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Read only folders revert back to read only

Question: Read only folders revert back to read only

Hello everyone. I've recently reinstalled Windows 7 (two, three days ago) and I'm having a problem with my World of Warcraft Addons. I'm thinking the problem is due to parts of my World of Warcraft folder being read only. In the Properties menu of the folder, the "read only" check box is not checked but filled in with a little blue square. Now being a windows noob I'm not 100% sure, but I'm assuming that means it's read only. So I unchecked the box, pressed okay but if I open the Properties window again, it's still got the little blue box.

I've ran a few virus/malware scanners, and I don't seem to have anything. I've installed all of the Windows updates and I'm still having the same problem.

Thanks in advance everybody!

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Answer: Read only folders revert back to read only

By default all folders with Files in them, the properties are Read Only (Only applies to Files in Folder) Meaning that if the actual file within the folder isn't Read Only, the rest of it isn't either. (test this theory on any other folders on your computer) so that is not your problem with WoW

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I transferred files from administrator to another user. The files are read only and when I change them to get full permissions, they revert back to read only, so that I can not change the files as the other user.

Answer:Why does file properties revert to read-only?

You should find what you are looking for in one of these links.

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I have recently transferred all my documents from my old PC to a new one, both running XP. I am set up as the Administrator and the other 3 Users have Limited Accounts. I can amend all documents in the Word and Excel shared folders, but they are coming up as 'Read Only' for the other users. Tried re-installing MS Office which seemed to fix it but now the 'Read Only' is back.Any suggestions?

Answer:Shared documents revert to read only

"I can amend all documents in the Word and Excel shared folders, but they are coming up as 'Read Only' for the other users"Which is the whole point of a Limited Account - they cannot make changes to shared system-wide resources which, in this case, includes Word and Excel files.If they have their own files in their own My Documents folder, they will be editable by the Limited Account users.

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I have taken steps I found online:Disabling auto saveDisabling automatic back upChanging permissions (but immediately after I change them and hit "apply" and "ok" they revert back to their previous status)I am using a Lenovo L440 with Windows 10, Office 2016, and Bitdefender. I suspect it might be an issue with Bitdefender, but I could not find any information about conflicts. I have run Malwarebytes and Junkware Removal Tool. Malwarebytes says my system is clean and JRT did not resolve the issue. Recently I repaired the Office installation, and that fixed it for a few weeks, but it has started happening again.Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Answer:Why do my Office 2016 documents revert to read-only?

Depending on where you got this from, it might be the the Protection in Office 2016, that causes to open the document in Protected View Mode.You can set this in Office 2016 / Options / Trust Center / Protected View.Maybe that helps.

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Hi everyone

I was just working on a brochure for a charitable organization in illustrator last night, and when I tried to save it it gave an error. I went to the folder and checked the properties, and the read-only check box was checked. So I unchecked it, and tried again. No luck. The check was still there.

To my dismay all the folders on my drive are like this. Just the folders and not the files. I'm working on a really tight deadline and I don't know what to do.

Can anyone help?

Thanks a lot

Answer:All folders read-only

It's a Windows thing...all folders are marked Read Only and then Windows ignores that setting. I have no idea why they do it that way but I do know it's nothing to worry about.

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Question: Read only folders

I recently downloaded the Picasa program for editing my digital photo collection. However, when I try to save an edited picture, I get the error message that the disk may be read only. I then checked the hard drive I am using (an external 80Gb USB drive) and sure enough, the photo file I am using is shown as read only. Right clicking on this file and deselecting the read only tab results in a "you will need administrator permission to do this" (which I have) but then after clicking on a continue box the computer appears to carry out the task. But nothing changes.At one stage the computer was supposedly changing the read status for about 15 minutes, but still some of the files remained read only. Strangely, some of the nested files are not read only.Is this a Vista fault?

Answer:Read only folders

that's the kind of thing that made me turn UAC off ...

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Hi all!

Problem is as follows: as far as I can discern, all the folders on the PC are read-only. The read-only tickbox under the properties is greyed out under one admin account and appears as a blue square under the other. I can remove the tick/square and hit apply, it will go through the all the files but after the process completes, everything is still read only. Even new folders that I create are read-only, even if I create them on the root folder. Taking ownership of the folders did not help.

The problem I have with this is that a software I use fails to generate content into the designated folder as it does not have the permission to write files. It's got to be the read-only setting that messes the things up.

Any idea what's going on?

Answer:All folders are read-only

What you are seeing is normal. In Windows Explorer the checkbox is used s a convenient way to set or reset the read only attribute of the files contained within the folder. It does not apply to the folder itself. Most likely your problem is due to a permissions issue which is very different. What folder is it? By default even an admin account does not have write access to all folders.

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Problem pretty much is explained by the title. I try setting all my folders in drive C: to non read-only, and it grinds along and supposedly completes its task, but when I open up the properties window it has a check mark in the read-only box.

To sum up, I can't set my folders, any of them, to write mode. They stay in read-only mode.

And I really wanted to update firefox too...

Specs: xp home sp2, fast/new computer(intel quad core with 3.5 gigs ram and 8800gts). Sata drives, 80 gB and 400 gB (c is 80gig, but problem also happens on 400 too)

Answer:read-only folders


See if this helps:

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I have a really weird question.
All of the folders on my hard drive show up as read only(none of the files do though). All of my programs work except running hldsupdatetool to make a dedicated source server when I get a connection error. If i uncheck the read only, it immediately returns. I also tried moving hldsupdatetool to a flash drive to only have the same problem. I also tried starting in safe mode and was still unable to make anything not read only. Help any help appreciated.

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Question: Folders Read Only

Hi everyone,

I'm new to Vista like millions of others. So far I like it. However I noticed that when attempting to rename a folder I get access is denied. I tried unticking the read only attribute but it just re-applies after closing the properties dialogue. I was on a network at the office but that doesnt seem to matter as i still cannot change the attribute.

