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How to remove the read-only attribute from an Excel .xlsx file?

Q: How to remove the read-only attribute from an Excel .xlsx file?

Hello guys,

Yes I know it is a silly question, but what is the syntax for removing the read-only attribute of an Excel file, say abcd.xlsx file?
The address of the example is, c:\documents\spreadsheets\abcd.xlsx.

Any help will be much appreciated.

Regards,
Flores

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A: How to remove the read-only attribute from an Excel .xlsx file?

Right click on the file then choose "properties" in the window that opens and then uncheck the "read only" box at the bottom of the window.
BTW there is no such thing as a silly question but there are plenty of silly answers

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My goal: copy or burn Excel files to CD for daily work w/capability of same CD updating HD
My system: WinXP/Home on 2 CPU's, 1 monitor
My reason: safety, I work/store biz files on CPU w/o internet
My issue: need to permanently remove 'read-only' attribute from Excel files.
What I've tried: Run: regedit, HKey_Local_Machine>System>CurrentControlSet>Control>Class, Select folder 4D36E965-E325 on both CPU's. down to 8 folders on each but still get 'read-only'. I've read all threads with other suggestions for this issue but am now totally confused. any/all assistance appreciated.
 

A:Solved: Excel - Remove Read Only Attribute

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I just upgraded to windows 7 64 bit from windows xp pro about 10 days ago and noticed that all of my folders are read only and i can not remove the attribute. i had this problem on xp as well but seems to be worse on windows 7. i did not reuse my old hard drive i installed a new WD caviar green 2 TB and installed windows 7 on it. I need to be able to transfer files and folders to a FTP server but it keeps on failing and retuning the message that i do not have permission to create the directory.

I have done the following to correct this problem:

1. Made sure I was the owner
2. made sure i have full permissions
3. created a new admin account to rule out a corrupt user account
4. used cmd prompt attrib commands
5. used check disk to rule out corrupt hard drive as well as used WD's hard drive check app

I read that this may have been caused by a update from Microsoft. what update caused the problem and can it be removed safely? I also have seen some people have used a script to over ride this problem but i can not find it. lastly i have seen that it could be a bios problem and that i need to update my bios, what is your opinion on this?

A:can not remove read only attribute

I may be wrong, but I believe this is a server side issue. It sounds like the FTP server has not stored permissions for your log on credentials to allow you to edit files.
If my pc was working properly I would try to replicate your problem, and see what I can find out.

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I have an executable file, which is a windows service. Now I cannot start it from service control management panel. I am the administrator. I guess the readonly attribute effects it. I found that the folder is readonly. I unclick it and apply it and click OK button. However next time when I look at the attribute again, its attribute goes back to readonly again. Why?

Windows 7 64-bit professional edition.

A:Remove read only attribute of folder.

What is the name of the service? What error message when you (try to) start it?

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Things I have tried:

1) Enabled hidden administrator logon and logged onto it.
2) Edited user permission for entire drive and set to 'full control'
3) verified the folder is not locked/in-use even deleted it and then restored

Still has the stupid 'read only' box checked when you hit Properties. I am updating Starcraft 2 and get a file creation error during patching. The read only setting is the only thing I can think to change other than full uninstall -> reinstall.

edit: Just tried doing it in elevated command prompt and the R flag for readonly is not present at all even looking all sub-folders with the /S switch. So apparently its not read only but explorer is noting it so in 'properties' ... very strange.

A:Can't remove 'read-only' attribute from a folder

Hello Joe,

Is the read only box actually checked, or is it blue? If blue, then it is not read only.

Read-only File and Folder Attribute

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I've had this problem for a while now. I'm using Windows 7.
Most of the locations on my computer are set to read only. If I try to save something it usually doesn't work, unless I save it to my desktop, open the location I want to save it to in windows explorer, and move it there, at which point it will tell me that I need administrator permission to move the file there, and I have to click "allow." This affects a lot of my programs in various ways. Chrome stopped recording my internet history, (I assume because it can't save the history to whatever location it goes to), I can't use LifeFrame to record video or take pictures or anything like that, (again, I assume because the folder it saves to is in read only mode), and a lot of other stupid things.

