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Windows 7: cannot uncheck folders' read-only attribute

10 Nov 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
cannot uncheck folders' read-only attribute

Hi all.
I have troubles with the read-only attribute of folders.

I create folders and they are read-only by default. When I uncheck the read-only attribute it appears to obay my command but further inspection aftewards reveals that nothing has really happened.

I am the owner, I give to myself full rights but I cannot gain control on this feature.

It's very frustrating as I cannot edit the files in these folders.

I checked the web and found some pruposed solutions like using the dos attrib command but... no luck.

I'd appreciate any suggestions.

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10 Nov 2013   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Skylos,

Double check using the tutorial below to see if it may help. In Windows, folders cannot be set as read-only. Only the files in the folders can be.

If the box is blue , then it's a default neutral setting that is always displayed. For a folder, it means all files in the folder not to be set as read-only.

Read-only File and Folder Attribute

Did you also take ownership of and set your account "Full control" of the files in the folder?

Take Ownership of file

Hope this helps, :)
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