While working with Windows Explorer, you may come across a folder with a lock on it. It’s a security feature. Follow the next few steps to eliminate the lock.
What does the lock icon mean? Basically that the file or folder has limited user access. It can only be accessed by you, and not any one else on your computer. Should you want this, then the lock icon is a good way to guarantee that those settings are in the proper place. However, should this not be in yourscope, then it’s a problem.
To modify or remove the lock icon, the process begins with a change to the security settings on the folder. This will change the Users group to read from the folder, at the very least.
Select the folder with the lock icon, right click, select Properties. Go to the Security tab, select the Edit button.
Notice that list of groups and users that have access to the folder will appear. And also missing from this list is the “Users” group. So click the Add button.
Next enter “Users” into the text field near the bottom of the window. Follow up with a click to Check Names button.
The “Users” selection will change to the location where the Users group is located on your particular computer. In our case, this will occur at Mutley457-PCUsers and it is the name of test test machine). Then click OK.
The Users group will appear in the list of Groups and Users that have access to the folder. The permissions are now modified with the permissions of the Users group, which at the minimum can be Read access. Click OK.
Now the icon is no longer there.