Change file from being flagged as a 'system file' back to 'normal' state on windows 7

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

I have a mp3 file which is flagged as a ‘System File’ according to Windows 7.

Is there a way to change this file back to a ‘Normal’ file?

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

“System files” in Windows 7 are files tagged with the following two attributes:

  • Archive
  • System

“Hidden system files” in Windows 7 are files tagged with the following three attributes:

  • Archive
  • Hidden
  • System

To reset “System files”, simply run the following command:

attrib -A -S file.ext

To reset “Hidden System files”, run the following:

attrib -A -H -S file.ext

Method 2

Try running “attrib -S filename” from a command prompt.

Method 3

If it’s flagged as a system file, it might also be flagged as a hidden file, so open command prompt, then cd C:\path\to\folder and then attrib -h -s song.mp3. The minus sign means removing an attribute, ‘h’ stands for hidden, ‘s’ stands for system. For adding an attribute, change -h to +h.

Method 4

To change all files in the folder put * instead of file name – this can save a lot of time.

attrib -A -H -S *

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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