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    Read Only Attribute (XP Pro)

    The folders on my PC have a read-only attribute. When I uncheck the box, the system asks me if I want the read only attribute removed from all sub folders and files. In this instance I do and it appears to go thru the motions of resetting the attributes. If I select this folder again and check the attributes, it's back to read-only again. Is this an error situation or something built in to XP. I need this functionality.
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    Re: Read Only Attribute (XP Pro)

    Are saying that ALL folders are read only?

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    Re: Read Only Attribute (XP Pro)

    I think that this is normal for folders on Windows XP, only the operating system can actually write to the File that represents the folder.
    If this is on an NTFS partition then look on the security tab for the real permissions on the folder

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    Re: Read Only Attribute (XP Pro)

    Yes,
    Just checking half a dozen at random, all folders are read only. Not neccessarily the contents but the folder. It is an NTFS volume.
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    Re: Read Only Attribute (XP Pro)

    See StuartR's reply above. On my NON NTFS systems it is the same way.

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    Re: Read Only Attribute (XP Pro)

    Skip--

    To see the security tab, and work with permissions, you need to first go to Explorer>Tools>Folder Options>View and Uncheck the "Use Simple File Sharing (Recommended) Check Box. It's checked by default which makes some people wonder where the security tab and the several boxes that follow to work with permissions are. The security tab is visible only on NTFS drives; you have to be logged in as Administrator or be the owner of an object to set its permissions. You're using Pro--for people using Home the only way to adjust permissions is to restart in Safe Mode or to use the Cacls utility (and its switches) from the command prompt or Xcals from the XP CD-Rom located in SupportToolsSupport.cab.

    This reference may help you in using permissions:
    Master XP Permissions from Win2000TechTarget.

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    Re: Read Only Attribute (XP Pro)

    THANK YOU!
    That was it!

    Regards,

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    Re: Read Only Attribute (XP Pro)

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    I've never been able to describe exactly how I feel, but now I have the perfect explanation when I'm asked so casually, How ya doing?

    I hope you don't mind if I do a little plagiarism.
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