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How can I delete a write-protected folder in Windows 7?

Hello Wayne

The following easy steps should do the trick:

Step 1
Click the Windows "Start" button and choose "Computer" from the menu to launch Windows Explorer.
Step 2
Navigate to the folder that contains the read-only file.
Step 3
Right-click the file and choose "Properties" from the context menu to open the file's Properties window.
Step 4
Click the "General" tab if it's not already selected.
Step 5
Clear the "Read-only" checkbox and click "Apply" to disable the read-only attribute.
Step 6
Click "OK" to close the Properties window.
Step 7
Select the file, press "Delete" and click "Yes" to move the file to the Recycle Bin. Hold "Shift," press "Delete" and then click "Yes" to permanently delete the file.

I hope this helps


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