All advice is much appreciated, I do have administrator rights last time i checked.

ThanQ all for your time and expertise.

Answer:Folders Read Only

More than likely you do not have the permissions to make this change - and that's why it goes back when you try to change it. Vista is much more secure than XP - so the changes are that much more difficult.I'd suspect that you'll have to take ownership of the files/folder - and then you'll have to give yourself permission to use/work with the files. The procedure is essentially the same as with XP - but it's pretty long, so I'll just link to the XP mini-guide on Access Denied and will let you take it from there. If it's unclear, please post back with questions.

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Can someone help? Suddenly all my folders have become Read Only. These are folders I've created and I only discovered the problem when I tried to rename one of them. Does anyone know why this has happened and is there an easy solution? I don't feel inclined to create new ones.
Thank you

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Today I recognized all my files / folders are readonly, I cant change it, if I do a it turns back to read only. This problem started today - I used microtorrent (uninstalled now) and Deamon Tools Lite (uninstalled now + uninstalled drivers). I also installed XAMPP + Joomla 1.5 (files from original sites) today - when I installed XAMPP, well my PC was connected to internet and for a minute before I set up password for XAMPP/phpmyadmin/mysql it was unecure... But on the other hand I have Router which does't forward any ports to my PC.

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Answer:Read only folders (all)

Hello mdew,

Windows7 has a very robust System Restore feature. My suggestion is for you to try that first.

Click Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools and in the drop down box, you'll see System Restore. Click that and when it loads, you will be presented with various dated restore points as well as small description. Select the date closest to just before this problem began and follow the prompts.

Let me know how that worked out for you.

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Can anyone help me using windows xp pro and whenever i create a new folder it is always created as read only. This is bloody annoying as ive just found out when transfering files to my laptop which then i cant open due to the restrictions. Ive looked in group and user policys to try and find a way to prevent this but no joy. Anyone of you wizz kids out there tell me what to change to stop this happening?
your help is much appreciated.

Answer:Help/read only on folders.....

if i try and change it from read only it just reverts back when i close and open up the folder again. I have administrators rights so cant quite understand this. ?
Help please !

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Question: Read-only folders

In this thread...

Read-only File and Folder Attribute was stated that "folders can't be read-only". I'm using Netbeans as my IDE for development. I tried to create a file there. At the bottom of the dialog box for creating a file it says, "The target folder is read-only." and the "Finish" button is grayed-out so it won't let me create the file.

Any thoughts?

Answer:Read-only folders

Did you read the MS Support article You cannot view or change the Read-only or the System attributes of folders in Windows Server 2003, in Windows XP, in Windows Vista or in Windows 7 referenced in that thread?


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someone please help all folders are read only and when i uncheck it, it just stays read only help its really annoying

Answer:all folders are read only

The root folder remains read-only? For sub-folders and files, you have to check the options to apply the setting to them.

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Question: Read-only folders


I'm on my cousin's computer while I get my own up and working, and I was wondering about something.

Can anyone tell me how to keep Vista from marking certain folders read-only and not letting you take it off?

Answer:Read-only folders

What folders are you speaking of? Are they within the \Windows, \Program Files, \ProgramData folders?



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Today I discovered that all my files are read only. I had saved a spreadsheet yesterday, then today I went to open it and it said read only. Then I looked at other files and the read only box was checked. Even when I unchecked it, and closing the property box, when I opened the property box again it was checked again. I did a search, but they were all over 455 days old. I tried some of the things they suggested, and nothing worked. I turned off my anti-virus, but I still couldn't change it. I'm the only one that uses my computer. And I'm the administrator. Yet some times it would say I need administrative rights. Any ideas how to fix this? I'm surprised other programs haven't started acting up.

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Question: Read Only Folders

I recently loaded Lightroom to my laptop and for the first 2 days it worked fine.

Suddenly it stopped being able to load my catalog. It says that LR cannot load catalogs in read-only folders.

I thought my UAC got turned on but that was not the problem.

I've tried dozens of methods to remove the read-only status from my folders all to no avail.

Photoshop Elements works fine accessing and altering my photo files. Everything else works normally.

Please help me remove this read-only status. It's driving me mad.

I've tried many methods as far as changing user permissions, changing the C file, etc. Nothing works. I will follow any direction step by step but it seems like the fix will be something out of the ordinary fixes for read-only folders.

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Question: Read only folders

I am installing sourcebans and it requires the folders to not  be read only I am running windows 7 proffesional and everytime I uncheck the read attribute in the properties it remarks it read only.  I have already tried this attrib -r +s drive:\<path>\<foldername> and I have already taken ownership of it. I need this answered ASAP I need to get my server running again by the end of this weekend and i still have to install sourcecomms and add a bunch of new stuff to it. Please help me!

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I may be an idiot but I can not seem to find the edit button it appears this is effecting other programs to not just sourcebans. I cant install phpbb3 becuase of it!

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Question: Read Only folders

Alright, I have a folder that is marked read only and hidden. It wont let me open it, rename it, cut/copy or paste it, i cant delete it, i cant do anything with it. if i remove the read only status it just reapplies it. its not greyed out or anything. it gives me a not accessible/access denied error message but i am the administrator of the computer. it is not shared or anything on my college network. it used to contain files but now it reads empty (0 kb) ive tried doing it through the dos prompt and that doesnt work either. any ideas?

thank you =)

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Ok whenever I create a new folder it is defaulting to read-only, if that were not annoying enough it seems as though all of my current folders have also been swithced to read only. Changing and applying the changes in the properties is not fixing the problem. They simply return to being read-only as soon as I leave the properties screen.

If anyone knows anything about how I can fix this it would be very helpful.