If I right click and go to "Properties" and uncheck read only mode and then click ok, it doesn't work. If I go to properties again I can see that it hasn't changed.
I looked on the internet somewhere and it said to use the command prompt to do something like "-r +s c:\blah\blah\etc." I played around with that and it was also unhelpful. When I ran the command prompt normally, it told me that access was denied, and when I right-clicked and ran as administrator, it didn't give me an error message of any kind, but it still failed to change the folder from read only mode.

I am using the administrator account (which is the only account other than the Guest account ... Read more

A:Can't remove read only attribute from folders

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Hi everyone,

How do I remove read only attribute in Vista and make my drive and folders to write? Is it possible to do it? How can it be done? Thank you everyone.
 

A:How do I remove read only attribute in Vista?

Check out this utility. Works great on my Vista Home Prem.

http://davidcrowell.com/croa/
 

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Hello again,
 
Actually, the problem began when I tried to download some stuff on Chrome and always got a message more or less like "Download failed-error".
 
I reported this to Chrome and hope they will give me an answer whenever. Maybe you people might give me a hand with this.
 
Because of this I switched to Firefox, who is configured - just like Chrome - to place my downloads in my folder D:\Downloads.
 
After three tries nothing happened. I had two .exe files in the folder but that should not be the cause of the problem.
 
Looking around, I found Firefox had saved my downloads in C:\Users\Ernesto\Downloads
 
I cut the files to paste them in downloads, but was not allowed because the D:\Downloads folder miraculously transformed (or should I say transubstantiated) into a read-only folder and did not allow me to paste my downloads there.
 
Frankly, I don't know how these things happen. But, oh well. So I ran the command
attrib -h -r -s /s /d D:\Downloads\*.*
 
To my surprise I got the reply that the whatchamacallit system could not change the attributes of each of the files inside the folder.
 
These were (and still are - and work perfectly from the now "read only" folder) AdwCleaner.exe and sd5_setup.exe
 
So I repeated the same operation but, instead of the *.* at the end, I put the name of each file. So this was a two commands operation.
 
Now, that didn't work either. The "you know who" said "I cannot change the att... Read more

A:REMOVE READ-ONLY ATTRIBUTE FROM FOLDER

Surprise, surprise !
I just discovered that all my folders are now read-only
I think we're going to have a party!

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Hey, for some reason I can't remove the read only setting from my folders, can't figure out why and using DOS didn't work...

"attrib -R filename /S" anything wrong with that?

Anyway, yeah... Anyone know why I can't remove the read only attribute?

A:Can't remove read only attribute for folder!

You could try this little program.

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/moveonboot.html

Let me know if it works..

Smeg

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When I upgraded to Windows 10 it, in it's infinite wisdom, changed the name of "My Documents' folder to just 'Documents' and then made the C drive read-only. Now I have to save anything to another drive. I have tried about everything I could think of and then some, but nothing works. When I try to change it, the computer goes through the motions and a nice progress bar moves along and you think it is working. However when you check again, it has reverted back to read-only.

Has anyone experienced the same problem? Does anyone know how to make the change stick? Some of my programs don't have any way to change their download folder so now they won't work.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

grey
 

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Removing the Read-Only attribute from an Excel 2010 spreadsheet?

Hello folks,

Have all a nice Sunday.
Yes, how do I remove the "Read-Only" attribute from an Excel 2010 spreadsheet?
OS Win8.1 PRO 64bits.
Thanks for any clue.

Cheers,
Flores

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Hi everybody,

Today I was trying to create a VirtualBox VM that had direct access to a partition which is the only one on its disk. This partition contains non-OS-specific data (including documents and music). The guest OS is Xubuntu and the host OS is Windows 7.

