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Windows 7: Desktop converts everything to 'Read Only'.

26 Jun 2017   #11

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone

It is an attribute setting in either


that is producing the read only write protect. However, this is already proving to be frustrating.

Dose the computer have other user accounts? I have seen this before happen when all of a sudden %USERPROFILE% cannot access own folders, yet administrator ("admin") and guest ("Everybody") can access %USERPROFILE% folders.

If it has happened only recently, then Windows Updates might have caused the problem.

So, instead try undoing/rolling back recent updates and see if that cures the issue.

Alternatively, you could try disable the guest user account, (that is what I did on mine) and see if the issue remains or has been solved.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jun 2017   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

I can create a file from my startup/documents/quick notes---but when I move it to my desktop---it converts to 'read only'. Funny part is, when I'm in 'documents', if I use the file menu to 'create a shortcut', and have it moved to my desktop, the file remains editable. In attrib, the 'read only' box is not checked, and not colored blue.
I've decided that this is the only way I deal with this problem without further frustration. Again, thanks for the help

It seems that the method you are using is not saving the document to where it should be saved, so it is not related to any program on your computer & hence it opens as read only. In other words the computer cannot find the where the root file is located so it's opening it as Read Only, which means you cannot edit of change it.

Normally you would create a document in Word & save it in the normal way, which would be saved to your default folder, which is usually in the Documents Library. You could check where Word is saving documents, by opening File, then Options, then Save & look for the Default saving location.

Using the Short Cut method to save it to the Desktop is really the best method as it preserves the original location & does not scatter documents in the wrong folders.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Desktop converts everything to 'Read Only'.

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