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    Cannot Remove Folder Attributes From Read Only To Non-read Only

    I have a sub-folder on external drive D. The sub-folder appears empty.

    The sub-folder name is shaded green.

    I go to Properties and see the property box is shaded green read-only. I change the shaded box to non-shaded, click Apply, click OK, but the attribute refuses to change to non-read only.

    I try to delete the read-only folder, but get the message, Cannot Delete The Folder, It Is Being Used By Another Program.

    I want to delete the folder. What do I do?

    Thank you in advance for your reply.

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    Have you tried to reboot, then delete the folder? I might also suggest to Right click the folder and Take Ownership. Since you do not say which version of Windows I included a Google search with links to XP and Win 7.

    After applying Take Ownership, try to delete again.
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    Sorry Ted, I am using XP.

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    No problem. MS lists the method to Take Ownership of a file or folder. This might help. Have you tried to reboot then delete the file? Hope these tips help.
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    Problem Solved. I rebooted and then tried to delete the folder. This time deleting the folder worked. Thank you, Ted, for the tip.

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    Often rebooting will release whatever app is holding the file or folder. Very simple thing to try before getting into more complex stuff. Glad your problem is solved.
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    Note: Your issue was a program or process holding the folder NOT that the folder was marked as read only. See You cannot change or view the Read-only or system attributes in Windows Explorer for more details.

    Joe

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