I succeeded in making the disk image for this configuration, only when I tried to write to it from Xubuntu it didn't save the changes (I couldn't see the changes in Windows 7 when I checked out that same partition). I investigated the problem and I found a solution on the internet: I needed to take the disk with the partition on it offline and then clear the "read only" attribute.

The solution involved using the DiskPart utility to perform those steps. I tried to take the disk offline (with Administrator access), but DiskPart gave the following error: "Disk attributes may not be changed on the current system disk or BIOS disk 0." This is strange since that disk isn't actually a system partition: it boots from C: which is where Windows itself is installed.

I ran Disk Manager, and it looked like this:

So it appears a tiny 100MB partition has been added to my second disk, which is the disk containing E: which I want to be able to access from within the VirtualBox VM.

So, I have the following questions:
Is that 100MB partition the reason it won't work?
If so, do I need this partition?
If so, is there a way to move it to my first disk without breaking my Windows installati... Read more

A:I can't take my non-system disk offline to remove its read-only attribute

Just set up E: as a shared folder in VirtualBox. You don't take anything offline, and i highly doubt the entire drive is "read only".

http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch04.html#sharedfolders
 

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A:Excel xlsx file

Can I somehow solve this problem?

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Hi guys!I decided to clean up my D drive and formatted it. Now I understand that it was a big mistake! But I still was lucky to recover most files with Power Data Recovery utility. Basically, all the files work fine, but some Excel files probably somehow damaged and cannot be opened. Is there a possibility to recover them? Thanks! 

A:Excel xls or xlsx file after recovery

@VitorSoares Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums! Most likely, the answer is no.  Files are linked blocks of data and if one or more of those blocks gets overwritten, the complete file can never be recovered. IF you're willing to spend some money, you could try using [email protected] Recovery Pro -- as I have found it to do the best job of recovering files.  But ... there is no guarantee that it will work.Good Luck

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Hi! 
 
Good day!
 
May I ask another way how to resolve my file problem,
 
"excel cannot open the file <filename>.xlsx because the file format or file extension is not valid. verify that the file has not been corrupted and that the file extension matches the format of the file."
 
I already try the "Open and Repair" method of MS Excel 2007 and still cannot open the file.
I cannot change the extension by renaming it. (I'm using Win7)
I already checked the associated file extension on control panel.
Thank you in advance!

A:EXCEL CANNOT OPEN .xlsx FILE

What version of Excel do you have?  Usually that error comes from Excel 2002.  You can upgrade to 2003 (MS Office 2003) at Amazon for $50 or less, and then download the free 'fileconverters.exe' from Microsoft, which enables an older MS Office to read the later files.
 
I know this, because it happens to me all the time, what happened to you.  So finally I took the plunge and upgraded to MS Office 2003, on all my machines.
 
The upgrade will accept all your customizations, macros, etc. so the interface looks the same, post upgrade, because it will import all your Normal.dot settings.  Difference is, that 'fileconverters.exe' will work in 2003, but not 2002.
 
.xlsx is Excel 2007 and later (secure, the extra 'x') format.  So I don't see how you'd get that error if you're really using 2007.  The only other possibility, is that someone password protected it, yet somehow you're not getting the password prompt.
 
I guess it's also possible that the file was generated by some other later version of MS Office which prohibits 2007 from reading it, but I can't see why.  This is just a very wild guess.

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A:Excel xlsx file 2013

Hi, and welcome to TSF.

Try the solutions on this page; https://support.office.com/en-gb/art...a-801ddcd4ea53

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Every now and then, when I try opening an Excel file, I get a message saying that "Excel cannot open the file 'file.xlsx' because the file format or the file extension is not valid. Verify that the file has not been corrupted and that the file extension matches the format of the file.
 

