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windows xp - read-only attribute

Q: windows xp - read-only attribute

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.

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A: windows xp - read-only attribute

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

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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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I?m running a Visual Studio app that fails because the folder Temporary ASP.NET Files is Read-only. In Windows Explorer, there is a checkmark next to Read-only in the folder properties. However, it does not remain unchecked if I uncheck it, even though I?m an Administrator.

If I display the Attributes column in Windows Explorer the only attribute indicated for this folder is D (for Directory).

I also tried to display the folder attributes in a Command Prompt as an Administrator using the attrib command as follows:

c:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v2.0.50727>attrib /d /s "Temporary ASP.NET Files"


This returns the following without indicating any attributes:

c:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v2.0.50727>

The Read-only attribute reportedly can be removed through a command prompt by using the ?R parameter. I would rather not run this command though without first confirming that the Read-only attribute is enabled.

My question is this ? why would this folder have Read-only checked in the folder properties, but does not display this attribute in the Attributes column of Windows Explorer nor in a command prompt as described here?

Thanks.

A:Read-only Attribute for a Windows folder

Hi Bontrager,
Might be me but thats an OLD version of .Net, current version 4.6.X.
try updating to the current version, things might change,

Roy

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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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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
 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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.
 
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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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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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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.

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A:Can't remove read only attribute from folders

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Hello:

Actually the title above doesn't due this problem justice.

I have a 1.5 yr. old ASUS notebook which has been upgraded from the initial WIN8.0 to 8.1 and then to PRO several months ago. The PRO was done in an attempt to install the encryption technology, Bitlocker. Shortly after the install of Bitlocker, I found it would not work and traced it back to a discussion with ASUS who said this particular notebook was not built with the ability to be encrypted. (This is the second notebook/laptop in several months that I ran across this!) In any case, Bitlocker is not turned on anywhere, and unfortunately, I can't find any tool to remove it from my harddrive as of yet. I only mention this as a possible bearing on the issue since apparently it embeds itself in the root directory, if I am correct. This problem recently started for some unknown reason I can't contribute anything to.

My drive D: is an extension on the physical drive. When I try to manipulate and files or folders, it comes up with "the media is read only" or "the disk is write protected" all dependent on what I am trying to do and what application is open. It will, of course, allow me to copy files to C:.
I have tried the following:
-CHKDSK which found nothing
-FILE CHECKER which found nothing
-PERMISSIONS checked and everyone and everything has full permissions
-DISKPART/ATTRIBUTES ran to check everything and according to the attributes on this volume, there is NO READONLY! I ran the CLEAN... Read more

A:My Drive D: is locked into an attribute of Read-Only

Shot in the dark here, this site shows how to remove Bitlocker although written for Win 7, it should work in Win 8

how to remove bitlocker

Also any help here

Unlock a BitLocker-protected drive - Windows Help

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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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Hi,

I have some folder which, when i right click on them and change the attributes to not 'read only', and it follows by asking do you want all folders and subfolder included in this change, and I indicate yes. It then goes through the process of changing all the file attributes. When I again right click on the folder, it indicates that there are still read only files in the folder.

What's up with that? And, How do I fix it?

Thanks.

A:I Changed The Folder Attribute To Not 'read Only'

See if this helps:How to set, view, change, or remove file and folder permissions in Windows XP

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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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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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I've been working on some 3d work. Tried to save a file and the program crashed saying it didn't have access to a particular folder (after months of working in the same folder btw). So I checked out the folder and it has a 'read only' attribute. Even if I de-check the 'read only' (using the highest level parent and all its subs/files)....it has the 'read only' attribute back again when I directly re-open the properties. I've tried restarting my pc, but same deal.

Any ideas why? I haven't installed anything in weeks.

A:All folders & subs suddenly have 'read only' attribute

Hello BleepingCrazy,

Just to point out, folders themselves cannot be marked as read-only. When read-only is checked on a folder's properties page, read-only is applied to all of the files in the folder instead. You could try Option two in METHOD TWO of the tutorial below to remove the read-only attribute to see if that may help.Read-only File and Folder Attribute
How does it work if you use run as administrator on the program?