Answer:All folders read only

This is a misunderstanding many people make. Folders cannot be read only, only files can be. If you look closely in properties box for any folder, the 'read-only' tick-box is filled with a solid block which means that option does not apply to folders. Even if you tick it, it will change back to a solid block. Think about it, how can a folder be read-only. what would be the point? Making files read-only makes sense because it stops you from accidentally changing it. If a folder was read-only you wouldn't be able to save anything to it.

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Question: Read only folders

How can I remove the "read Only" from all my mydocuments folder/

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So, I've been having a problem with my Windows XP Media Center Edition on my home laptop (not attached to a larger network)...

The photo folders - actually most folders - are defaulting to read only status, and I'll go through the process of removing that setting, everything will work fine, and then I'll go back into 'properties' to make sure it worked, and it's right back into 'read only' status.

This wouldn't trouble me much, but when I start moving pictures from folder to folder, suddenly, I can't open that new folder, or it can no longer find the pics...

I do have administrator access.

Is there a patch available that can fix this?

thanks in advance,

Answer:'read only' folders
There's some good info in this link too Especially the 'global' options and 'same view' settings.
And one more:

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I cannot figure out what happened, but all the folders on my computer have become ready only! I tried to uncheck the box, but they went back to being read only. I don't know what's going on. Any help would save my hiney.

Answer:All folders are read only?

Hello hypocider,

If the box is blue, then it's not read only.

Read-only File and Folder Attribute - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Question: read only folders

I have a folder with phone numbers on my desktop (Dell Optiplex 980 OS windows 7) and wanted to make some alterations to it however I find that it is read only..I have unticked the read only box plus apply Ok .I have done it countless times but it stays locked. I rebooted but it made no difference. What am I doing wrong?

Answer:read only folders

Windows by default marks all folders as read-only, but it's really meaningless for folders.

The read-only attribute only applies to files, not folders.

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Problem pretty much is explained by the title. I try setting all my folders in drive C: to non read-only, and it grinds along and supposedly completes its task, but when I open up the properties window it has a check mark in the read-only box.

To sum up, I can't set my folders, any of them, to write mode. They stay in read-only mode.

And I really wanted to update firefox too...

Specs: xp home sp2, fast/new computer(intel quad core with 3.5 gigs ram and 8800gts). Sata drives, 80 gB and 400 gB (c is 80gig, but problem also happens on 400 too)

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Hey guys,

Well was doing a bit of website developing last night and noticed that when trying to change the update section of it which uses an Access database, it said I couldn't edit it due to the folder or database being read-only. "Not a problem" I thought, just had to right click the folder the database is in, go into Properties and untick "Read-Only" and then Apply, and OK.

I went back and it still didn't want to work and then I realised it wasn't saving the setting. After numerous attempts on other folders on my computer I noticed it wasn't doing it with any folders, not even ones on my external hard drives. I've run a complete virus scan since I've heard there are some nasties out there which cause folders to go to read-only and not change back. I've also tried a tutorial on a google search which used the cmd to change some settings but that didn't even begin to work.

The folder is within my Local Host, but since it isn't working anywhere on my computer, I figure it doesn't have anything to do with my IIS (Internet Information Services).

Any thoughts would be much appreciated.


Answer:Read-Only Folders?!

Go here and follow the microsoft directions to change permissions.

You didn't say what version of windows you are using. READ THE ARTICLE CAREFULLY! There are different instructions for different versions and it is easy to miss a critical change in direction in the article.

Please let me know if this solves the problem so we can help other users.

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Please delete this thread. To be reposted in another section.

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I am running XP Media Center Edition and have found today that all my folders have Attribute Read-only set and so all documents are read-only/locked. I have attempted to re-set by clearing the Read-only attribute in Properties and clicking "OK" and "Apply changes to folder, subfolders and files" but does not make any difference. I have had no previous problems but I have recently run CyberLink Power2Go (pre-loaded on my pc) for the first time to write a backup to a DVD+RW disk. Any help appreciated, thanks.

Answer:All folders in "My Documents" are Read-only

? Are these files on your C drive or on the DVD-RW disk.

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Hi All,XPPro - how do I change the Files and Folders read/write attributes.I've tried going to the folder choose properties and uncheck the Read-only from the General tag - hit apply - hit ok.After this when I check - the folder is still marked Read-only.Not able to burn to CD and I'm guessing this is the issue with that too.CheersSinclair

Answer:Folders Read Only aaaaarghhhh

well the folder have to be read only for the computer to read it it sounds like the cd writer try updating drivers software But to me sounds wat your doing is fine

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I'm running XP home SP2.All the folders have changed to read only.Every thing was OK earlier, I shut down and rebooted a few hours later and when I tried to save a file I got the error messages.I've tried changing the setting in the folder prop menu to no effect.

Answer:all folders have been changed to read only

Maybe you need to take ownership of the folders click hereStart at the highest level folder.

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ran into a problem with install shield and erorr 6006.

research said it is caused my readonly attrib on the temp directory. I tried removed the flag but it always comes back.. then I realized almost every folder on my c: is read only and I can't seem to change them!

any suggestions? install shield won't start.

Answer:most of my folders are read only and can't reset?!

You are fine -- folders are ALWAYS read only. You should concern yourself with NTFS security permissions, not the attribute.

This was discussed a few days/weeks back. I tried looking for the article, but with search disabled, it was tough to find.

Do some googling, but I assure you, you don't have a security problem because your folder shows up as read only. Your permissions are set on the security tab of the property window. If you have read only on the security tab, then you might have an issue. But the read only attribute is always true on a fodler.

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I have all my documents in the my documents folder. I can't edit any of them, they are all read only. I tried to unset read only through properties but it doesn't go away.

Can someone help


Answer:How to remove read only from folders?