A:Excel cannot open the file 'file.xlsx' because the file format

Older versions of Microsoft Office can't open the newer office formats,try updating and installing Microsofts file format converters. http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=3
 

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I have tried to download an Excel (.xls extension) from a web site I use. On download I get a file with a .xlsx extension which will not open in Windows Office 2010. I successfully downloaded the file using Chromodo so I assume there is something corrupting the download via windows 10 Microsoft browser?

A:downloading excel file changes file extension to .xlsx

Originally Posted by bcubed


I have tried to download an Excel (.xls extension) from a web site I use. On download I get a file with a .xlsx extension which will not open in Windows Office 2010. I successfully downloaded the file using Chromodo so I assume there is something corrupting the download via windows 10 Microsoft browser?



Hi there
on the download is there a SAVE AS option -- that might work if you change the default to .xls

Otherwise I think there are some xlsx viewers where you could view the file or change it to xls. (Note changing to xls will possibly remove some formatting etc).

Cheers
jimbo

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When i create a new folder it automatically sets the read only attribute, if i try and turn it off it just turns back on again.

I have tried using command prompt to disable it as well as playing with the security settings and account permissions.

does any one have any ideas?

A:File and Folder Read only attribute wont disable

1. First question, why are you trying to do it?

2. look here:
Unable to remove Read-Only attribute from folder
You cannot view or change the Read-only or the System attributes of folders in Windows Server 2003, in Windows XP, in Windows Vista or in Windows 7






Quote:
To view or to remove the Read-only or the System attributes of folders in Windows Vista or Windows 7
Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then press ENTER..
To view the syntax for the Attrib command, type attrib /? at the command prompt.
To remove the Read-only attribute and to set the System attribute, use the following command:
attrib -r +s drive:\<path>\<foldername>
For example, to remove the Read-only attribute and to set the System attribute for the C:\Test folder, use the following command:
attrib -r +s c:\test
Be aware that some programs may not operate correctly with folders for which the System attribute and the Read-only attribute are set. Therefore, use the following command to remove these attributes:
attrib -r -s drive:\<path>\<foldername>
For example, to remove both the Read-only and the System attributes from the C:\Test folder, use the following command:
attrib -r -s c:\test
If the Run command is not listed on the Start menu, do the following:
Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, and then click Run..


note: Open cmd with run as administrator

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Hi Expert
I formated my D drive but I have done by mistake. So I recover all data using Power Data Recovery  many file working ok but some Excel file corrupted and unable to open. How can I fix it?
Thanks!

A:Fix corrupted Excel xls or xlsx file after recovery

First try File | Open ... browse for the file, then click the dropdown triangle on the Open button and choose Open and Repair.  If it prompts, the "Repair" options is better, but if it fails, try again, choosing "Extract".
Then, check the size of the recovered file.  Is it likely all your data is included?  if so, you can try to access the data from the file without opening it by creating an external reference.  In cell A1 of a blank workbook, type a reference to the A1 cell of the corrupted workbook, following this format:
='C:\Folder\Path\[FileName.xlsx]SheeName'!A1
Beyond that, what is the file format?  There may be more options.  Lots of help here: https://community.office365.com/en-us/f/172/t/256362
 
 

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Is there a way to convert *.xlsx format to *.xls format without having MS office 2010.
I use MS office 2003 at home but they have upgraded to office 2010 at work.
I forgot to convert a file at work for home so is there a program that will convert
an excel spread sheet to office 2003 format?

Thank you,
 

A:Converting excel file formats *.xlsx to *.xls format

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Hi Members,

when I open any XLS or XLSX file after few seconds or after doing any activity in any xls/xlsx file, Excel 2013 crashes (Office 2013 is updated to latest). There are no third party plugins enabled in Office 2013.

Note: I don't have any issues with Word 2013 or PowerPoint 2013.