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I believe there's a bug in Western Digital's Dataguard Diagnostics.

Raw Read Error Rate
Threshold: 51
Value: 200
Worst: 1
Data: 0

Those values are shown in Western Digital's Dataguard Diagnostics and Everest. However, the Raw Read Error Rate fails Western Digital's SMART test but is OK: normal according to Everest. The Value 200 is well above the Threshold 51, my hard drive passed Western Digital's Quick and Extended Test, and there's no sign of hard drive failure: warnings or errors. All this has me believe it's a Western Digital Dataguard Diagnostics bug. I don't put much in to SMART's below-70 accuracy rate, but the fail worries me. If you know anything about SMART, what do you think?
 

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Hi, Whenever I write to a CD RW disc it save no problem, however, it saves with the read-only attribute in place and I can't remove it. I have documents on the disc which are updated on a regular basis, so I need to know how to prevent files being copied with this attribute.
thanks
 

A:Solved: Read-only attribute removal on CDrom

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Hello everybody,

I have a problem with the C:\Programs Files and C:\Program Files (x86) folders under W7 RC 64bit:
these folder have the read-only attribute set on and I can't unset it.

Whenever I tried to unset this attribuite even if W7 seems to comply the folders actually remain in the read-only mode.

Is there a way to unset this attribute?
I need to do that at least for a subfolder, since this contains a program which modifies files every time you open it.

KEB

A:How do I unset the Program folder read-only attribute?

I think this is s security setting and cant be changed.
I would give the program that keeps changing things Admin rights when it runs inside of the compatibility tab and see if that works before removing the read-only attribute in the Program folder.

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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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This just happened in the last week. I have an external hard drive where I keep all my data. Suddenly I am now unable to save, move, delete, etc. I am administrator as well as owner of the files that are being affected...everything on my external. I do not know how or why this read only attribute got applied to my J: drive but I have tried everything that I've read in your forum and I dont know what else to do.
Why would the computer apply read only to an external? It wasn't there last week, I've never had this problem. I first tried the windows route to change permissions and such, failed, then i used the elevated command prompt and attrib variations that should have corrected the situation, failed. The last thing I got before i was forced to quit trying for the moment is when i applied the attrib cmds to all subfiles and folders; at first it said something about hidden files so i placed the -H in front and suddenly the screen was filling with all of the file on the external, but saying that it could not access the files.....bottom line is that i got down as far as i've been able to figure out by reading the posts here and the last thing that happened was that it finally was able to get to the files but came back with "access denied" on every file and folderl
Can anyone think of why this could happen to an external and if there is some way to repair it? I have already tried copy/paste into another location yet still the read only square is there.
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A:Read Only Attribute applied to my external, cmd = 'access denied'

Hello PhoenixRising1, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if you are able to access the external drive after taking ownership of it and its content.

Take Ownership Shortcut

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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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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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This just happened in the last week. I have an external hard drive where I keep all my data. Suddenly I am now unable to save, move, delete, etc. I am administrator as well as owner of the files that are being affected...everything on my external. I do not know how or why this read only attribute got applied to my J: drive but I have tried everything that I've read in your forum and I dont know what else to do.
Why would the computer apply read only to an external? It wasn't there last week, I've never had this problem. I first tried the windows route to change permissions and such, failed, then i used the elevated command prompt and attrib variations that should have corrected the situation, failed. The last thing I got before i was forced to quit trying for the moment is when i applied the attrib cmds to all subfiles and folders; at first it said something about hidden files so i placed the -H in front and suddenly the screen was filling with all of the file on the external, but saying that it could not access the files.....bottom line is that i got down as far as i've been able to figure out by reading the posts here and the last thing that happened was that it finally was able to get to the files but came back with "access denied" on every file and folderl
Can anyone think of why this could happen to an external and if there is some way to repair it? I have already tried copy/paste into another location yet still the read only square is there.
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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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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

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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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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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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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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Hello everyone, I used windows server 2016 IIS to build an ftp server, but the time attributes of the stored files are all 8 hours away from my local time. How can I solve this problem?

