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    Changing file dates (SP2)

    Does anyone know how to change file dates and times (created, changed, etc.)? A third party tool would be fine. I have UltraEdit32 but that only changes the contents of a file, not of a folder. I remember years ago that you could do this in a FAT file system with Norton Utilities, but I can't find anything to do it in NTFS.

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    Re: Changing file dates (SP2)

    There are various free utilities to do this, e.g.
    PropertiesPlus
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    Re: Changing file dates (SP2)

    Attribute Changer will do what you want and it's <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> .
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    Re: Changing file dates (SP2)

    You might find it useful to read the seminal account of Windows File Date and Time. Just leave out the XXCOPY-specific stuff from the article.

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    Re: Changing file dates (SP2)

    Thanks for the tip. I downloaded Attribute Changer, and it does just what I wanted. One attribute you can change is the 'Index" flag. What is this used for? I have not seen it before and it is not listed as a settable attribute in Windows Explorer.

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    Re: Changing file dates (SP2)

    No idea; hopefully a Windows expert will know.

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    Re: Changing file dates (SP2)

    I believe that indicates whether or not a file is eligible to be processed byy the infamous Microsoft Indexing Service. Most people have the service turned off since it always appeared to use more resources than benefit derived from search performance boost. Now I think you'd be better off installing one of the many desktop search tools if you need or want to be able quickly and easily search your system.

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    Re: Changing file dates (SP2)

    I wondered if it was anything to do with the indexing service. I have mine turned off and use a couple of other pieces of software, Google Desktop Search and Lookout. It seems that every file has the index flag set, including exes and dlls. The MS indexing service might work better if it din't index binary files.

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