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Windows 7: Can not rename files on C drive in Windows explorer

18 Mar 2017   #1
creid145

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Can not rename files on C drive in Windows explorer

When I try to rename a file or folder in windows explorer nothing happens then I hear the dreaded failure ding.

I have no problem renaming files and folders on my external E drive just on the C drive.


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18 Mar 2017   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

What file and/or folder are you trying to rename. If it's System owned then it's protected and made hard to delete on purpose to prevent messing up the OS.
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18 Mar 2017   #3
creid145

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
What file and/or folder are you trying to rename. If it's System owned then it's protected and made hard to delete on purpose to prevent messing up the OS.
I am only trying to rename files and folders for a project I am working on. Nothing to do with system files or anything like that.
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19 Mar 2017   #4
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Can you provide the complete path to the folder or files?
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20 Mar 2017   #5
Bernardus

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Maybe permissions?
There is also a tool unlocker.
Seems that the permissions prevent you to change things.
That is related to your account. R click on a file and read the permissions. Properties security.
If your not the administrator your account may be restricted.
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20 Mar 2017   #6
BisVal

Win 7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

Open the file through the program that created it and try to rename with Save as/
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05 Sep 2017   #7
apb

win 7 pro x64
 
 

I have the same problem, and it is not a simple security problem. I am a member of admin group, and these are files I created. I have tried taking ownership recursively, changing read-only recursively, and giving authenticated users full control recursively. None of it works. In fact in a directory which has this problem, if I use explorer to create a new folder, it creates a folder named 'New Folder' and immediately dings and disallows renaming or deleting that folder.

I am, however, able to effortlessly do this with an external program.

I believe the source of this problem is that these files were copied in, a whole directory at a time, from an external machine. I think files that arrived this way have some special lock that I do not know how to reset. I.e., these are files from "untrusted source." Any ideas?

edit: I should add that on the machine these came from, there was no such problem, so it is unrelated to the path.

Thanks. --peter
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05 Sep 2017   #8
apb

win 7 pro x64
 
 
Solved -- explorer bug

Ok, I solved the problem.

Apparently it's a bug in explorer, or maybe a bit got flipped. I killed all running explorer processes, and restarted explorer, and the problem went away. That means it would also go away on reboot, presumably.

I didn't think I had previously had this problem, so I began to suspect explorer. Explorer is really a POS. It should at the very least not just "ding" without telling you why, not to mention many other shortcomings.
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14 Sep 2017   #9
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Did you kill "explore" or "explorer"? "Explore" is the Windows 7 interface, not the file manager.
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14 Sep 2017   #10
apb

win 7 pro x64
 
 

I don't know what the process "explore" is, nor is there a process of that name on my win 7 machine. As far as I know, "explorer" in windows since at least xp is BOTH the file manager AND the desktop interface and window manager. ...A stupid design decision, imho, but that's how MS has chosen to do it. I also don't know what "Windows 7 interface" means. Maybe you mean the desktop UI, but I believe that's "explorer."

In any case, as I said, I killed all instances of "explorer," no more, no less.

--p.
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