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Files marked as "Read only" - how do I reset them?

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#1 Julia-the-PCGP


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Posted 08 February 2015 - 02:42 PM



I have some documents, music and picture files on a Windows Vista PC which I had to backup from a PC after the installation became corrupt. They're now been restored to the PC after re-installing Windows.


But I have an infuriating problem which is preventing me from using those files !!


I first realised something was wrong when I tried to run iTunes and got an error about file permissions not being able to access a file. As it was a 'system file' I assumed this was a minor problem, so I ran a 'repair installation' but the problem remains.


When I looked at the file folder itself, I have noticed that the "Read only" box is dark grey. I can clear it and Windows says it goes through the files to remove the permission, at one point saying I need to grant Permission. At the end, the box is clear. But as soon as I close the dialogue box and re-open it, it's gone back to dark grey again (undoing what I just did!!)


Can you advise me how to correct this "fault" and regain Full Control of all the files?


I have in the past (a very long time ago) followed instructions on changing file permissions of files and folders, so I'm not easily phased by complex repair instructions.



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Posted 10 February 2015 - 03:37 AM

Just a guess, but this may be iTunes DRM getting in the way. If you just copied the files from another source, the DRM may be balking. You may have to login to iTunes and re-download that stuff.

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