Fix Folder keeps reverting to Read Only for good

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by Vlad Turiceanu
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  • A folder is reverting back to the Read-Only status. This problem most often occurred after installing Windows 10 updates, and in some cases, because of account permissions.
  • The simplest solution is to change the permissions. Most of the time, some changes in permissions can make a folder read-only. 
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how to fix Folder Keeps Reverting to Read Only

File and folder attributes are kept by Windows in the file system.

They are stored in the respective location with the file and folder name, extension, date and time stamp, and any other information available.

If you right-click on any given time on a folder and go to its proprieties, you’ll see a Read-Only check-mark.

It seems like many users reported that after they clear the check-mark, the folder is reverting back to the Read-Only status.

This problem most often occurred after installing Windows 10 updates, and in some cases, because of account permissions.

Nevertheless, an issue like this is very annoying and has to be dealt with.

What can I do if a folder reverts to Read-only in Windows 10? The simplest solution is to change the permissions.

Most of the time, some changes in permissions can make a folder read-only. Additionally, you can log in as an administrator or change the attribute of the folders.

For more info on how to do that, check the steps below.

How can I remove Read only from a folder in Windows 10?

  1. Change permissions
  2. Change the attributes

If on your Windows 10 PC are more than one accounts, make sure that you’re trying to access the file or the folder from the Administrator account.

Because the folder was created by the admin account and you are trying to access it from a guest one, you won’t be able to make any changes to it.

So first, connect to your computer using the Administrator account.

Solution 1 – Change permissions

A lot of users have reported this problem. Because the majority of them confirmed that they solved it by changing the permissions, we suggest that you try this first.

If you are the only user on the Windows 10 PC, do the following to change the permissions:

  1. Find your C Drive, right-click it and then choose Properties.
  2. A new window will appear. Click on Security tab.folder reverting to read only
  3. In the bottom right, click Advanced. Then click on Change permissions.change permissions folder read only
  4.  Choose the user that’s of interest to you and then click Edit.
  5. Under Applies to: drop-menu, choose This folder, subfolders and files.
  6. Under Basic permissions check Full control and click OK.

If there are more than one users on that computer, then follow these steps:

  1. Find your C Drive and double-click on it.
  2. You will see a Users folder. Double-click on it.users folder read only folder windows 10
  3. Now you should see your users folder. Right-click it and choose Proprieties.
  4. Go to the Security tab, and in the bottom-right click Advanced.folder changes to read only windows 10
  5. In the new window, in the bottom-left should see an Enable inheritance button. Click it.enable inheritance folder keeps reverting to read only

After changing the permissions, the issue should be gone. If your still having problems, then go to the next solution.


 You might also be interested in learning how to take ownership of a file or a folder on Windows 10


Solution 2 – Change the attributes

If a certain folder has the Read-only attribute, then a program can’t save files or make changes to it. To change the Read-only attribute to System by using the Attrib command in cmd, follow the steps:

  1. In the Windows search box type cmd. Right-click the result and choose Run as administrator.folder reverts to read only
  2. To remove the Read-only attribute and to set the System attribute, type in the following command attrib -r +s drive:<path><foldername>.
  3. Customize folders as some programs may not operate correctly with folders that have these attributes. To remove them, type attrib -r -s c:<foldername>.

Keep in mind that removing the Read-only or the System attribute of a folder can cause some customization loss, but it’s not particularly important unless you have something specific in mind.

We hope that these solutions worked for you, as many other Windows 10 users confirmed them.

Don’t forget to leave any other questions you may have in the comments section below, and we’ll be sure to take a look.

FAQ: Read more about Read-only issues

  • Why does my folder keep reverting to read only?
That usually happens after a Windows 10 upgrade. Read-only is a file/folder attribute which gives permission only to a specific group of users to edit the files or folders. Read our exclusive guide to fix this problem
  • Why can’t I change a folder from read only?
If you can’t change a folder from its read-only state, that means that you don’t have sufficient permissions to do so. Try to log in as an administrator and try again.
  • How can I change my documents from read-only?

You will need to change the file properties and permission. Check our easy step-by-step guide to fix this problem quickly.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in May 2019 and was revamped and updated in June 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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