I can edit files anywhere else but not my documents.

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On my file server at work, i have folders for each employee's my documents folder. I made it so only admins and that user can access that file, and on their computer "my documents" is linked to their mapped network drive. When i view the folders on the server, they all have attributes saying they are read only. I can goto that folders properties, and remove the read only, but it does nothing. Any ideas?



Answer:Server2003 Read only Folders

Working as Intended.

All folder objects have the read only attribute. You need to concern yourself with security permissions, not the attributes.

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I seem to be unable to remove the read only check from several folders with my installation of the Gimp 2.0. The checkbox is grayed out, but I can uncheck it. The problem is, next time I check the properties, it is checked again. It seems to be screwing up at least one thing with the Gimp.



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All of my folders are marked read-only in the properties. I am assuming that this is because of the SATA drives. Does anyone know if this is correct or know of a way to fix it??

Answer:All folders marked read-only

nope, thats normal

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I noticed that under properties of my user name that read only is checked, I am the admin and the only one on my pc. I've unchecked it twice and it applies changes but when I go back in it is checked again? I've tries restarting thr computer but still no luck?

Answer:How come I can't remove read only from folders?

Try going to security (in properrties) and change permissions.

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My XP laptop took a dump, but before applying the restore CD, I wanted to save data. I pulled the hard drive and connected to my Vista laptop and wrote data to DVD. I successfully restored the XP laptop, but when I try to read the DVD, all I see is the folder names with no files. Put the same DVD in the Vista laptop, and the folders are full of files. Any ideas for reading the folders on the XP system?

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I'm not sure how this happened, but it seems that all of my folders are read-only. Does anyone know how to fix this and what the possible cause could be?

Answer:All Folders in C: and D: Drive Read-Only

Folders are not Read-Only. The checkbox in properties will always be filled with a block on folders. ALWAYS.

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Some of my programs don't work when their files are set to read only. All the folders in C drive are set to read only. When I uncheck Read Only and hit ok, it goes back to being read only. I'm logged in as administrator.

What's going on?

Answer:All folders in C: are set to read only. Can't change it.

See here:

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Hi all,

I've got a Synology DS209 4tb NAS on the same network as my Windows 7 Ultimate PC and am having problems editing some files. Well, all the files, really. I use the NAS as my network share/media server for all my media files that include several hundred 5.1 DTS .WAV low-compression audio files. And lots of other stuff as well that's got the same problem, but this is the main issue. In the root of the NAS there's a shared folder called Music, and inside that folder are individual folders with the album name, and these folders contain the song files. Now for some reason, all these folders are read-only (when I click on Properties, the read-only box is blued out) and if I click it to disable the read-only and click Apply and exit the Properties dialogue box, nothing changes. If I click on Properties again, the read-only box is blued out again. What I am trying to do is edit the id3 tags of the music files (for example, to label the song name, album name, and artist and so on). I cannot make the change through Windows Explorer. I have used several id3 tag-editing programs, none of which work. In these programs, I will select the appropriate file and enter the relevant artist/album/etc. information and click Save or Apply or whatever depending on the program, but nothing sticks, it just reverts to how it originally was.
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Answer:Folders stuck on Read-Only

You can't change (or see) the read only attribute of a folder from the Properties window. The box will always appear that way. If checked, it will mark the files inside as read only (set the Read Only attribute), if unchecked, it will mark the files as not read only (unset Read Only). It will not change the attribute on folders. That can only be done from a Command Prompt.

To see the attributes on a folder, you need to add the Attribute Column in Details view. Right click in the window, point to View, click Details.
Right click on the column header and check Attributes. If Attributes isn't visible, click on More... and select it from the dialog.

This will let you see if the folder/files are actually set as Read Only.

Most programs will ignore the Read Only attribute on a folder, they only look at the attribute on the file itself, and either ignore the Read Only attribute, or will give you an error when you try to save changes.

It would help if you can post the names of the programs you are using, someone who uses a particular program may know if there is a trick to setting them up.

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My dad recently bought a new computer with Win 7 on it. We took one of the hard drives from the previous computer and installed it on the new computer. However, now all of the documents and folders on the transferred drive are read-only. We uncheck the read-only box and go through all of the stuff but when we bring back up the properties it is still read-only. I went through and took ownership of the entire transferred drive, but that doesn't work either.

I also have this same problem on the computer I just upgraded to win 7. However I backed up my documents on an external and then put them back on after I installed 7. I have this same problem as well.

Any thoughts?

Answer:Folders stuck being Read-Only

Hi Silentcom, from the surface of things, either the drive that you have physically placed into the new machine is encrypted of the username u logged on with doesn't have enough rights. Have you tried adding in the security tab a username with admin rights, give it full control, log on using that username (assumming you already logged on as such), then attemp and take ownership or edit the files.

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All my folders and files have suddenly become read only. I have no idea how this happened, I'm hoping it's not a virus! There are three other people who use this computer, I'm hoping one of them did this without knowing that they were doing it!

I cannot change this setting at the folder or file level. I'm guessing that there is some kind of setting for this in the registry, but I'm not real familiar with the registry and don't know where to look.

Any help fixing this problem will be greatly appreciated!


Answer:All folders and files read only

You might need to take ownership of the folders or files:;en-us;308421&sd=tech

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I reset all my default file folders and found them in read only as I did it. Is that normal?

I also found Dr Web instead of Saved Games in the name menu start up. .

Ever grateful

Answer:Default folders read only

Hi Avie,

Yes, this is normal. Would you like assistance on making them not read only?

Harvey Meale

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My 'Documents' folder and the folders and files within it keep becoming read only. I open a Word doc and start working on it and can save it a couple of times but the third time I'm told it is a read only file. I then check the properties for 'Documents' and the sub-folder only to find they have become read only. I make them not read only and can again save a few times but then it happens again. This has only started happening over the last couple of days but it's really annoying! I am working in compatibility mode so that people can actually read my documents. If anyone can help that would be fantastic!

