Locked documents office 2003

By AT1
Dec 29, 2007
  1. I have been using office 2003 pro for 2 years. only recently I reformated C drive (Sony laptop) using restore disks. I reinstalled office 2003.
    All was going well till I started to use Word 2003. I can read but not able to edit my own documents I get the message "This modification is not allowed because the document is locked"Even a new documents cannot be done. I get same message
    whatever I do is not working. I removed office completly then reinstalled it and still the same proble.
    I even looked at the files properties in (my documents) and made sure that the properties is set to read/write.
    I'd appreciate your advice.
    Thank you in anticipation
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,146   +597

    boot into Safe Mode; login as Admin
    find the directory containing the files
    (may be more than one; if you only store docs in your My Documents dir, then use it)
    right click->properties
    click the Security Tab->Advanced->Owner
    take ownership of the directory (As Admin)
    [select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects]

    go to Permissions
    Now ADD user and give FULL CONTROL
    [select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects]
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