What is the way to remove write-protected files or folders?


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Removing write-protected files or folders is a process that requires a few steps: bypassing the protections that the operating system provides for the file, launching the command prompt, changing the file's directory, removing the write protection and finally deleting the file from the directory. Certain materials are needed to accomplish this, including a write-protected file, DOS/command prompt and a Microsoft Windows operating system.

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The protection for the files provided by the operating system should be bypassed. This is done by utilizing the command prompt, which can be launched by selecting "Run" from the start menu window.

When the "Run" window opens, "cmd" or "cmd.exe" should be keyed in the "Open" text field. The directory to where the file is located should be changed. If the file is still write-protected and in its directory, it should be removed by keying in "C:Filesattrib-r nameofthefile.exe in the DOS prompt.

The file can now be deleted using the delete command. To ensure that the file was successfully deleted, it should be checked in its directory if it still exists because if it exists then it was not successfully deleted. The directory command should be used to check if the write-protection is still there. Finally, the exit command should be used to exit the prompt window and return to the windows.

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