How to Remove Write Protected Regular Files

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.

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Windows Explorer allows you to change file properties.

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

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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.

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

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