Solved How to change a Folder name that is locked

December 23, 2013 at 20:10:35
Specs: Windows 7
The folder in which My Documents, My Music, etc, is a locked folder with the name 'jewlover' Someone did this to my laptop maliciously, and have yet to change it back to something more respectable, rendering all professional usages of my laptop unusuable. How to I change this file name to something else. The folder itself is locked.

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December 23, 2013 at 23:20:22
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Yeah, there's some folders that windows doesn't like you to rename. I believe this is for XP and I'm not sure it'll work with 7:

It talks about editing the desktop.ini file. You may want to post back the contents of that file--it's a small text file--so we can look at it.

Note that it's a hidden file so you need to enable the viewing of hidden files first.

Edit I think you just need to open the jewlover folder and the desktop.ini file you need is there.

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December 24, 2013 at 08:33:44
Have you looked at the properties of the folder? As an administrator, right click on the folder and choose properties> security. You want full control. Also look under advanced on that screen for additional settings. Not sure if this will help or not.

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December 24, 2013 at 13:30:44
Are you saying this locked folder "contains" My Documents and My Music?
If so can you copy things out of it? Maybe you can move the sub-folders.

You might be able to change its name or move things using a Live Linux CD. Pop back if you need to know more abut this idea.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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December 24, 2013 at 14:32:25
I noticed on my XP machine when opening 'my computer' it shows a 'shared documents' folder and a 'dave's documents' folder. The 'dave's documents' is actually the 'my documents' folder which contains the documents, the my music folder and others. I'm thinking it's the OP's 'username documents' folder that was renamed.

When right clicking on it there's no 'rename' option as there would be for other folders. Maybe that's why the OP says it's locked.

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December 24, 2013 at 21:39:50
I've unlocked many files on my windows 7 desktop. I've never known how they became locked. I've even had files locked on my exterior hard drive. As mentioned above you wll have to right click the file - properties - security tab - it's been a good while, I'm not sure if I used the Share Tab. It's not easy, just keep trying.

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December 26, 2013 at 03:34:06

In case what DAVEINCAPS described is your problem,
check to see what your username is. One place you can
find it is at the very top of the Start Menu, on the right.

If that isn't the name you want, you can change it in
Control Panel > User Accounts.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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