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  1.    04 Aug 2015 #1
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    Can't unmark Read only from folder.


    Hi there, I cant make a folder to full access. It remains as READ only always, when I try to unmark the square mark. Its like there in all of my files and folders. Do anything special to do to make them full access other than unmarking read only ? Thank You.
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  2.    04 Aug 2015 #2
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    I had same problem - all files and folders (except on desktop) had been set to read only. Changing attributes did not work. What I did was go to the security tab, chose edit, find the user and then tick the box which says write (it was always unticked). Can do this for file by file or for whole folders. Hope this helps.
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  3.    06 Aug 2015 #3
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    I tried this and it does not work.


    Quote Originally Posted by steve1711 View Post
    I had same problem - all files and folders (except on desktop) had been set to read only. Changing attributes did not work. What I did was go to the security tab, chose edit, find the user and then tick the box which says write (it was always unticked). Can do this for file by file or for whole folders. Hope this helps.
    I tried this and it does not work - the files remain not accessible. What to do?????
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  4.    06 Aug 2015 #4
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    This again...geeze how many times must we tell people. The read-only attribute in Folder Properties does not apply to folders. (It says so right there next to it.) The box is always a filled in block on Folder Properties no matter what. It will always display as an intermediate value. A check box at three states: Unchecked - Intermediate - Checked.

    Most likely you need to reset the permissions of this folder. I'm going to guess it was setup from another installation of Windows, those permissions are setup for that installation.
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  5.    06 Aug 2015 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
    This again...geeze how many times must we tell people. The read-only attribute in Folder Properties does not apply to folders. (It says so right there next to it.) The box is always a filled in block on Folder Properties no matter what. It will always display as an intermediate value. A check box at three states: Unchecked - Intermediate - Checked.

    Most likely you need to reset the permissions of this folder. I'm going to guess it was setup from another installation of Windows, those permissions are setup for that installation.

    Thanks for replying, logicearth. I got this new computer one month ago with windows 8.1. It did not have this problem. I downloaded and installed windows 10 last week. This week I discovered that all my files are effectively blocked - I cannot edit them and save them (I can however copy them elsewhere, e.g. to my desktop, and edit them and save them there).
    I tried many things to get out of this unsuccessfully - hours and hours of useless work. Under Properties, I tried changing the permissions to Documents folder in the security tab, then removing the read-only in the General tab, but nothing works. I also tried running "control userpassword2" and giving myself admin privileges there, but that did not work either. My files are still unaccessible - word, excel, money, etc.

    It seems that windows 10 screws up the normal course of things in 8.1. It looks like microsoft has again given out stuff before optimizing it.

    What to do? - Should I try to revert to windows 8.1 and give up on windows 10? And will this give me back control of my files? Any instruction as to how to solve the problem would be very welcome.
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  6.    21 Aug 2015 #6
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    I have the same issue on my new windows 8.1 Desktop, not sure what caused it

    I'm going to try reinstalling 8.1
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  7.    21 Aug 2015 #7
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    I personally don't think reverting back to 8.1 now will fix it but you are welcome to try
    Especially since it has been happening on Windows ever since Windows 2000/XP
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  8.    21 Aug 2015 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
    This again...geeze how many times must we tell people. The read-only attribute in Folder Properties does not apply to folders. (It says so right there next to it.) The box is always a filled in block on Folder Properties no matter what. It will always display as an intermediate value. A check box at three states: Unchecked - Intermediate - Checked.
    This question will never go away, because it makes no sense, there is no explanation in the GUI, and it is impossible to universally inform people of anything. And there aren't 3 states, there are 2: a black square and a checkmark, and with only 2 states, an "intermediate" state is impossible. "Unchecked" isn't a real state, because, as you pointed out, "The box is always a filled in block on Folder Properties no matter what." Yes, you can click it once, leaving the checkbox empty, but that doesn't actually do anything.

    Instead of something which makes sense, such as an empty checkbox by default, and clicking it adds a checkmark to the box (or a filled-in square; a checkmark and a filled-in square mean the exact same thing anywhere else on Earth), they have this "two real states plus an illusory state, with the real 'off' state looking exactly like what would be an 'on' state anywhere else, and the real 'on' state requiring two clicks in a row, unlike anywhere else" nonsense. So of course people are going to wonder what the hell is going on.
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  9.    22 Aug 2015 #9
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    I just want to say that my read-only problem suddenly disappeared after a day or two, and I was again able to access my files. Don't ask me why! Maybe the fact that I used the "control userpassword2" ?
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  10.    22 Aug 2015 #10
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    Win 8.1/10

    Ya I'm not waiting for it to just go away
    I'm taking immediate action
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