Photoshop 7: Files are locked: Go to Windows Explorer propertieds to unlock files and there is ne is no unlock function.

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files in Photoshop 7 are locked. code tells me to go to Windows Explorer propertieds to unlock files and there is ne is no unlock function.
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Reuel Hesterman

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Posted 11 months ago

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Martyn Molyneaux

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I also have this problem and can't find how to unlock files. this has occured since Adobe update downloaded
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Bonnie Hahn

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I'm having the same problem.... have either of you found a fix?
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George from Georgia

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first of all update your antivirus software!
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Adrian Cockman

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Any suggestions to resolve this, I have the same problem.  The file will open and I can adjust the file but it will not save (or 'save as')  File is locked use windows explorer ec.  !!!!.  I deleted photoshop 7 and reloaded it but this did not solve the issue.  Using Photoshop 7 and Windows 10.
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Peter Edmonds

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Hi Adrian I am in exactly the same position as you. I admit the software is probably very outdated but it does what I need from it. Do you think that Photoshop have sent an upgrade that precludes old software such as Photoshop 7 so as to pressure us into buying new software. I see there has been no response to the questions for 5 months. I only use my package every couple of months and have been aware of the problem for a while now. PS Also use Windows 10 - 365
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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When you say Photoshop 7, do you mean Photoshop Elements 7 or Photoshop 7.0? In either case, both are more than a decade old and were not designed to run on Windows 10.
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Peter Edmonds

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What concerns me is the fact that it ran perfectly up until about 5 months ago. I presume that Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft ran an upgrade/update thereafter it would not save, save as or even save a jpg. This did not make sense but because it is for my personal use and that it is infrequent, i didn't bother.
It is, however, very frustrating not being able to do anything with a perfectly good package before.
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Adrian Cockman

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I agree with you Peter.  Photoshop 7 does everything I need (and many features I have never used and don't know how to use), all I want is to adjust home photographs and make some simple changes for fun.  I also clean up some old family photographs, some B&W.  I also found that after loading Windows 10 Photoshop7 worked perfectly well for several months.  My issue started about a month ago.  I loaded a .jpg file, cropped the file and then could not save it.  The message was something like "original file locked".
I tried loading a file from my desktop, this was a photograph I had taken with my camera loaded it and made changes to it about a couple of weeks earlier.  This also gave the locked error.  I deleted Photoshop7 and reloaded it and still got the locked error.  I then plugged in a USB containing .jpg files.  I was able to load a file make changes and save it without issues.  I then copied the file from my desktop to the USB, I was able to open it, change it and save it.  Therefore I agree with others that have commented on other threads that this is a Windows issue not directly a Photoshop issue.  I understand that it is something to do with permissions being set when files are moved or saved etc.  Way above my knowledge of how Windows 10 works.  However, moving the files to a USB and running them in Photoshop7 from the USB worked for me, a pain in the butt, but it worked.