Give permissions to files and folders in Windows 10

Original title: REad only

Windows 10 has set all my files and folders to read only. I am not able to turn this off. Is there a trick to this as right clicking and unchecking read only I get you need admin rights message and it doesn't work. This is causing some games and programs I have to not work correctly.

 

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Hi,

Thank you for posting in Microsoft Community. I understand your concern and I'll be glad to assist you.

Please follow through.

  1. In Windows Explorer, right-click the file or folder you want to work with.
  2. From the pop-up menu, select Properties, and then in the Properties dialog box click the Security tab.

  3. In the Name list box, select the user, contact, computer, or group whose permissions you want to view. If the permissions are dimmed, it means the permissions are inherited from a parent object.

 Turn off UAC (User Account Control)

Before you can do anything, you must turn off the UAC, or you will be locked out of the following steps.

1) Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> User Accounts
2) Click "Change User Account Control Settings"
3) Move slider all the way down to "Never Notify"
4) Reboot

2) Take Ownership

Yes take ownership. Even though you are logged on as an Administrator, you can't change files that don't belong to you. The Program Files folder is set to the Trusted Installer group and the Administrator doesn't have the rights to change anything. So now we have to claim all the files and folders.

1) Open Windows Explorer
2) R-Click on Program Files -> Properties -> Security Tab
3) Click Advanced -> Owner
4) Click Edit
5) Select Administrators -> Put a checkmark in Replace owner on subcontainers & objects -> Apply
6) Wait a while.....
7) When it finishes, Click OK on all boxes to close everything

3) Fix Permissions

Now that you own the files, you have to give yourself permission to modify them

1) R-Click on Program Files -> Properties -> Security Tab
2) Click Advanced -> Change Permission
3) Select Administrators (any entry) -> Edit
4) Change the Apply To drop down box to This Folder, Subfolder & Files
5) Put check in Full Control under Allow column -> OK -> Apply
6) Wait some more.....
7) When it finishes, the dialog boxes may hide behind the Explorer window. Minimize it and click OK on all the the dialog boxes

8) Reboot PC.

Hope this post helps. Get back to us for further queries. We are happy to help.

Thanks & Regards
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At 3) Fix Permissions, Step 3 Select Administrators (any entry) -> Edit, I don't get an Edit option or button.

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Hi,

You may need to take ownership before you can "EDIT" as mentioned...

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3) Click Advanced -> Owner


3) Fix Permissions

Now that you own the files, you have to give yourself permission to modify them

1) R-Click on Program Files -> Properties -> Security Tab
2) Click Advanced -> Change Permission
3) Select Administrators (any entry) -> Edit
4) Change the Apply To drop down box to This Folder, Subfolder & Files
5) Put check in Full Control under Allow column -> OK -> Apply
6) Wait some more.....
7) When it finishes, the dialog boxes may hide behind the Explorer window. Minimize it and click OK on all the the dialog boxes

8) Reboot PC.

Hope this post helps. Get back to us for further queries. We are happy to help.

This is not an exact fit for Windows 10. I was able to work my way through #2 but I still can't get #3 to work. 

Is it possible to post a dialogue for Windows 10 that will work. Thanks

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Hi,

After you take ownership... and be sure to check the box to "Replace Owner On Subconatiners and Objects"...

Then...

Close out of all of the open windows and start over with the Advanced button...

1) select "ADD" near the bottom

2) select "Select A Principal" at the top...

3) Advanced

4) Find Now

5) Select User from list...Your user name, or any you want to add.

6) Give the new user\owner full permissions...

7) Do Not check the box "Include Inheritable Permissions From This Object's Parent""

8) Select "Apply"...

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1) Open Windows Explorer
2) R-Click on Program Files -> Properties -> Security Tab
3) Click Advanced -> Owner
4) Click Edit
5) Select Administrators -> Put a checkmark in Replace owner on subcontainers & objects -> Apply

6) Wait a while.....
7) When it finishes, Click OK on all boxes to close everything
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This works until part way through #6 it fails when it gets to my folders that contain my security software. 

then I get

"an error occurred when applying security information to:

(a file in my security software) and for the next 200 or so files in the folders for my security software (Trend Micro)

"Failed to enumerate objects in the container. Access is denied."

So I am not sure that it ever properly finishes #6.

as a result the Fix Permissions doesn't want to work for me 

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Hi,

You might try Authenticated Users or your User name...

You may need to do thid directly on the Security Software folder...

On rare occasions you may need to delete some of the other users, but be sure to keep anything involving the security program itself...

I don't have access to Win 10 at the moment, but have been seeing all kind of needless stuff in the permissions of some of my files...

Sometimes a half dozen users with just a number like S-**** **** **** **** ****...

Administrators, Authenticated Users, System, You, and possibly the actual program are all that you should need...

Be careful with this stuff... it can be a nightmare if it gets messed up too badly...

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Hi,

You might try Authenticated Users or your User name...

You may need to do thid directly on the Security Software folder...

On rare occasions you may need to delete some of the other users, but be sure to keep anything involving the security program itself...

I don't have access to Win 10 at the moment, but have been seeing all kind of needless stuff in the permissions of some of my files...

Sometimes a half dozen users with just a number like S-**** **** **** **** ****...

Administrators, Authenticated Users, System, You, and possibly the actual program are all that you should need...

Be careful with this stuff... it can be a nightmare if it gets messed up too badly...

This starting to get beyond my pay grade. If you were to provide a specific script of the steps to carry out what you are suggesting, I could follow that. Otherwise I am not sure where to start and what the steps might be.

Thank you for your assistance.

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Hi,

I can't provide a script... that is above my paygrade !

But I'm posting a screenshot of what the Advanced Security screen on a newly created ProgramFiles folder looks like before modification... If you wanted tp post one of your security program folder, I might be able to be of more help...

I should note that one of the reasons you are encountering issues with this, is because being a "Security" program, it may have more restrictions as far as making changes go.

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Here are three screen shots that will hopefully help solve my problem.

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