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While running a restore function of a backup program I had to stop it. After that I noticed that most (all?) icons on my desktop and inside folders show small locks. The backup software company didn't help. They say it's a coincidence.

It's been several months already, but all the old folders and files still show locks. I checked the obvious file ownership settings. Everything looks normal. The account that I use has full rights and I'm able to manipulate the files, so the lock icons don't seem to indicate any restrictions, however they are still present.

Just to clarify, new files and folders don't have the locks.

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Try resetting the Access Control List (ACL) permissions. From a command prompt, type the following commands: 1. takeown /f "%userprofile%\Desktop" /r /d y >nul 2. icacls "%userprofile%\Desktop" /grant:r %username%:F /t /c /q – and31415 Feb 11 '14 at 20:48
I'm getting ERROR: The current logged on user does not have ownership privileges on the file (or folder) ".....". – user1566515 Feb 11 '14 at 21:40
Did you get that error after the first or the second command? Did you get just a single error or multiple ones? I guess the "....." is supposed to be the actual file/folder name? – and31415 Feb 11 '14 at 21:43
Sorry for so few details. 1) the error appears after the first command. I ran it in a sub-directory as a test. This single error refers to a folder. Administrators has full access to this folder and I think my account is a member of the Administrators group. – user1566515 Feb 11 '14 at 21:50
Type icacls "%userprofile%\Desktop" and post the output of the command. – and31415 Feb 11 '14 at 21:54

Found this as reference to run for likewise locks on folders and icons "missing user group" :

  1. Right-click the folder or drive that has a lock icon and select "Properties".
  2. Click on the "Security" tab, then select "Edit..." to change permissions. Click "Add.."
  3. In the text field for "Object Name", enter in "Users" (without quotations). Hit "OK".
  4. "Apply", "OK", and voila, the padlock next to the icons should be gone.


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Wouldn't this allow all users to access all files in that folder? – user1566515 Feb 12 '14 at 1:09
Wouldnt that depend on the rights you set for users for that folder? e.g. "only read" ? – edelwater Feb 12 '14 at 17:43
I think this would be a brute force approach. I know that I'm logged in as a member of the Administrators group with full control allowed. If Windows shows a lock on a folder, that implies that something else is wrong and needs fixing. – user1566515 Feb 12 '14 at 20:40
What is the difference in security settings (groups, rights) between a folder WITH a lock and a folder WITHOUT a lock icon? – edelwater Feb 13 '14 at 22:54
That depends. Some "locked" folders have same security settings as "unlocked" folders. That's what's strange about it. Also, I'm logged in as the owner of the folders with all possible permissions. Could it be a Windows bug? – user1566515 Feb 14 '14 at 0:29

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