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c:\programdata constant permission issues

Not sure when this started but it was past couple weeks.
I just keep running into the same problem over and over.

I've already tried the "Take Ownership" shortcut of the folders and every, single, subfolder, but no luck.

This c:\programdata folder CONTINUES to constantly put itself in ReadOnly, and I can never uncheck and apply. I verified my account is the owner and that I have Full control over every subfolder and file, but I still can't do things like install software that puts shortcuts into the c:\programdata\microsoft\windows\start menu directory.

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Windows 7SecurityMicrosoft Legacy OS

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jcimarron

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Thanks, Yeah I've noticed that before. My goal really isn't to clear the check box, but just to clear it, apply, to test/verify if I really have permissions to do so.
Or I can keep trying to install programs to see if they're able to write their lnk shortcuts to the Start Menu.
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You said that this this problem has been prevalent for a couple of weeks?  That's very unusual.  Just to be thorough, have you already done a full scan with your antivirus software as well as a quick scan with Malwarebytes?  It would help to eliminate malware as the root cause of the problems.

Beyond that, it may be a good idea to check your System Protection settings and see if you can drop back to a snapshot of the operating system prior to when the problems first started:

How to Do a System Restore in Windows 7
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