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    Change Date Stamp on files

    Is there a utility where I can change the date stamp (Saved, modified last accessed etc) of a file?
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    Re: Change Date Stamp on files

    Hi Paul,
    take a look at this: Attribute changer. Works well and is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>

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    Re: Change Date Stamp on files

    Hi Paul

    Here are a couple of freebies you could try:
    EZ Touch
    Attribute Magic Free

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    Re: Change Date Stamp on files

    I use PropertiesPlus all the time.
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    Re: Change Date Stamp on files

    Joe, at first glance it seemed that Attribute changer was the latest and most comprehensive, and so the only one needed. However, I ran into a problem with it. Maybe you know the solution?

    I wanted to change dates on some shortcuts (.lnk files) but the context menu item either didn't show, or if it did, it followed the link and set out to change the target file. Had me <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> until I noticed it! Great utility tho', apart from that one issue.

    John, PropertiesPlus has an identical limitation, but makes it obvious as it appends "(Target)" to its context menu item. I also have used it for a few years, but looks like it just became redundant (for me).

    I used Attribute Magic Free to do the changes, and it worked with all the shortcuts. Now my Program Downloads folder, sorted by descending date modified, has the shortcuts to Add or Remove Programs, <!post=ZipInstaller,262563>ZipInstaller<!/post>, and MyUninstaller at the top as a <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3timages/addreminder.gif alt=reminder> <img src=/S/note.gif border=0 alt=note width=20 height=20> to use them.

    Anyway, <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> all - Paul for the well timed question, others for the links.
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    Re: Change Date Stamp on files

    I'm a but late to this thread, but being a Command Line fan I use TOUCH from every version of the NT4 Resource Kit there's ever been, and SetFileDate if I want a GUI version (easily Googled-for).

    You might be interested in a discussion of why most of the date attributes of files are unreliable - Windows File Date and Time. Very enlightening
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    Re: Change Date Stamp on files

    <img src=/S/bingo.gif border=0 alt=bingo width=15 height=22> Very enlightening indeed! I had half figured out some of the vagaries of the three time stamps (the reason I've stuck with "date modified" as the least unreliable). This is the best summary that I've seen on the topic. Well worth a read, even if it makes you <img src=/S/weep.gif border=0 alt=weep width=21 height=16>

    (And I think I've got touch tucked away in a corner in case I need it for a batch file <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>)
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    Re: Change Date Stamp on files

    Tim, I don't know the solution. Did you try contacting the author? Many times these guys are quite responsive.

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    Re: Change Date Stamp on files

    Thanks Joe. That is the next step, and Ill report back as and when anything useful happens.
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    Re: Change Date Stamp on files

    Hi Paul,

    From the Command prompt:
    copy /y filename /b+
    will change the 'filneme' time/date stamp to the current time & date.

    If you need a different time/date stamp, you could always temporarily change your system time & date - or use one of the utilities mentioned in this thread.

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    Re: Change Date Stamp on files

    Good article, John. I remember getting to learn the difference between moving and copying within a single volume when trying to copy a folder containing MP3s:
    Whenever I edited one of the files and saved, Winamp would mess up the playlist order (normally I won't use .m3u playlists, but add a folder containing a full CD in MP3s, and I want the files to appear sorted by the CD order). For example, after doing the edit, when I cleared the playlist and added the whole directory again, track # 1 would appear at the end of the list.
    I really don't know which criterium(a) Winamp bases on to sort added files, but it definitely has to do with the date stuff. What I first did was suspect it did have to do with dates. So I moved the files in an attempt they would change their date attributes. But they appeared exactly in the same... disorder. So I tried copying, and it worked. As you imagine I don't do this very often, but I remember the process of copying and checking the tracks appear in the right order being... obscure. Really difficult to abstract a law of behavior <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>- this goes for both Windows and Winamp, though the article John linked to takes care of Windows's flawed attributes system.
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    Re: Change Date Stamp on files

    I received a quick reply from Romain...
    <hr> Yes, you're right. I searched longtime for a solution but failed to find one. I'm aware of the problem and I'm still searching to resolve it... the fact is that Attribute Changer's COM object registers itself with the shell on TRUE filesystem objects. I appears to me that URL's and shortcuts are not handled as filesystem objects in Windows, but rather as virtual objects.

    It's on my TODO list to change this behaviour. <hr>
    ...but (with my limited understanding of the nitty gritty) it leads me to suspect that a fix maybe while coming.
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    Re: Change Date Stamp on files

    Hi Joe,
    Luv the app, and the price <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
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    Re: Change Date Stamp on files

    Hi Ken,
    Looked as these also, as well as Joe's option. All do what I want, many thanks for these links. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
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    Re: Change Date Stamp on files

    Hi John,
    This is a cool app, thanks for the link
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