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At times, Windows decides I should have image attribute columns in certain folders (size, date taken, etc). I can turn them off by going to a folder without them and clicking on the button that applies settings to all folders. But is there a way to stop them from coming back?
 

A:Windows Explorer shows image attribute columns...

Right click > view > select the view you want. Then click tools > folder options > view tab > put a check in Remember each folder's view settings and click ok.
 

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Hi All

I used the files and folders Encrypt attribute: "Properties>General>Encrypt contents to secure data"
to encrypt a folder and all its contents. The folder and all its contents are green of colour. Now this is on the D-drive. I formatted my windows C drive and now I cannot access any of the files inside the encrypted folder.

I try setting permissions but they are set for administrators and I'm an administrator. How do I decrypt them?

Thank you
 

A:Solved: Windows Folder Encrypt Attribute - How to Decrypt?

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A search for how to hide a folder (and subfolders and content) shows 3d party software, or using the hidden attribute in Windows itself. Putting aside 3d party stuff for now what I came upon was this method:
From cmd. Type ?CD C:abcd? (replace ?abcd? with the name of the folder you want to hide.)2. Now type ?attrib file +s +h? and replace ?file? with the name of the actual file name you would like to hide.

I tried this method which seemed ideal to me and nothing happened at all I could still see my folder. I assumed using ?attrib file +s +h" without the quotes but with spaces shown

Here's what's important: what happens to the hidden folder when i delete a visible folder above it in the folder tree? Will the hidden folder be backed up? Will it be scanned by my AV program? Can the files in the folder be recovered in an emergency such as a system crash?

Also: The hidden file attribute can not be used everything must be visible and accessible except for the hidden folder.
And here's something which I would like but which may not be possible. The folder in question (with other folders within it) is huge about 700GB. Assuming that on the drive where this 700GB folder sits are other folders totaling 50GB. In a 1TB drive this means there is now about 250GB free space. Would it be possible, once hidden, for the drive to show it actually has 950GB free space. In other words if the folder is hidden but one sees that there is only 250GB of free space left then this could rai... Read more

A:How2 hide a folder without using the Windows "hidden" attribute and...

Hi,

Just to be clear, the attrib MyFile +s +h command will flag the file MyFile as a Hidden (+h) and System (+s) file.








  
Quote: Originally Posted by pintree3


what happens to the hidden folder when i delete a visible folder above it in the folder tree?


A hidden folder will be treated like any other ordinary folder and will be deleted similarly. However, attempting to delete a System flagged file/folder will result in Explorer prompting confirmation before deletion of that file/folder.








  
Quote: Originally Posted by pintree3


Will the hidden folder be backed up?


Usually that is the case. It depends on what backup software you use. I know SyncToy does backup hidden/system files and folders.








  
Quote: Originally Posted by pintree3


Will it be scanned by my AV program?


Definitely. For obvious reasons.








  
Quote: Originally Posted by pintree3


Can the files in the folder be recovered in an emergency such as a system crash?


If you can recover ordinary, non-hidden files/folders you sure can recover hidden/system files and folders.
Think of file attributes as indicators that Explorer uses to modify how it shows or treats items.

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Is Windows 7.0 sometimes unable to display a folder that has attribute="hidden"?

A tool associated with Visual Build Pro 8.7 called "Enhanced Zip" seems to be stripping away the "hidden" attribute of an attribute="hidden" folder, after the folder has been added to a zip file.

We are uncertain if "Enhanced Zip" is bugged, and is "un-hiding" folders with attribute="hidden", or if the zipped folder retains attribute="hidden" but Windows 7.0 mistakenly displays it as "Non-Hidden", when you look at the folder's Properties.

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Here is a link to the EULA for Vista. Pay special attention to section 6. Look what windows defender can do!

http://download.microsoft.com/docume...9cf5105718.pdf

A:Vista Eula Link Must Read!!! Read About What Windows Defender Will Do To You!

Nice. I had scrutinized it hard enough already with a steel hat, so I'm still safe.

Hehe, Veesta is a beast! Most corps, even NIST, MIT, UDoD and ASUS as the largest MB MFG detests it. Not fit for mass consumption eh.

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what is the advantage of action attribute, if i use other than form element , and where i can use it in my code
 

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