The workflow is read-only. Would you like to make a copy of this workflow to open or edit error in SharePoint 2010 designer workflow

In SharePoint 2010 designer there is a concept as Globally reusable workflow, through which you can copy and modify and reuse a globally reusable workflow. If you are trying to copy and modify any reusable workflow in a subsite, you may get an error saying: The workflow is read-only. Would you like to make a copy of this workflow to open or edit? like below:

The workflow is read-only. Would you like to make a copy of this workflow to open or edit error in SharePoint 2010 designer workflow
The workflow is read-only. Would you like to make a copy of this workflow to open or edit error in SharePoint 2010 designer workflow

And if you click on Yes then you will get a dialog box saying like below:

The server could not complete your request.
For more specific information, click the Details button.

The workflow is read-only. Would you like to make a copy of this workflow to open or edit error in SharePoint 2010 designer workflow
The workflow is read-only. Would you like to make a copy of this workflow to open or edit

And when you will click on the details button you will get an empty box.

The workflow is read-only. Would you like to make a copy of this workflow to open or edit

The solution to this problem is, do the same step at the root site of the site collection. You need to open the root site of the site collection and Copy and modify the globally reusable workflow.

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