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I have shared a folder on Windows 7. Its icon has a padlock decorator. I want to remove the lock symbol; how can I do so?

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Use icacls to reset (i.e use default acl)

icacls foldername /reset

You may need to run this from an elevated command prompt.

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You probably want to run icacls foldername /t /reset to recurse into subdirectories. – Leonid Shevtsov Jul 31 '11 at 16:13
  1. Right click the folder with the Padlock icon and click Properties.

  2. Click Security tab and click "Edit…" button.

  3. In the popped up box, click "Add…" button and type the name "Authenticated Users", without quotes and then click OK.

  4. Click OK and exit. I don't recommend this for System folders.

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it worked. thanks. but, isn't there a cleaner way to do it? This seems very tricky. – nunos Oct 29 '10 at 16:33
Might be done from the command line, not sure. – Moab Oct 30 '10 at 2:56

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