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Windows 7: Windows 7 is start to not allow me to reanme a file/folder

27 Oct 2017   #1

windows 7 ultimate
Windows 7 is start to not allow me to reanme a file/folder

as it THINKS the file OR folder is "the action cant be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program" and it is not. I go to the Task Manager and STOP almost everything and still complains. About all I have exec is the basic OS and still it complains. Then it will be OK.
I have to close all applications, Explorer..... before it will finally let me rename.

It just started doing this.
My first OS was DOS 1 and the only one i skipped was win 8.

Anyone experienced this before and fixed it?

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27 Oct 2017   #2

win 8 32 bit

What is the folder specifically? You could boot to good old dos prompt and do it.
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27 Oct 2017   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86

I've found two things that can keep me from changing a file name or deleting a file, in Windows (any version).

One, is that the OS tells me I don't have the permission to access/change the file.

Two is that the file has a 'Read Only' attribute attached to it. ???

So when I set up a new OS, I install a program called "Grant Admin Full Control" (easy to find and download from the internet). With a right click on any file or folder, I can take control of that file and make me the Owner of it.

For the second problem, I right click on the file, and then click on "Properties" and then I can take away the 'Read Only' attribute, apply the change, and the file is MINE!

Finally, I can do what I want with the file.

So stop being a slave to your OS....become its Master!

Cheers Mate!
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27 Oct 2017   #4

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TechnoMage2016 View Post
Two is that the file has a 'Read Only' attribute attached to it. ???
W7 OS and later ignore the "Read-only" attribute.
3rd Party file managers ignore it too.

Other programs are restricted by "Read-only" though.
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