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Windows 7: After downgrading back to Windows 7 from 10 I have Padlocks everywhere

01 Aug 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
After downgrading back to Windows 7 from 10 I have Padlocks everywhere

I thought I want Windows 10, however it kept crashing and rebooting saying the display driver stopped working. After rebooting about a dozen times, I had enough and found a place that said to revert back to Windows 7 (Home Premium). I did and now I have padlocks on a lot of short cuts on my desktop and God know where else. What happen and how do I get rid of them?

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10 Aug 2015   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64

I had the same problem and I had to remove each of them manually:

1-Right-click on the folder with the lock icon and select Properties. Switch to the Security tab, and then press the Edit… button.
2-A list of groups and users that have access to the folder appears. Missing from the list will be the “Users” group. Click the Add… button.
3-Enter “Users” into the text field. Click the Check Names button or click OK. “Users” will change to the location of the Users group on your particular computer.
4-The Users group should now appear in the list of Groups and Users with access to the folder. You can modify the permissions there. I clicked Full and all went back to how it was before downgrading from Windows 10.
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10 Aug 2015   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

This should not be an issue but I have seen a few reports of upgrade installs failing to set the old permissions for the new users on Win10

full info on resetting permissions is available here ... Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups
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10 Aug 2015   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

Thanks to both for the reply. As Merry mentioned the "user" was missing. I did get some of the padlocks removed by checking allowing everyone. It was pretty scary at first seeing all the padlocks. I appreciate the reply and they both have helped me.Thanks again.
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 After downgrading back to Windows 7 from 10 I have Padlocks everywhere

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