My operating system is Windows 7 Ultimate with SP1 (64 bit)

Below mentioned software's are installed and with real-time enabled...
ESET NOD32 Antivirus 6.0.308.0 (64 bit)
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.70
WinPatrol
Zemana AntiLogger
System Explorer 4.0
Stick Password 6.0
Hard Disk Sentinel 4.30
Application Error from Event Log
Faulting application name: EXCEL.EXE, version: 15.0.4454.1503, time stamp: 0x50b592fe
Faulting module name: EXCEL.EXE, version: 15.0.4454.1503, time stamp: 0x50b592fe
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x0127b52e
Faulting process id: 0x3e0
Faulting application start time: 0x01ce11ca85e9d41f
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\EXCEL.EXE
Faulting module path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\EXCEL.EXE
Report Id: d1ff267b-7dbd-11e2-95be-50465db76fa6

Application Log Error message


I don't know what is causing Excel 2013 to crash. Requesting members to help me fix this issue.

Thanks and Regards
Rafales

A:Excel 2013 crashes after opening and using any xls/xlsx file

Hi Rafales,

Please try start 'Excel' in 'Safe Mode' and check if it works. To start it in 'Safe mode automatically', click this link: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9668693
- Click 'Run' in the 'File Download dialog box', and follow the steps in the 'Microsoft Fix it wizard'

If 'Excel' still does not work as expected, a conflict with another program is likely. Try to restart 'Windows' in 'Safe mode', and perform the previous steps again to run 'Excel in Safe mode'; and check results.

Do reply with the findings; will take it forward from there.

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I have several excel files stored on my system. I used these files from the same computer daily. Yesterday, when i tried to open several files in Excel 2007 then i found following error on my co,puter screen: "Excel connot open file (filename) xlsx because the file format or file extension is not valid. Verify that the file has not been corrupted and that the file extension matches the format of the file" How fix it?

A:Excel connot open file (filename) xlsx

Hi dengeorge6 welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

You can have problems trying to open earlier Excel version files in Excel 2007.
These MS websites might help you.

How to open new file formats in earlier versions of Microsoft Office

Unable to open xlsx in Excel 2007 - Microsoft Community

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Hi,

After a power outage a particularly important file gets the error "Excel cannot open the file.xlsx beacause the file format or file extension is not valid. Verify that the file has not been corrupted and that the file extension matches the format of the file. The file format has not changed. Is there a safe free program that can uncorrupt a file? I have tried Open and repair, changing the format, and using open office. Also tried using recova but the file was not lost.
 

A:Solved: Excel 2007 spreadsheet gets error "Excel cannot open the file .xlsx.." How ca

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/820741

and 5 ways are shown here http://www.wikihow.com/Recover-a-Corrupt-Excel-File
 

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Due to some virus my some files got hidden with System Files properties.
After I select option "Show Hidden Files and Folders" my files are shown only if I uncheck the "Hide protected operating system files" in Folder Option.

So how can I change properties of My Files to cancel Hidden option???

how to make my files attributes normal from System files??
 

A:Change System File Hidden attribute to Normal File attribute

Click Start->Run
type cmd

attrib -S C:\1.txt

attrib is keyword to set attribute
-S if for to remove System Attribute

For more info:
http://www.easydos.com/attrib.html
 

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Hi ..
 
I have a good quality of .png format image files of a nicely laid out table image. I used .png because of the higher, to me, image quality.
 
Wearing out Bing/Google searches has given me many suggestions of online converts to free/trial applications with all very inconsistent quality results, i.e.: not worth the effort .  I tested converting the .png to .pdf image and .jpg image files to accommodate testing a wider breadth of programs with same inconsistent, i.e.: useless results.  I have some 80-120 image files I'd like to convert.
 
Cost is always a consideration, but I did not go into this without thinking I might need to purchase a converter/OCR to .xlsx package. I cannot seem to find one that says it works. I DO except the ability to trial/test anything before purchase.
 
Ideas? Suggestions?
 
Thank you in advance for your consideration.
 
Let me know.
 
