8. I did this by printing to XPS from Word, saving to XPS from Word, saving the document as a Word Document. However, I also tried saving a Web page as an MHT (Internet archive), and that file has a lock on it as well. I just reinstalled Windows 7, and my apps, and had been "fiddling" with the settings, so it is very possible that I changed something in IE8 without knowing what the consequences would be.

If anyone could please help me with this, I really need it resolved soon, because I do a lot of printing to XPS files from IE8 documents.

Thanks in advance,

~Antonio


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04 Apr 2010   #2
mrdemon

Windows 7 Home Pre
 
 

Well i just tryed it out and There dont seem to be any locked options, lol. So pass.
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05 Apr 2010   #3
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

juanantonoid,

Generally speaking, the lock icon is a permissions issue. However, how it has certainly developed on your xps files is somewhat mystifying. Heres walkthrough on how to give yourself permission to access files and folders.

Windows 7 Take Ownership & Grant Permissions to Access Files & Folder

If it is any consolation, this permissions business is driving a lot of people crazy. Good luck!
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08 Apr 2010   #4
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by juanantoniod View Post
Hello,

I have been printing from IE8 to XPS for as long as the two have been available, and have never encountered this problem. When I print from IE8 to an XPS Printer file, it shows the XPS document with a lock symbol on it, and the document cannot be seen from my other network computers.
The lock icon means the file is not shared. That is why you cannot see it from other computers over the network. Simply go into the file's Properties > Security > Advance > Edit > check "Inherit parent..." > Ok > Ok > Ok. Or do this from the parent folder but instead check the second checkbox.
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08 Apr 2010   #5
juanantoniod

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by juanantoniod View Post
Hello,

I have been printing from IE8 to XPS for as long as the two have been available, and have never encountered this problem. When I print from IE8 to an XPS Printer file, it shows the XPS document with a lock symbol on it, and the document cannot be seen from my other network computers.
The lock icon means the file is not shared. That is why you cannot see it from other computers over the network. Simply go into the file's Properties > Security > Advance > Edit > check "Inherit parent..." > Ok > Ok > Ok. Or do this from the parent folder but instead check the second checkbox.
I kinda figured out recently that it had something to do with Homegroup sharing settings. However, when I share a Homegroup folder, the sub-folders and documents do not take on the share settings.

How can I set up my Homegroup share setting for full access on the Folder that I am sharing, and any sub-folders or sub-documents that now exist, or are created in the future?

Thank you for the reply, by the way. I do appreciate you looking out for my question.

Take good care,

~Antonio
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08 Apr 2010   #6
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

On the folder you setup with Homegroup, go into Properties and Advance Security settings.
See image below.


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08 Apr 2010   #7
juanantoniod

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thank you very much! That was most helpful for my sharing "problems". Although, it did not change the fact that IE prints and saves documents which are "locked". Not even Microsoft can figure this one out... I think that it is from a Windows security update because IE8 is now "part of" the OS, and changing the settings for OS "vulnerability" ultimately has an effect on IE8. If anyone has any ideas on how to fix this, it would be welcome, as this is driving me nuts! (I save documents that I would normally print to XPS, thus saving paper and considerable time in my file folders.)
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08 Apr 2010   #8
juanantoniod

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Printing or Saving from IE8 Produces Locked Files

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by juanantoniod View Post
Hello,

I have been printing from IE8 to XPS for as long as the two have been available, and have never encountered this problem. When I print from IE8 to an XPS Printer file, it shows the XPS document with a lock symbol on it, and the document cannot be seen from my other network computers.
The lock icon means the file is not shared. That is why you cannot see it from other computers over the network. Simply go into the file's Properties > Security > Advance > Edit > check "Inherit parent..." > Ok > Ok > Ok. Or do this from the parent folder but instead check the second checkbox.
Hello,

Thanks for the comment. I appreciate your input. However, I do not want to have to unlock each XPS or MHT file that I save from IE8, since I save and print Web pages this way a lot! There has gotta be a setting in the OS or the registry that was changed for "security" by a Microsoft Windows Update that is doing this. According to the imbecile at Microsoft, the reason they do it to IE only is because IE sharing files can do the most damage to a network. Whatever...

~Antonio
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16 Apr 2011   #9
HaeYu

Windows 7 Home Premium 32
 
 

I realize this post is old, but I had the same problem only in Windows 7 only in IE 8 and 9 and was trying to figure it out.
The Microsoft guy is talking out of his butt.
1) If you save the document to a folder that is under a library - My Documents, My Music, etc, you get the locked icon. If you save it to any other folder that is not in library - Desktop, user root directory, etc then you don't get the icon. When you Save As, it doesn't matter if you choose the directory through the library or directly through the user profile (like My Documents)
2) If you save it to a folder that locks it (in a library) and move it out to one that doesn't (to the desktop another folder), the icon goes away. Move it back and it returns.
3) The aforementioned per-file permissions also works, but is tedious.
4) So a quick workaround is to save it on your desktop or another folder (that isn't included in a library) and then move it over to permanent storage.

It's dumb that MS changed the behavior, but what can you do? Save as pdf...
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16 Apr 2011   #10
juanantoniod

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Thank you, and welcome!

Hello HaeYu,

I see that you have recently joined the forum, and although I am not the official ambassador or anything, I want to welcome you to a place that has been very helpful, with kind, understanding people who come together and share knowledge for everyone's benefit.

Your answer to my post is greatly appreciated, and I am thankful that you figured out why it was doing that.

With thaid said, however, I have since then given up on XPS files in favor of printing to PDF -- a much more common format. I thought that Microsoft was being 'nice' in giving this Adobe alternative (XPS), but I guess nothing comes without cost.

I have found that PDF is a much more reliable, and common format than XPS.

Take good care,
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