If you wish to remove and change or modify the read-only permissions on a file or folder in Windows, then you have to do a two-stage process. It might look a bit complicated to you, but if you follow the guide correctly, then you will be able to change the read-only permissions. The two-stage process includes the ownership of files or folders and then proceed to change the permissions of these read-only files or folder.
Here is how to modify read-only files or folders
Try taking the Ownership of Files and Folders
- Turn on your computer and access it with an admin account.
- Press Windows Key + E combination to open the File Explorer program.
- Find and click the folder you want to modify or change.
- Go to the top of the File Explorer window.
- Select the Share button and go to the Advanced Security tab.
- Make sure that your name is not appearing in the Owner section.
- If you can see the name, then skip to Change Permissions section.
- If you cannot see the name, then click Change.
- Select User or Group box will appear. Click Advanced in the box.
- Click Find Now button from the right side of the box.
- Select your name and click Ok.
- Again click the Ok button.
- Now, check if the name is currently appearing in the Owner section.
- When taking the ownership, check to Replace owner on subcontainers and objects option.
- Click the Apply button and proceed to click the Ok button.
- Now you have successfully taken the ownership of the file or the folder.
Change the Permissions
- Open the File Explorer and select the file or folder you want to change.
- Go to the top of the File Explorer and find Share tab.
- Now, click the Share tab.
- Click the Advanced Security option.
- Go to Permission Entries section and click the Add button.
- Move to the bottom left corner of the dialog box and click the Advanced button.
- Navigate and click Find Now button.
- Find and click the username from search results.
- Click the Ok button twice.
- Navigate to Basic Permission section and find Full Control.
- Now select the Full Control check box and click Ok.
- Go to the Principal column and ensure the username is appearing right next to Allow.
- Click Ok and finish the modification or changing the permission of files or folders.
Changing or modifying the files or folder in Windows is very complicated, but this procedure is a bit time-consuming. Still, you can now modify the read-only files or folders anytime you want to as you know the methods and steps.
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