John

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Hello,

I can't remove "read only" attribute from any folder. In all folder, "read only" attribute is checked. But when I tried to unchecked "read only" and applying OK, then it becomes as previous. Even I have restored my system , but it not working properly.

How can i solve this problem? How can remove check the "read only" attribute??


Thanks
Saikat

A:Can't remove "read only" attribute

Hi jobs3saikat and welcome to SF

Are you saying that the hidden attribut is actually set?
Or is it just "hilighted" like in my screen shot.
Can you actually copy files into one of those folders and can you open one such file, alter it and successfully save it back?
(Like creating some random text file, load it in notepad, change something and save it back without error message)

-DG

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Windows 7 will delete "Read-Only" files without providing any warning (unlike XP).
Windows Media Player 12 will overwrite files which have the "Read-Only" attribute set.

Does anyone know how to make Windows 7 (& WMP) obey the "Read-Only" attribute on files?

A:"Read-Only" File Attribute

Hi lehnerus2000,

1) Read-only files can't be modified, but they can be copied, moved, renamed, or deleted. You can make a secure private folder which is inaccessible and undeletable. There are detailed instructions on Make Folder Inaccessible and Undeletable.

2)For WMP, go through the following page, theres a nice discussion about stopping WMP from overwriting jpgs.
Hydrogenaudio Forums > WMP and Folder.jpg being overwritten

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I have an Excel Workbook where I try to embed a Word and Excel file (icon). But, I cannot open the file afterwards. However, my colleagues can open it when I sent it to them by email. What could be the problem with my application.

I tried disabling my spyware software and reloading Microsoft Office XP but the problem is still there,

What could be the problem?
Thanks a lot
 

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I have searched and not found much to help. I cannot change the read only attribute. I right click on a folder and choose properties and remove the green scquare from the read only and click apply and go back in and it is still there. I tried a prog called attribute changer and that did nothing. I went in to regedit and changed a key that was stated at support microsoft. Can someone help me change these? Thanks.
Debbie
 

A:Read Only Attribute

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I'm using a new computer; an HP running Vista. All my user files are on a portable hard drive. When plugged into the Vista PC my files are "read only". No matter what I do, that will not change. When plugged into my old XP PC they are NOT "read only".

I have "taken owership" for the folders and subfolders but that didn't change anything. I click on folder properties and click on "read only", give my permission to change that attribute, Vista scans all the folders and subfolder as though it's doing something, but when done, the folder is still marked "read only".

Please help me if you can!

Thanks much.

Brian
 

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Im trying to find out more or less how to burn cds without the read only attribute to conserve CDs Does anyone know if this is possible or not? if possible then how do you do it?Thanks in advance -Commander Gman

A:Burning Cds Without The Read Only Attribute

If you use plain ol' cd-r's, file attributes are always burned as read only.
To preserve file attributes, there are alternatives.
Use cd-rw disks.
Use packet writing software. (i.e., incd, etc)
Zip them up before you burn.
Buy a Mac.

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Hi all, I'm new here so please excuse me if I'm posting incorrectly.. I have a laptop that came with vista home premium and I'm more familiar with the XP Pro environment. When I try to change the read only attribute in vista it won't allow me to. Is this Hidden admin account the only way to change access rights? Thanks for any clarification you might offer.
Ted

A:Change Read Only attribute

Originally Posted by ibted


Hi all, I'm new here so please excuse me if I'm posting incorrectly.. I have a laptop that came with vista home premium and I'm more familiar with the XP Pro environment. When I try to change the read only attribute in vista it won't allow me to. Is this Hidden admin account the only way to change access rights? Thanks for any clarification you might offer.
Ted




You could always change the attributes via a command line from an elevated command prompt.

Command line =
attrib "file" +r

+r will add the read only and -r will remove it

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I have a XP desktop which has c and d ( two partitions ).
C is Fat32, d is NTFS. All the folders in both the drives are set as read only by default.

