> ALL the folders in my vista are set to read only, which makes it
> impossible to edit files inside folders.
> Whenever I uncheck the 'read only' and close the window, it then checks
> it again automatically.
> I've tried taking ownership over a folder and files, and still the same
> It happens to all the folders in my vista, how to solve this ?
Just like it was in NT, Win2k, and XP read/write attributes are not
applicable to folders in Vista (and Win7). If you are having problems with
the files inside the folders, you need to examine their permissions. I see
that you've tried to take ownership, but you didn't say what files/folders,
where they are, or give any details about the issue. Therefore I can't give
you specific help.
Please review these steps to take ownership and see if you have followed
them. If yes and you still can't open files, please post back with the
missing details so we can help you.
A. Check the permissions of the file or folder the file is saved in and take
1. Right-click the file or folder, and then click Properties.
2. Click the Security tab.
3. Under Group or user names, click your name to see the permissions you
To open a file, you need to have read permission. For more information on
permissions, see What are permissions?
A. To take ownership of a folder:
1. Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click
2. Click the Security tab, click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
3. Click Edit. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an
administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide
4. Click the name of the person you want to give ownership to.
5. If you want that person to be the owner of files and subfolders in this
folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.
6. Click OK
B. Run this at an elevated Command Prompt:
cacls c:\ /t /e /g Administrators:f [enter]
This will give full rights to all the files and folders on drive C: to the
Administrators group, any member to this group will then have full rights
to the files.
To grant full rights to a specific user issue the command with the user's
cacls c:\ /t /e /g Steve:f [enter]
will grant Steve full rights to all the files and folders on C:. If the
user name has spaces you must surround it with quotation marks:
cacls c:\ /t /e /g "Some User":f [enter]
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