All photos have become read only on Windows 10

Windows 10

Asked by: PaulHinchley

After upgrading to Windows 10 it looks like all of my photos are set to read only and I cannot switch it off. I can right-click a folder of photos and untick Read Only - 'Apply changes to this folder, sub-folder and files'. This tells me I need to 'provide Administrator permission to change these attributes', I then click continue, changes appear to have been made. If I then select a photo, click manage along the ribbon and try to rotate the image I get the following error message:

You cannot rotate this image. The file might be in use or open in another program, or the file or folder might be read-only.

I have no other windows or apps open and when I right click the photo again to check the properties, it still says read-only!

Am I doing something wrong?

Answered by: ThomasTierney

it appears there was an issue with upgrades and unlinked your files from the current file owner, this means that although you are the owner, you cannot do anything with the files.

Here's what I suggest

1. Back up your files (you should be doing this already but in case you haven't been, do it)

2. right click on the command icon, select "Run as Administrator"

3. when the window and prompt are ready, run chkdsk...

This will run for a few minutes, if it reports any errors

1. make sure you files are backed up (I cant stress this enough)

2. run chkdsk /r

3. There will be a message that states the drive is locked and it should ask you if you want to perform scan on next reboot, select yes

When the system restarts, it will begin a scan, go grab some coffee or something, it might take awhile - and at one point it might look like its stuck around 10 - 13 percent... don't worry... if there were a ton of errors reported the first time - it could take awhile, maybe and hour to 24 hours...

If there were no errors reported, then

1. right click the parent folder of the files you were trying to access

2. Select properties

3. In the properties dialog, select the security tab

4. select the Advanced button in the lower right corner.

5. when the dialog appears, around the top you will see "owner" with a user name in it, EVEN IF IT IS YOUR USERNAME, click change

6. Another dialog will appear, in the "object name to select" type in your login name and click check name... your name should resolve

7. Click okay

8. There will be a checkbox underneath your name that says something to the effect of "replace owner on sub container and objects", make sure its selected

9. Click okay

10. Click okay again

That should take care of it

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