I locked an important folder with "locker for NTFS" from sourceforge, but now that it is hidden and locked, the unlocking doesn't work. I have tried using cmd and looked for some tutorials but none have worked. I remember the path for the folder and gaining access to the folder is easy, but how can I make it appear and unhidden again?


This tool is using built in permissions and file attributes to hide and lock files.

Judging from a comment of My folder will not unlock. Very bad. Posted 08/03/2016 on the project website, it would seem that the program is not complete, or instructions were not followed.

First, to view the hidden file(s)/folder(s) in question:

Click on ❖ Start → Click on Search → Type in: Folder Options → Click the Folder Options listing → Select the View tab → Tick Show hidden files, folders, and drives.

If your file(s)/folder(s) do not show, also untick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) in case the software marks them as "system" files.

EDIT: As indicated in the comments section, the locking seems to be with the built-in security settings with Windows. Users will see a generic "Access Denied" message. You will need to change the file/folder security settings to get around this.

Attempting to change the security settings of the folder/file in question you will see this, instead of the normal, simple, and more familiar security settings window: Advanced security settings window

What you will have to do is add either your group or username to have "full control" permissions.

Click the Continue button to escalate your privileges → Click Add → Click the Select a principle link. After that you will have to enter your fully qualified username/group. Clicking on Check Names will help you resolve it. Click OK when you are done.

If you do not see a "Continue" button, change the owner instead. Username entry window

After that is complete, you will then tick the Full control permission, which will tick all of the permissions below. Click OKApplyOK: Permissions window

You should be able to enter the folder or access the file. If you are unable to, verify your permissions again.

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  • the folder is partial visible, there's a bit of transparency, however it seems to be different in windows 8 to get access to the folder. In windows 7, there was a tab to get permissions to access the folder, which seems gone in windows eight. I had locked the folder by using the same application. How can I regain access to it? – bzal Jan 19 '17 at 6:05
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    @bzal What do you mean "locked"? Does it show an error message? Can you link to an image of the error message? – dark_st3alth Jan 19 '17 at 6:10
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    @bzal I don't think it has gone anywhere: s28.postimg.org/4pk8mwl4t/Untitled_1.jpg – dark_st3alth Jan 19 '17 at 6:34
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    @bzal Here's a quick crash course in 2 images. On that page go "Continue" then click "Add", then "Select a principal": s30.postimg.org/sj1qqu0up/Untitled_1.jpg then s30.postimg.org/4gkwvyk7l/Untitled_2.jpg then OK, and then Apply. Access should be granted. – dark_st3alth Jan 19 '17 at 7:02
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    @bzal In that window you will need to enter your username, then click "Check Names". After that, Click OK, then Apply, then OK again. – dark_st3alth Jan 19 '17 at 7:31

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