Cannot Rotate Picture in Windows Photo Viewer

Judging from the large number of comments rotating a picture in Photo Viewer seems to be a common problem and I don't understand why. Have spent a lot of time wading through these postings and still am no closer to an answer. I followed the directions in http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Rotate-a-picture-using-Windows-Photo-Viewer and everything works fine until reaching step 3, where the picture is in Photo Viewer ready to be rotated except that neither rotation arrow functions. Would appreciate someone offering a cogent explanation for the simple function of turning a picture on the screen from sideways to vertical. Many thanks.

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Is this for all pictures or just some?

Check that the 'Read Only' attribute is not set for the picture(s) affected. Right-click the picture, click 'Properties' and on the [General] tab make sure 'Read Only' is not ticked. If it is, try un-ticking it.

If you still can't use rotate, run an sfc /scannow and see if it finds and fixes any problems.

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