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Windows 7: Folder locked by wmpnetwk.exe

22 Nov 2010   #11
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
Girded my loins and tried the "brutal" method to no avail I'm afraid!
Shall now resort to imbibing whisky and seeing what tomorrow may bring!



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22 Nov 2010   #12
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
Thank you Rich, I have unlocked my folder now but there is still a lock showing on the icon. Problem remains though i still cannot gain access to new sub folders . I can create them but cannot rename them or ideed put anything in them. Any further thoughts?
If I've understood you correctly, the folder of which you speak has a lock icon overlay across it, like this:
Folder locked by wmpnetwk.exe-image1.jpg

This is one of two things: Either the folder is shared for specific users only, or is not shared and is accessible only to a specifc user. I'll assume the second - the folder is not accessible to the "Users" group.

As shown in this screenshot, the "TV1" folder is accessible only to "SYSTEM", "Peter Dzomlija" (myself) and "Administrators":
Folder locked by wmpnetwk.exe-image2.jpg

To remove the lock icon, do this:
1) In the Security Tab, click "Edit":
Folder locked by wmpnetwk.exe-image3.jpg

2) Click "Add":
Folder locked by wmpnetwk.exe-image4.jpg

3) Click "Advanced":
Folder locked by wmpnetwk.exe-image5.jpg

4) Click "Find Now":
Folder locked by wmpnetwk.exe-image6.jpg

5) Select "Users COMPUTER_NAME" at the bottom of the list:
Folder locked by wmpnetwk.exe-image7.jpg

6) The Lock overlay icon should be gone:
Folder locked by wmpnetwk.exe-image8.jpg

7) Click "OK" To add "Users" to the security list.

8) Repeat steps 2-7 to optionally add other users.




This usually happens when the "File Sharing" wizard (shown below) is used to stop sharing a folder:
Folder locked by wmpnetwk.exe-image9.jpg

I've actually gotten into the habit already of adding the "Users" group to security permissions immediately after I stop sharing a folder...


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22 Nov 2010   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dzomlija View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
Thank you Rich, I have unlocked my folder now but there is still a lock showing on the icon. Problem remains though i still cannot gain access to new sub folders . I can create them but cannot rename them or ideed put anything in them. Any further thoughts?
If I've understood you correctly, the folder of which you speak has a lock icon overlay across it, like this:
Attachment 116594

This is one of two things: Either the folder is shared for specific users only, or is not shared and is accessible only to a specifc user. I'll assume the second - the folder is not accessible to the "Users" group.

As shown in this screenshot, the "TV1" folder is accessible only to "SYSTEM", "Peter Dzomlija" (myself) and "Administrators":
Attachment 116595

To remove the lock icon, do this:
1) In the Security Tab, click "Edit":
Attachment 116596

2) Click "Add":
Attachment 116597

3) Click "Advanced":
Attachment 116598

4) Click "Find Now":
Attachment 116599

5) Select "Users COMPUTER_NAME" at the bottom of the list:
Attachment 116600

6) The Lock overlay icon should be gone:
Attachment 116601

7) Click "OK" To add "Users" to the security list.

8) Repeat steps 2-7 to optionally add other users.




This usually happens when the "File Sharing" wizard (shown below) is used to stop sharing a folder:
Attachment 116602

I've actually gotten into the habit already of adding the "Users" group to security permissions immediately after I stop sharing a folder...
Nice post, but there is an Apply somwhere between steps 7 and 8 - else it does not work.
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23 Nov 2010   #14
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Nice post, but there is an Apply somwhere between steps 7 and 8 - else it does not work.
Apply is only there if you want to save changes you have made to settings, but don't want the dialog box to close, which will happen if you click OK.

Worked fine for me by clicking OK while I was writing...
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23 Nov 2010   #15
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks for all the replies. I followed the above but got this message when I tried to add Administrator:
Folder locked by wmpnetwk.exe-capture74.png


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23 Nov 2010   #16
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
Thanks for all the replies. I followed the above but got this message when I tried to add Administrator:
Attachment 116797
Try taking ownership first then...
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23 Nov 2010   #17
Bill2

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

Really, I think it would be easier to just copy the data on that drive back to your hdd (if it lets you copy), then format it. That way you can start on a clean slate.
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23 Nov 2010   #18
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Really, I think it would be easier to just copy the data on that drive back to your hdd (if it lets you copy), then format it. That way you can start on a clean slate.
Exactly what I was thinking myself. I think that will save me a lot of time. Will set up the transfer later as it will take some time. Thank you for the suggestion. Will report back when done. Likely to be a couple of days.
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24 Nov 2010   #19
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Just to report back. I transferred all my data from the Ext HD to my C drive. Took the opportunity to do a good clean up of rubbish too. Then I formatted the Ext HD. Then transferred the data back using the same folder names as original. All problems solved, thanks to all for your help.
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