If i create any folder and try to delete some file under it..it says access denied because the read-only attribute propagates to all the folders.

Though i change the attribute...they are set to read only automatically when i close and reopen windows explorer or if i go one level up/down the directory structure.
Tried changing the attributes by logging in as local administrator but no luck. Tried using dos attrib with -r and -s options but no go

checked the Security option but there is no "deny access". Please help.
 

A:windows xp - read-only attribute

Try a system restore if you have encounter this problem last times.
 

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Hi Folks,

This is driving me mad...

Tried to edit some songs in iTunes 12 and couldn't.

Found that the 'My Music' folder (and also the iTunes and iTunes Media folders) have a 'Read Only' attribute which, even when cleared, re-sets itself immediately.

Have even gone into the folder properties > security tab to look at and change if necessary the permissions
on the folder.

Permissions for SYSTEM and my User Account are set to 'Full Control' and I changed 'WMPNetworkSvc' to 'Full Control' as well, however there are two other groups/user accounts - one which seems particularly suspect.

They are 'Home Users (Main-PC\Home Users)' and 'Account Unknown (S-1-5-21-3804351167-4107182424-2651067984-1004)' which both have only 'Read & Execute', 'List folder contents' and 'Read' set to 'Allow'

Could these be causing the problem?

As an aside - any idea what the 'Account Unknown' is?!?

Would it be OK to set the permissions of both of these groups/users to 'Full Control' - especially as I don't know what the 'Account Unknown' group/user is (and don't like the sound of it either).

Any help gratefully received.

Zaph

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I am unable to change the read-only attribute on any of my folders or files. When I look at the properties, the read-only attribute has a green block inside the box instead of a green check. There are three options (instead of two) - green check, no green check or green box. Does anyone know what this box means and how to change this attribute? It will allow me clear the green box, but when I look at the properties again, it is back there. I am logged in as an Administrator and have downloaded SP2. Any help would be extremely appreciated. Confused in Hurricane country!
 

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Recently I formatted my hard drive and all my data was again copied from different Hard drive.I use win 7 ultimate .This has resulted in the READ only Tried using properties and attrib command, both failed. How do I change the files to read/write?
I have more than 300GB data.Whenever I try to edit any file I get message "save failed please check file is not opened in another programme" or I have to save with different name. please advise me how I change this.
Thanks

A:change Read only attribute

Hello Padasalgi,

As a test, use the tutorial below to add "Take Ownership" to your context menu. Take Ownership Shortcut
Afterwards, see if using it to Take Ownership of the drive and/or files/folders will allow you to save them as normal without having to rename them.

When you right click on an item and click on "Take Ownership", it sets the "Administrators" group as the owner of the item, and sets permissions to allow administrators "Full control" of the item.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi Folks,

This is driving me mad...

Tried to edit some songs in iTunes 12 and couldn't.

Found that the 'My Music' folder (and also the iTunes and iTunes Media folders) have a 'Read Only' attribute which, even when cleared, re-sets itself immediately.

Have even gone into the folder properties > security tab to look at and change if necessary the permissions
on the folder.

Permissions for SYSTEM and my User Account are set to 'Full Control' and I changed 'WMPNetworkSvc' to 'Full Control' as well, however there are two other groups/user accounts - one which seems particularly suspect.

They are 'Home Users (Main-PC\Home Users)' and 'Account Unknown (S-1-5-21-3804351167-4107182424-2651067984-1004)' which both have only 'Read & Execute', 'List folder contents' and 'Read' set to 'Allow'

Could these be causing the problem?

As an aside - any idea what the 'Account Unknown' is?!?

Would it be OK to set the permissions of both of these groups/users to 'Full Control' - especially as I don't know what the 'Account Unknown' group/user is (and don't like the sound of it either).

Any help gratefully received.