Answer:Folders and files become read only

Can you open and save the files in WordPad? If you right click on a document and then properties, is the file listed as Read-Only? Is Word activated?

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I just upgraded from XP to Win 7 ult. I have a Self assembled system Specs are Q9600 with 4GB ram on a Gigabyte P45 mobo.I have 3 HDD divided into 7 Partitions. The moment I installed Win 7 all the folders in all the partition became read only which cannot be changed even if the read only attribute is changed inthe drive properties. I can write tothe root directory of a partition but cannot write to any other folder in any of the partitions.

Did try and copy the contents of one of the partitions to a formatted partition. The moment the files were copied to the destination partition they became read only.

Please help


Answer:windows 7 / Folders Read only

This a lot to go through in the link belo but I think this will be the answer.
I think what has happend is that the file permissions may have gotten messed up during the upgrade.
This may have happened due to different users setups on the different systems.
I am by no means very knowledgeable on this but I believe this is the issue.

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Ok, this has been annoying me for a few days now. I have my music which is usually on D inside a folder on E called D. This folder is set to read only, which is shouldn't be. I am the owner of the folder and have removed and added myself a few times and it's gone through the permissions changer on all the files. I've then gone and set the folder to NOT be read only, it goes through the motions, changing all the files etc. I then OK all the windows, go back and check it, read only again.

No idea what is going on.

So frustrating.

Win7 64bit Ulti

Answer:Folders Resetting to Read Only

If you right click the folder and remove the read only setting then go into the folder and see if your files have the item removed. If you then go back out and look at the folder again you will see its checked as read only, this is normal you can still write to the folder its just a small thing in windows that does that even XP does it from time to time. just make sure when you remove the read only settings you have the all files and folders checked.

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Ok guys figure this one out. I am running vista hp sp1 right and i am loged in as the admin for a user on my computer. Any folder i make is checked read only with a black check and a gray box. Now get this i check the premissions of the folder created and guess what. i have all premissions in grey checks for user, andmin and system. Now HERE IS THE ISSUE EVERY TIME I UNCHECK THAT READ ONLY BOX AND APPLY IT TO ALL FOLDERS I'LL CLICK OK AND OPEN BACK UP THE PROPERTIES AND GUESS WHAT THEIRRR IT IS STILL CHECKED. what strikes me odd is it will only do this for folders and not files that i dl or make. ALSO ALl OF MY FILES ARE READ only. Is their something i don't know i already went to cmd to get permissions and it said it granted me all of them
Can some one please help me because it has been like this for 1/2 a year now and i am sick of it.

ps. Their are no trojans, malware, spyware, viruses,or anything of that nature on this computer it has been scanned 2 times by norton 3 by mcafee, 2 by comodo, and 4 by avg and geuss what nothing came up on all of them as of this post.

Answer:makeing read only folders!

All of your files and folders are not read-only. The colored box you're seeing means indexing is enabled for that file/folder.

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I have a problem with Windows 7 showing folders (and other images) dim (and sometimes almost unreadable) after a abnormal shut down several days ago (power button to force the shutdown).
I have tried as many things as I could find to solve this problem with no improvement. Things tried include:
-Scanning by MalwareBytes, Norton 360, Spybot, Norton Bootable Recovery Disk, Norton Power Eraser
-Restoring an earlier System Image from a saved back up from November last year
-Reinstalling Windows 7 (inplace)
Nothing seems to solve this problem. I have also viewed file folders from another system on my network and the folders still show dim (and read only). They are not read only when I view them directly on the other system. So I strongly suspect that there is some issue with the Windows Registry which is not going away. I do have a Hijack This log but don't really know how to interpret the data.
Anyone know how to further trouble shoot this problem?
Thank you.

Answer:Windows 7 folders dim and marked as read only

I am not sure by what you mean dim... Is it set to hidden under properties? What folders are these? As the image is not clear on what you are pertaining to being dim.

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Hi all.
I have troubles with the read-only attribute of folders.

I create folders and they are read-only by default. When I uncheck the read-only attribute it appears to obay my command but further inspection aftewards reveals that nothing has really happened.

I am the owner, I give to myself full rights but I cannot gain control on this feature.

It's very frustrating as I cannot edit the files in these folders.

I checked the web and found some pruposed solutions like using the dos attrib command but... no luck.

I'd appreciate any suggestions.

Answer:cannot uncheck folders' read-only attribute

Hello Skylos,

Double check using the tutorial below to see if it may help. In Windows, folders cannot be set as read-only. Only the files in the folders can be.

If the box is blue , then it's a default neutral setting that is always displayed. For a folder, it means all files in the folder not to be set as read-only.

Read-only File and Folder Attribute
Did you also take ownership of and set your account "Full control" of the files in the folder?

Take Ownership of file

Hope this helps,

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I copied a folder from a USB flash drive to my hard disk. The program that I want to use to work with those files encounters an error & won't start. Looking at the file properties (in Windows Explorer), they are all marked read-only. When I try to clear the read-only checkbox, it seems to work, but exiting the properties dialog and then reopening the properties dialog shows it is still set.Poking around further, I found the read-only checkbox is set for the whole folder. Also for My Documents. Even for the folder C:\Users the read-only checkbox is set. When I tried to clear the checkbox & apply it to all files & subfolders, I came back to Properties to find it set again. How is this happening? What can I do to stop it?T

Answer:can't unset read-only property on folders

"Read only" does not apply to folders, it only applies to individual files.If you see a square block inside the "read only" option for a folder, it does not mean that folder is set to read-only. It's telling you that it doesn't apply to folders.That's why, when you tick "read-only" for a folder, it changes back to a square block the next time you look.I don't know why your files keep reverting to read-only, but in any case that won't stop those files from being accessed or opened. It only stops them being edited or changed.message edited by phil22

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I've searched through these forums and found that for some reason Windows XP has all the folders set to read only. I tried to change it via the suggestion on the microsoft help file, but it didn't work.

