How to remove read-only attribute in Windows 10

Remove read-only

When I recently upgraded to Windows 10, it made one of the folders as read-only. I am trying to remove read-only attribute but it is not working. May be I am doing something wrong. Please guide me, how I can remove read-only attribute in Windows 10. – Hazel

There could be multiple reasons why Windows may not be letting you remove read-only option from your folder. However, it is usually because you might not have permissions to the folder. We will walk thru the steps of getting the permissions correct, but before we do that, let’s look at the steps one needs to follow to remove read-only attribute in Windows 10.

Remove read-only attribute

  1. Open File Explorer. My preferred way is to press the key combination Win+E.
    File Explorer
  2. Go to the folder where you are seeing the issue.
  3. Right click in any empty area and click Properties.
    Click Properties
  4. In the General tab, un-check the Read-only attribute. NOTE: You may have to click it more than once to un-check it as these are usually tri-state.
    Remove read-only
  5. Now click the Ok button.

Fix permissions

Log-in as an administrator

Windows 10 supports multiple account groups but the most common ones are Administrator and Standard user. It is possible that your account is a standard user account but the folder you are trying to change requires permissions of an Administrator.

  1. Make sure you log-in with an account that has administrator privileges.
  2. Follow the steps mentioned in remove read-only attribute in Windows 10.

Take Ownership of the folder

If logging in as an administrator does not help, it must be that the ownership of the folder is registered to some other system account. Don’t worry all is not lost. As long as we are able to use the machine with an administrator account, you can take the following steps to take ownership for the folder/ files:

  1. Make sure you log-in with an account that has administrator privileges.
  2. Open File Explorer. My preferred way is to press the key combination Win+E.
    File Explorer
  3. Go to the folder where you are seeing the issue.
  4. Right click in any empty area and click Properties.
    Click Properties
  5. Click the Security tab.
    Security tab
  6. Now click the Advanced button to open Advanced Security Settings dialog.
    Advanced
  7. Click the Change link next to the Owner.
    Click Change
  8. In the field ‘Enter the object name to select‘, type the name of the user you would like to grant permissions to.
    Click Check Name
  9. Click the Check Names button.
  10. If there are multiple matches, it may ask you to select which of those you wish to use.
  11. Click Ok.
  12. Back in the ‘Advanced Security Settings‘ dialog a new check box would appear. Let’s turn on that check box that would say Replace owner on subcontainers and objects.
  13. Click Ok on all remaining dialog boxes.
  14. Follow the steps mentioned in remove read-only attribute in Windows 10.

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