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Can’t remove read-only from folder in Windows 11: Quick Fix

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Windows 11 is a popular operating system that comes with many useful features and tools. However, sometimes users may encounter issues with their folders and files, such as being unable to remove the read-only attribute from a folder. This issue can be frustrating, as it can prevent you from making changes to your files and folders.

In this article, we have discussed different methods to help you remove the read-only attribute of your folder on Windows 11.

Also read: Windows 11 cumulative update kb5016691 failed: 10 Fixes


Methods to remove the read-only attribute of a folder on Windows 11?

Below we have explained a few methods that might help you remove the read-only attribute of a folder on Windows 11.

Switch to Administrator Account

It is possible that the folder you are trying to modify is created by the administrator account, insufficient permissions are one of the most common causes of issues while modifying the read-only attribute of a folder which is created by the administrator account. To know how to do it follow the steps below.

Step 1: Log in with the Administrator account and then right-click on the folder whose settings you want to modify. In the drop-down menu click on the Properties option.

Step 2: In Properties, click on the Security tab and then click on the Edit button.

Step 3: Select the user for whom you want to modify the settings and then modify the settings located under Permissions for Authenticated Users. After modifying the settings click on Apply button and then Ok.


Modify Drive permissions

If the above method didn’t resolve your issue then you need to modify the drive permission in which that folder is stored. To know how to modify the drive permissions follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open the File Explorer and right-click on the drive in which the folder is stored and then in the drop-down menu click on the Properties option.

Step 2: In Properties, click on the Security tab and then click on the Advanced button.

Step 3: On the next screen, click on the Change Permissions button.

Step 4: Select the user account for whom you want to modify the permissions and then click on the Edit button.

Step 5: Check the Full Control box located under the Basic Permissions and then click on the OK button.


Remove the read-only attribute through Command Prompt

There are several methods through which you can change the read-only attribute of a folder, if you were unable to remove the read-only attribute f a folder through folder properties, then you can try removing the read-only attribute through the command prompt. To do that follow the steps below.

Step 1: Copy the folder path and then open the Command Prompt and type the command Attrib -r +s “Your Folder path”. Replace the Your folder path in the command with the path you copied.

After entering the command, hit Enter.


Disable Controlled folder access from Ransomware Protection

Controlled folder access is a built-in security measure in Windows designed to safeguard your files and folders against unauthorized alterations. Additionally, this feature can impose limitations on modifying folder attributes in Windows 11. To know how to disable it follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open the Virus and Threat protection by searching the Virus and Threat protection in the Windows search. Click on Manage ransomware protection.

Step 2: Make sure the toggle is turned off under Controlled folder access.


Check for corrupt or damaged system files

System files that are corrupted or damaged can interfere with the functioning of Windows and lead to various issues. To check for the problem, you can perform an SFC (System File Checker) scan on your computer. To do that open the command prompt and type the command sfc /scannow and hit the Enter button.

After completing the scan windows will show you any problems that it found and give instructions to fix the problems.

Also read: Bluetooth headphones delay in Windows 11: 5 Fixes

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Akash Singh

Akash is a law graduate who likes to go for bike rides on the weekends soul-searching for answers to his many existential questions. You can contact him here: [email protected]

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