Folder keeps reverting to read only in Windows 10 / 11 Fix

Some folders/files are made read-only to protect file integrity. But in most cases, you can revert the read-only status of a particular folder/file very easily. Some Windows 11 & Windows 10 users are complaining about a particular issue about the read-only status of file/folder on their system. According to these users, the problematic folder keeps returning the read-only status automatically, making them non editable. If you are facing the same issue on your computer, don’t worry. Follow these easy fixes on your computer. Though mainly this is an issue of inadequacy of proper permissions, sometimes recent Windows 10 update may cause this issue.


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Workarounds

1. Log in to your system with your administrative account. Try to modify the folder/file again.


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2. Disable any antivirus you are using and try it again.

Note: – Please make sure that a tick mark is there in read only checkbox , because some users get confused with black colored read only checkbox, which is only a status indicator.

Read Only Status 1 Min

Fix 1 – Disable the Controlled access

Control access protects your files from getting modified by any third-party application.

1 – Search Controlled folder access in Search box of Windows computer.

 

Controlled Folder Access Min

2 – Switch the ‘Controlled folder access’ to “Off“.

 

Off Controlled Access

 

Close the Windows Security window and reboot your computer. Check if this has worked for you.

 

Fix 2 – Modify the attribute of the problematic folder

You can modify the attribute of the problematic folder.

1. At first, press the Windows key+S keys together. Then, type “cmd” in the search box.

2. Then, right-click on the “Command Prompt” and click on the “Run as administrator“.

 

Cmd.exe Admin

 


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3. Once the terminal appears on your screen, paste this code, modify it according to your requirements, and hit Enter.

attrib -r +s "path of the folder"

 

[NOTE– Replace ‘path of the folder‘ with the troublesome file/folder location on your system. Just click on the folder to go inside the folder and then copy the path from the address bar.

Example– We have a file named ‘Test’ in the ‘C:\Users\Sambit\Pictures\New folder’ location. So, the command will look like this –

attrib -r +sĀ  C:\Users\Sambit\Pictures\New folder\Test.txt

 

Attrib +s

 

]

This will remove the read-only attribute from the file and attach a new default system attribute to the particular file.

Check out this fixes your problem.

NOTE

Sometimes changing the file attribute can create problems with some folders/ files. So, to undo the changes to the file/folder attributes, follow this step-

Type and modify this command in the CMD terminal and press Enter.

attrib -r -s drive:\<path>\foldername

This should discard the system attribute assigned with the previous command.

 

Fix 3 – Modify the Permissions of the drive

Adjust the permission for the drive and test it out.

1. Locate the drive where the file/folder is on your computer.

2. Then, right-click on the drive and click on “Properties“.

 

Props New

 

3. Click on the “Security” tab.

4. Next, click on “Advanced“.

 

Security

 

5. Once the Advanced Security settings appear, click on the “Change Permission“.

 

Change Permission

 

6. Then, select your account from the list in ‘Permission Entries:’.

7. After that, click on “Edit“.

 

Edit Permission

 

8. After this, click on the drop-down and choose “This folder, subfolders, and files“.

9. In the ‘Basic permissions:’ tick the box of “Full control“.

 

This Folders Full Control

 

10. Click on “Apply” and “OK” to save this change.

 

Apply Ok

 

Now, if you have multiple user accounts on your system, you have some additional steps to cover-

1. Press the Windows key+R.

2. Type “C:\Users” and click on “OK“.

 

C Users

 

3. In the Users folder, right-click on the other account (the account you are not using now) and click on “Properties“.

 

Sambit Props

 

4. In the Properties window, click on the “Security” tab.

5. Then, click on “Advanced“.

 

Security

 

6.In the Advanced Security settings click on “Enable inheritance“.

 

Enable Inheritance

 


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7. You need to save this change. Click on “Apply” and “OK“.

 

Apply Ok

 

Check out the folder/file again.

 

Fix 4 – Run SFC and DISM scan checks

You can utilize the system file checker to repair the corrupt files on your system.

1. Press the Windows key+R.

2. Then, type this code and hit Enter.

cmd

 

1 Cmd Run

 

3. To run an SFC scan type this command and hit EnterĀ to run a simple SFC scan.

sfc /scannow

 

Command Prompt Admin Mode Sfc Scannow Enter

 

4. Running a DISM scan is a very easy process. To do so, copy-paste these commands one-by-one and then hit Enter.

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
DISM.exe /online /cleanup-image /startcomponentcleanup

 

Command Prompt (admin) Run Dism Command Enter

 

Once all these checks are complete, close the terminal and restart your device.

Your problem should be solved.

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4 thoughts on “Folder keeps reverting to read only in Windows 10 / 11 Fix”

  1. attrib -r -s drive:\\<foldername

    This doesnt work. It says that parameter format is not correct.

  2. just so you know none of these work, I know you are probably gonna try every possible solution but asure you the only POSSIBLE solution is to reinstall windows, so yeah backup all your files and good luck

  3. C:\WINDOWS\system32>DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 10.0.19041.844

    Error: 112

    An error occurred accessing the temporary folder C:\Users\mikel\AppData\Local\Temp\0E2F77C3-BBDB-4E2A-A96E-8699F82929BC.
    Ensure that the path to the temporary folder exists and that you have Read/Write permissions on the folder.

    The DISM log file can be found at C:\WINDOWS\Logs\DISM\dism.log

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