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[*] Post 482474 posted on 4-1-2014 at 12:21 Reply With Quote
Padlock symbol on Folder

Dear Forum,
I have come across several folders on different drives that have a Padlock symbol on the folder, I have tried unsuccessfully to remove this and allow all users on the network to view or alter the contents within. Any help or suggestions to remedy this would be most appreciated.
Regards, Miket.

P.S. This is an I7 chipped motherboard with Windows 7 Ultimate.
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[*] Post 482510 posted on 5-1-2014 at 00:10 Reply With Quote

Some of these folders are system locks and cannot be removed. Interestingly enough, the documents folder is one of those, however, you'll also find that there is another one that allows access to it anyway.

I'm assuming that you are familiar with setting up file shares. You'll also need to set up the permissions tab too or network users will not have any joy. Especially if they are not using W7.

A useful tool that works on some files is take ownership, if it's just locked by an unruly program or another user it works quite well. It also adds to the right click menu so you don't have to look for it. Read the blurb before you download, just so you understand what it does, and how.
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[*] Post 482562 posted on 5-1-2014 at 19:59 Reply With Quote

That's the best way. But, there's an easier one, if it still works...

Create a random directory, somewhere (Desktop?) and copy the files to that directory.

Move them back to where they were (Confirm overwrite) and you'll find that the padlock has vanished...
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