How to Remove Write Protected Regular Files

By Tammy Clevenger

Microsoft Windows operating systems ship with the Windows Explorer file management interface. Windows Explorer provides a tree view of folders and files and enables users to modify file attributes by accessing a "Properties" page for each file. When a file attribute is set to "Read-only," the file is write-protected and cannot be edited or removed. Using Windows Explorer to change attributes of certain files, write-protected, regular (non-system) files may be edited and deleted with little effort.

Step 1

Right-click on the write-protected file to remove and select "Properties" from the context menu.

Step 2

Uncheck the check box in front of the "Read-only" option and ensure the check box in front of the "Hidden" option is clear as well.

Step 3

Click the "OK" button to save the settings and close the Properties window. The write-protection attribute has now been removed from the file.

Step 4

Right-click on the file and select "Delete" to remove the file from the file system and send it to the Recycle Bin.