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    Folder attributes (XP Home SP1)

    Hi all --
    I want to make a folder (say, C:Games) non-read-only (hoping this will allow other Users to access those games).
    When I right-click the folder & choose properties, the read-only box is checked.
    When I untick the box, and confirm that I do want to change the atributes for this Folder and the ones it dominates,
    WinXP seems to set the attribute to non-read only. However, next time I check the attributes for C:Games, the read-only box is
    checked again. What is going on --I am doing this as Administrator (albeit new to XP)?
    Best,

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    Re: Folder attributes (XP Home SP1)

    You need to share the folders with other users. Showing a folder a read only is standard with XP. Changing it will not affect the display of the read only attribute.

    Joe
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    Re: Folder attributes (XP Home SP1)

    Thank you, Joe.
    -- is sharing only possible by putting the folder into "Shared Documents"?

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    Re: Folder attributes (XP Home SP1)

    If you have XP Home or are not on a network, I believe so.

    According to Help:

    To share files and folders on your computer
    Open My Documents.
    Click the file or folder you want to share.
    Drag the file or folder to Shared Documents in Other Places.

    Notes
    To open My Documents, double-click the My Documents icon on your desktop.
    If you are connected to a network domain, the Shared Documents, Shared Pictures, and Shared Music folders are not available.
    If the file or folder you want to share is not located in My Documents or its subfolders, use Search to find it. To open Search, click Start, point to Search, and then click For Files or Folders.
    Moving or copying a file or folder to Shared Documents makes it available to everyone who uses your computer.


    I'm on XP Pro so the attachment below may not apply (right_click folder in Explorer and select Sharing and Security), but with Pro there appears an alternative.

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    Re: Folder attributes (XP Home SP1)

    Hi Leif,

    thanks -- meantime, I also found and applied the Network solution (even though it's a standalone computer -- that fooled me),
    and it worked like a charm.

    Best,

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