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Thread: Fixing the Windows 7 and Vista Read-Only Folder Blues

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    Join Date
    Aug 2002

    Default Fixing the Windows 7 and Vista Read-Only Folder Blues

    We've been noting a lot of our customers have been getting bug reports when attempting to pay, edit, save transactions and such. We are finding out that Windows is blocking access by changing the folders and files to be "Read Only".

    This actually happened to me on one of my computers and I searched and found the solution to fix the problem below.

    What was bad is that it happened to me like a half a dozen times last year until I changed the UAC control as shown at the link below.

    An excerpt from this page with the solution is below:

    "Are some of your directories showing up as read-only? Join the crowd. It's a common problem in Windows 7, but there are a few ways to address it.

    Recently, a friend reported that since the April 13th Windows security patch, her copy of 64-bit Windows 7 is marking all folders as "read only"¯ and she couldn't find an easy way to fix it. She's not alone. But this isn't a problem that's unique to either 64-bit Windows 7 or this particular set of patches. Instead, it seems to be an endemic problem with Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

    It seems that several things can cause this problem. Among the causes: patching the system, upgrading from one version of Windows to another, and saving files to the top-level directory (C:\). Microsoft knows this is an issue, but for some reason the company doesn't call it a bug."
    Paul Mayer
    ZPAY Payroll Systems, Inc.

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    Join Date
    Aug 2002

    Default Quick Way to Restore Read / Write Privileges to My Documents

    A quick way to restore the Read / Write privileges to the My Documents Folder under Windows 7 is as follows:

    Open your Documents folder and click on the drop button as shown below and then RIGHT Click on the My Documents folder as seen below.

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    From the pop up menu select Properties as seen below:

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    Then if the Read-only check box appears like seen below, click it to un-select it.

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    Once it is deselected, click the OK button to start the un-blocking of your ability to save files to the My Documents folder.

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    The last step is to click OK when you see the final message box like seen below.

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    Paul Mayer
    ZPAY Payroll Systems, Inc.

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