I realise that this question has been asked before but I don't see anything recently so am not quite sure whether to add to a thread start a new one. I decided to post a new one so forgive me if I have posted badly. I am running Windows 7 x 32b Recently, and all of a sudden, ALL of the folders on our system , regardless of whether system or data, have been set to read only. I have data only on drive d: and on an external NAS SL3620-2S-LB2 network drive. This data, both personal and work accumulated over many years, amounts to 25,168 folders totalling some 498Gb. I came across the seriousness of the problem when starting to re-order the data. I found that I was unable to delete any folders, with or without data. I can create a folder, I can add data, but I can't delete. Its there forever. I have tried all the usual things, plus many that have been mentioned in various forums. I have tried the command prompt method on a single test folder without success. Thankfully in a way, I do not fancy going through that for each individual folder - I doubt I'll live that long. I have also tried 'Unlocker' and 'LockHunter', without any programs running, and they find no locks on data folders. I can understand Sytem Folders and files being protected, it makes perfect sense, but ALL FOLDERS??? What is the point? How can anybody administer their data with blanket security like this, if that is the Microsift excuse? It makes no sense whatsoever. So, the BIG questions.Is there a way to set these folder to the useable status that they should have or not? If yes, then How? Are the gods at Microsoft going to sort the problem out anytime soon? While not being totally ignorant, I am not a computer nerd. I am a user with a life and I do not have the time nor the energy to deal with needless problems. And, I cannot afford to upgrade to a new version, if that is the ploy. If I sound a little teasy, well I apollogise but I am, this thing is driving me scatty and I doubt I am the only one. Computers are supposed to help not hinder. Can anyone please help to restore my sanity? All the best, with hope.