Here is what I need: I design/manage a website. The website folder is set to read-only, as well as all it's old subfolders. I can do everything I need to do with these settings, but I am trying to install a php calendar program, and because the folder is marked read-only, the install wizard won't begin because it doesn't pass the check.

Is there a way to make either the entire website folder or the calendar program folder NOT read-only? Please let me know exactly what I would need to type because trying to figure it out on my own did not work.

Answer:Read-only folders and major frustration

Did you follow instructions on editing the registry?

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Since I have upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, I noticed that all my folders' attributes are read only . Even if I create new folders, they are read only on creation. When I try to remove the read only attribute in the folder properties, it looks like it's removed, but when I check it again, it shows that it's read only. I tried other methods, like diskpart, and tried to take ownership of the folders, but so far I haven't found a solution.
Is there any way to fix this problem? I can create new files and modify existing files in the folders without any problem, but it's really annoying, for example Steam says it can't install games and updates, because the folder what I choose to install games is in read only mode, the only solution is to run it as an administrator. I need to run almost every program as an admin, to make them usable, or they report problems with read only folders. The OS itself is up to date.

Answer:All folders are read only, and it's causing problems

Read only is not your problem. If you read the properties it clearly tells you that read only applies to files only. The properties box will always show the same thing for folders concerning read only, a filled in a box (not a check mark.)

More likely your issue comes from the permissions that are set for the old system. You need to update those permissions for your new system.

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Hey everyone, Ok heres the vitals. I have a PC running Windows XP, Service Pack 2. The PC is a Dell Dimension DE051 with an Intel Celeron 2.53GHz and 512 megs of ram. Now I know i should be running at least a 1 gig but I'm poor so I'll handle the slowness. Now recently I was making some video and was attempting to create a new folder in MY VIDEOS located in MY DOCUMENTS to store the new video to keep everything all nice and tidy, but when I attempted to rename the folder to something different I recieved an access denied message. I then right-clicked and went into the properties on the folder and found it was checked as read only. So as anyone would I unchecked it and hit ok and attempted to rename my folder once more. Still to no avail with the access denied message greeting me. I remembered I had heard once that if folders are shared between computers that the folder is created as read only. Windows Media Player is set, on my pc, to share music, pictures, and movies with my XBOX 360. So I shut off the sharing aspect and attempted to rename again. Still the access denied message popped up. So now I'm stumpped and looking for some help. I am running a wireless network that had previously shared with another PC but I unshared it. I really hope someone can help me.

Answer:New files and Folders in My Documents are Read Only

What types of files are they? If avi's, explorer may be scanning them and that is why the access message.

You could try one of these to determine what app has locked the files:


(PS. I doubt very much that 1 GB of RAM would change anything at all. XP uses 512 optimally and after I installed 1 GB and monitored mem usage for a while, I removed the second 512 since it was never used.)

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Hi, wonder could someone help. I have setup a server for someone who has logonscripts to connect to their folders. Each student can save to their own folder okay. However, the tutor moved over their work from another server and now that work all comes up as read-only. All other work is fine in the folder. The read-only option for all the folders is ticked and greyed out and cannot be changed. Everyone has full control and over the folder and full rights, so i can't see why the new stuff is read-only.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Server 2003 read-only folders

Folders are always clicked readonly. No problem there. Google taking ownership of files. I suspect that is the issue.

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most of the files & folders on a machine running Xp pro have became read only,
if i try to change it through right click and properties it goes through the motions then after clicking apply and closing the properties window the files revert back to read only.
any ideas what could cause this?

Answer:files & folders locked read only

All folders in XP have the read only attribute checked.

This is actually normal.;en-us;326549

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I have an image of my the hard drive from my XP system on an external drive. I'd like to copy the entire file structure to the windows 7 hard drive, retaining the folder structure. Then I'd like to set all the folders, sub-folders, and files to read-only to protect myself from accidentally modifying or adding anything.

I am OWNER and the only user at this point. Will probably have one other user in the future whom I will want to also not have permission to modify these folders and files.

Can someone give me a link that will help me understand how to accomplish this?



Answer:set read-only permissions for folders and files

Do you have a IMAGE from your XP system made by a drive imaging program on that external or a direct copy of the drive/s in that XP system on the external, IE a Mirror Image.

If it is a direct COPY, MIRROR, of the XP system you can place that into a folder and then go to the security tab in the properties of that main folder and set permissions to not allow anything but List folder contents and Read for every user listed in Groups or user names.
But then you might lose your own rights to that folder.

What I suggest is to get a Drive imaging program, there are some FREE versions listed in the tutorials on this forum, create a image of that system, which will store all the data in one file, then you can't make any changes to it without first starting that imaging program and Mounting that image as a drive. And that way you will always have a backup (Snap Shot) of that system.

If you are using a direct copy you can't restore that system with it. There are things that need to be placed in specific areas of the hard drive, mainly the MBR, to allow any system to boot to the OS. Just copying all the folders, files and whatever back over to a hard drive does not put those things in the correct places.

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Hi all, I am new to Windows 7 and am having a problem with my setup.

My computer is used as a CAD station and connected to it is a 1 TB external (USB) drive with all my CAD files on it.

For some reason the folder that has all these files in it is set to read only (F:\NEW)

When I uncheck the box and click apply, everything seems to work though as soon as I click ok the folder reverts back to read only this is causing me a major problem as when using the CAD software (Solidworks) I cant save any changes made to exisiting files.