Zaph

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I can't remove the Read Only attribute from my files. I went to the command line and entered:

attrib -R *.*

figuring that'd clear it for all the files in that folder, but it made no difference at all. What the heck is going on? Why would Win 7 set this bit anyway? This is causing a good deal of problems for me because the folder is now read only so I can't restore to it. This is a nightmare.

A:Stubborn Read Only Attribute

Hello slide,

Just to verify, if the Read-only box doesn't have a check mark in it, the item is not set as read-only. See the blue note box at the top of the tutorial below to see if it may apply here.

Read-only File and Folder Attribute

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I got a major problem. All folders i create have automatically the read-only attribute (blue box, not checked), and i can't get rid of it. I searched the forum but didn't find anything that would be of much help. Can anyone help me please?

A:Can't uncheck read-only attribute

Hi there Eiji try taking ownership of the folders: Take Ownership Shortcut

Just to check, are you the administrator on your PC?

you might want to take a look at this as well: http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/10...attribute.html specifically the Command Line bit, as you have already tried the GUI method

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Hi,
 
I'm using a Windows 7 PC. I have several files that I edit regularly, but when I try to save them, I get a message saying that they're read only and can't be saved, so I have to save a copy, then delete the original and rename the copy. When I right click the files and go to Properties it says they aren't read only. When I right click the folders they're in and go to Properties it says they are read only, but if I uncheck the box and click apply, although it appears to work, the next time I look they're read only again.
 
Please can someone tell me how to stop my files from being read only so that I can edit and save them normally?
 
Thank you,
Joe

A:Removing Read Only Attribute

What file types are you referring to?
 
Louis

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Hi,

I'm using a Windows 7 PC. I have several files that I edit regularly (e.g. doc, docx, rtf, xls, xlsx, csv, mmp, mmap, pwa, etc.), but when I try to save them, I get a message saying that they're read only and can't be saved, so I have to save a copy, then delete the original and rename the copy. When I right click the files and go to Properties it says they aren't read only. When I right click the folders they're in and go to Properties it says they are read only, but if I uncheck the box and click apply, although it appears to work, the next time I look they're read only again.

Please can someone tell me how to stop my files from being read only so that I can edit and save them normally?

Thank you,
Joe
 

A:Removing Read Only Attribute

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While in excel, I would like to open another excel file and read some information.

The file I am reading from, will have a row with "Avg." in Col A with data in Col B through L in that row that I want to extract. The data line will be in a different place in all excel files and there may be 2 lines to read.

At this time, I have used the Open command successfully to find the file but do not know how to proceed (?the open structure may be wrong?).

I am familiar with loops and variables but can can not figure out the rest unique to excel.

Any help would be appreciated.
 

A:Solved: Read excel file B while in excel file A

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i'm using grapher 7 with office 2007, and so my excel files are usually in xlsx or xml format. it seems grapher 7 does not like this. i suppose i can save the excel files in the old xls format, but this can be a pain. is there another easier fix for this?

A:excel and xlsx

Not familiar with 'Grapher 7,' but FYI you can change your default save format from File > Options > Save.http://www.infragistics.com/community/forums/p/97032/478779.aspx#478779

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Hi all.
I have troubles with the read-only attribute of folders.

I create folders and they are read-only by default. When I uncheck the read-only attribute it appears to obay my command but further inspection aftewards reveals that nothing has really happened.

I am the owner, I give to myself full rights but I cannot gain control on this feature.

It's very frustrating as I cannot edit the files in these folders.

I checked the web and found some pruposed solutions like using the dos attrib command but... no luck.

I'd appreciate any suggestions.
Thanks

A:cannot uncheck folders' read-only attribute

Hello Skylos,

Double check using the tutorial below to see if it may help. In Windows, folders cannot be set as read-only. Only the files in the folders can be.

If the box is blue , then it's a default neutral setting that is always displayed. For a folder, it means all files in the folder not to be set as read-only.

Read-only File and Folder Attribute
Did you also take ownership of and set your account "Full control" of the files in the folder?

Take Ownership of file

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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