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    read-only flag (Windows XP Prof)

    Hi,

    When we right click on any folder in WinXP Prof and select Properties a dull tick mark on Read-only is enabled.
    This does not affect anyway in deleting/accesing the folder what for this tick mark and how to remove this from all folders.

    Thanx

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    Re: read-only flag (Windows XP Prof)

    A "dull" tick generally means a mixture of contents - some are probably marked read-only, the others not.
    If it is "not affect anyway in deleting/accesing the folder" why are you wanting to change it?
    Read-only only prevents you from over-writing a file, not accessing or deleting it.

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    Re: read-only flag (Windows XP Prof)

    Hi,
    Thanx for replay,
    Though this faded checkmark is not troubling us, is there any way we could clear this from all folders.

    Regs,

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    Re: read-only flag (Windows XP Prof)

    I find the easiest way to do this is from a command prompt. First, open the command window by clicking Start - Run and entering CMD in the box.

    You need to change to the correct drive/folder. If you don't know how to do that, post back.

    Enter the following to remove the attribute from all matching files and folders:
    <pre>ATTRIB -h *.* /S</pre>

    The /S will force ATTRIB to remove the specified attribute from all files and folders in the current and subfolders.
    -Mark

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    Re: read-only flag (Windows XP Prof)

    Command should be

    ATTRIB -r *.* /S

    to turn off read-only. -h turns off "hidden"

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    Re: read-only flag (Windows XP Prof)

    <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> Thanks for catching my gaffe! All ATTRIB commands can be viewed by entering ATTRIB /? at the command line.
    -Mark

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    Re: read-only flag (Windows XP Prof)

    I just saw the following in the MS XP general newsgroup and remembered this thread. I believe this answers your question about read-only folders

    "This behavior is by design. The Read-only attribute on a folder is ignored by the file system. You can still delete, rename, and change a read-only
    folder in other ways. The Read-only check box for system folders is always unavailable (appears dimmed) instead of containing a check mark. You
    can remove or put a check mark in the check box to modify the attributes of the contents of the folder (files but not subfolders), but you cannot
    change the Read-only attributes of system folders.

    Regards,

    Jacob Fu

    jacobf@online.microsoft.com
    Product Support Services
    Microsoft Corporation"

    hth,
    Joe
    Joe

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