Has anyone got any ideas?



Answer:Changing read only settings on folders

Hi Craig ! Welcome to SF !

You may have a try ( may be you have tried it). Right click on the folder, select properties (at the bottom of the context menu) . You will get the folder properties window.

In the folder properties window, at the bottom there is attributes. Uncheck Read only, apply and then ok .

Read-only File and Folder Attribute

If it does not work, you may take ownership of the folder using . ( Unzip, double click install take ownership.reg to merge it with registry, right click on the target folder and click take ownership in the context menu. It will take a bit time depending the volume of the folder) .

Dont forget to post back what happened .

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Hi all!

I can't remove the "read-only" option from some folders which are on a DVD and I would like to copy to my hard disk. It seems this option prevents me from doing so.

Can anoyone help?


Answer:How to remove read-only option from folders on a DVD?

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Using a fresh custom install (using nLite) of XP Pro w/s sp2 slipstreamed, all the folders in 'C' and 'D' drive are 'read only' I tried to uncheck them, but it doesn't stick.
NO services were removed, but some were stopped as I always do. I assume this might be it, but I never encounterned this before.
I have used nLite many times with both 2k & XP, but this is a new one. Any ideas here?

BTW; nLite allows a combination of slipstreaming, stopping and/or removing services, adding hotfixes, programs & drivers along with burning the O/S using one program. (I also have asked the question in their forum before someone askes, but it isn't a nLite issue.)

Answer:All folders in both partitions 'read only' and can't be unchecked

I have seen so many threads on several forums of people having weird issues after using nLite. On top of that, you shouldn't have any need to disable any services on XP SP2, but I'm not going to dig into that in here. There's a good sticky that covers this old topic. I would immediately start re-enabling the services to see if that caused the problem.

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I've had this read-only problem before but this is different.

Usually turning off the UAC does the trick

This time I added Phtoshop Lightroom to my system. For a couple days everything was working fine.

For some reason today when I went to use it an error screen appeared saying it couldn't use catalogs that were in folders that are read-only.

Since then I've tried everything under the sun to get them to not be read only but nothing works.

The frustrating thing is that people keep saying that it doesn't matter that the folder is read-only because the files are not read only. This is true but as long as Lightroom thinks it is it won't load.

What do I do? Why would this happen suddenly? Do I change the folders? If it's a problem with LR how do I get around it. It just won't load without a catalog, and all of my folders are the same (read only).

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Software won't accept folders because they are read-only

Hello Daniel,

Welcome to the Vista Forums.

Have you checked to see if you have proper permissions to make changes to the folder. Sounds like somehow, I haven't a clue how, the folder/s may have gotten there permissions changed. If you want to check right click the folder/properties/security tab. What I would do is to try taking ownership of the file first. Info here if needed: Context Menu - Take Ownership

Hope this helps,

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Already took ownership of the entire directory tree, read-only property still comes back and i can't change anything inside

Answer:Can't remove read-only property from folders

What folder are you trying to change and why? Only 21 similes?

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Hello >

my system is hidden my folders and i can't show it now because it hidden by operating system.

how do i show it ??

help me please

Answer:How I change attributes of my folders to read only ?

Hi, welcome to SevenForums!

Read-only File and Folder Attribute

Open windows explorer
Click Organize > Folder and search options
Go to the View tab on the top
Under 'Hidden files and folders' click 'Show hidden files...'
Now click ok

If your files are still hidden you can go back to the same View tab and uncheck Hide protected operating system files

Please reply if you have managed to view your files.

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I know OE6 can read the Yahoo Inbox, but is therre a way to have OE6 read Yahoo mail folders in addition to Inbox?

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Hello i have a problem here..

i am trying to remove the Read only property of a folder so the things in there can start writing its settings to it..
but the problem is

it just wont allow it..

i remove the setting from the folder

and when i check it again (the second after)

the damn Read only setting is on again -.-

using a Dell computer
WinXP home edition SP3
using: Avira antiVir free
Zone alarm firewall free
Spybot search & destroy (including tea timer)

and as scan on demand i use:
SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition
MBAM (Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware)

and as added on protection i use
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

and as a side note.
don't be afraid to have complicated guides
or dangerous ones either (like Reg editing)
since i am a bit of a geek and not afraid to bleep up my comp XD
oh and sorry if its a bit messy
first time posting a problem here and wanted it to be structured (but might just be a mess :S XD)

This is for game settings not saving...

oh and if does matter the folder is under My Documents

EDIT: i now see its only on the folders itself so all files can be edited but it cannot make a file in the folder... ( sorry if you don't understand i have never been good at explination )

Answer:Cannot change the Read only properties of my folders

You could try saving it under "Save As" and rename it with a 2 added after the File Name?

Then I think you should be able to do as you like to it? Even then overwrite the Original File later?

Edit. Just be careful that it is not a Protected Folder in Windows or in some Programs, or you can do some Damage to the System. Obviously Back up any Files before you even think about it!

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My previous computer crashed from a critical system failure in Windows XP home which would make the computer reboot when a user profile was selected. It would boot up okay up to the welcome screen where you select a user profile, then after trying to load that profile it would reboot the computer. (No, this post isn't asking for help with WindowsXP.)

Well, that computer was already getting old, so I took this chance to get a new computer, a new eMachine T3656 with Windows Vista Home Basic (SP1). So far everything is going fine with this new computer and with Vista.

My question is, would it be possible to remove the hard-drive from the previous computer (the one with WinXP) and install that hard-drive into the new computer (with Vista) to retrieve files from the XP computer?

Would Windows Vista be able to access the folders from a WindowsXP computer?

Would the fact that that WindowsXP wasn't able to boot up to desktop prevent the Windows Vista computer from just accessing the user folders to retrieve my pictures, music files, documents, etc.?

