Read Only Documents Error in Windows 7

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I am using a dual-boot PC with Windows XP and Windows 7. When in Windows XP, I can open all the documents without errors on Compatibility Mode. I can edit and save the documents in a normal way. But when in Windows 7, the documents can be open as Read Only Documents. I cannot edit or save any changes with it. I already unchecked the boxes in the File Block Settings in the Trust Center. Sadly, the settings for both MS-Word 2003 and MS-Word 97 binary documents and templates do not have a check box to select for saving. I even take the ownership of each files but that doesn’t solve the issue. All my files can be open with MS-Word 2010. Does anyone have an idea on how to resolve this? Thanks.

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Read Only Documents Error in Windows 7


In case you are opening the files in windows 7 while they are open in another location, then that is why they are opening as read only and therefore you cannot edit them.

Try the following to fix the problem:

  • Press CTRL+ALT+DEL on your keyboard to open the task manager.
  • In the task manager window click on the processes tab and look for the process that is being run by the word document.
  • End the process completely.
  • Now try opening the word document again.

Another way to solve the problem will be to save the file that has opened as read only to another location with a different file name. Save the file on the desktop, and then try opening it and see if the problem will be solved.

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