Answer:Can Vista read XP files/folders from second hdd?

Yes vista should read the files you are after
You have two options, one is putting it in an external drive enclosure or as you said installing it.
If it is an IDE drive and you are installing it make sure you set the jumpers on the drive correctly.

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Ok here's the deal - at some point, all of the folders on both of my hdds have become read-only. Even if I uncheck the read-only box in the properties window, it will automatically revert back to being read-only. After searching the forum here, I can see some other people have experianced similair 'problems' and apparantly its a Windows default and supposedly shouldn't affect programs. For the most part, this is true. Most of my programs run perfectly fine, I can read/write to both drives without a hitch. The problems set in more with high performance games. If I run games such as Star Wars Empire At War, Half Life 2 and a few others with their game folders still on read-only the performance can be dire. Of course, changing them from read only just before running them sorts the issue, but as soon as i close the game, it reverts back. Basically I have to return them to non read-only mode EVERY TIME i run them, which is really irritating. Since the only game to have a console that I can see issues in is HL2, I opened it up and sure enough it is being unable to write to files because they are 'read-only'. I can only assume that this is the issue in the other games as turning off read only greatly increases performance. I would love a fix for this so I dont have to scour through program files every time I run a game, so any help would be appreciated.

Also, the hdds are FAT32. I know it behaves differently to NTFS in these matters.


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ALL my computer's folders are set as read-only as well as many of the files.i cannot change any of these from "read only" i use windows xp professional.i am the administrator. i have not changed any settings etc. i've restarted the computer several times. tried to "take ownership" of several folders. i'm the only user on this computer. i don't understand why this has even happened let alone what to do please help!

Answer:All folders & files changed to read-only

What about trying it in Safe Mode? (F8 before Windows starts to load)Also you might want to run a full updated Antivirus scanI'd also suggest downloading Free Malwarebytes and running a full updated scan (removing all found Malwares at the end of the scan)

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I've got XP on 2 of my 3 machines here. Whenever I open Microsoft Office (Office 2000 on all) documents off of an XP shared resource, it comes up as read only. I've right clicked on the folder containing the documents, and unchecked the read-only option which was checked. I applied it to all files and subfolders as well. After I hit apply, and OK -- it goes right back to read only when I open the properties again. The folder is on the desktop. Help!

Answer:Read Only Issues in XP Shared Folders

Are you the administrator for the computer. In other words do you have administrative rights. If you don't have admin rights you will get an error like you are describing.

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Having a bit of trouble with my folders at the moment - I can't uncheck the read-only tab from any of my folders which means that some of my software isn't working the way it should (Netscape for example). Is there anything I can do?And I'm running in Administrator mode on Windows XP Home Edition. Many thanks,Rikardos

Answer:Cannot change read-only attributes in folders!

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When I copy or move files or folders the copy will not open usually displaying access denied. the read only box is ticked & greyed on all the folders on my pc, this I cannot change. I am using XP SP3

Answer:grey & ticked read only box in folders

Are you an administrator on the computer? You may not have permission to change those options. If you are administrator you may not have ownership of the file/folder.

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Even with full permission I can't change them to read/write

Answer:Why are all new folders reated as read only and how do I change it?

Originally Posted by Windows Central Question Even with full permission I can't change them to read/write this is on what OS and device?
Try running this: SFC Scan:
If you need additional help or have more questions or details to share, please join the site so you can reply in this thread. See this link for instructions on how to join Windows Central.

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Following a motherboard change this morning all my folders are now read-only causing problems with some programmes. If I go to the properties for a folder and uncheck read-only box including sub-folders and files it appears to work but next time I look the box is checked again. How can fix this, please?

Answer:Folders read-only after motherboard change...

Have you ended up with a new or temporary username after the motherboard swap. Check your C:\users folder and see if it looks correct.

Did your W10 re-activate after this hardware change? Usually activation of W10 after a MB change can be tricky unless you are using a Microsoft account which associates your digital activation with your MS account.

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I've had this problem for a while now. I'm using Windows 7.
Most of the locations on my computer are set to read only. If I try to save something it usually doesn't work, unless I save it to my desktop, open the location I want to save it to in windows explorer, and move it there, at which point it will tell me that I need administrator permission to move the file there, and I have to click "allow." This affects a lot of my programs in various ways. Chrome stopped recording my internet history, (I assume because it can't save the history to whatever location it goes to), I can't use LifeFrame to record video or take pictures or anything like that, (again, I assume because the folder it saves to is in read only mode), and a lot of other stupid things.

If I right click and go to "Properties" and uncheck read only mode and then click ok, it doesn't work. If I go to properties again I can see that it hasn't changed.
I looked on the internet somewhere and it said to use the command prompt to do something like "-r +s c:\blah\blah\etc." I played around with that and it was also unhelpful. When I ran the command prompt normally, it told me that access was denied, and when I right-clicked and ran as administrator, it didn't give me an error message of any kind, but it still failed to change the folder from read only mode.

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Answer:Can't remove read only attribute from folders

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Hello Staff and Users of Vista Forums,
Recently, less than a week ago, I lost the control to rename or move my
folders. As you can presume, this problem is very tedious. I have looked
around the topics here on Vista Forums and have not been able to solve
the problem. I have taken ownership of my folders and that hasn't
changed the situation as suggested. When I do attempt to rename or move
my folders, I receive no message, and the file stays where it was, how
it was. This only happens with my folders, my files show no resistence
to being moved or renamed as I see fit.
I am running Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 1 and have owned
the computer for around one and a half years. Vista was pre-installed.
Thank you for your attention and thanks in advance for your help.
Mush Man

Answer:Renamed Folders Revert to Previous Names, Cannot Move Folders - FOLDERS ONLY

Mush Man;838106 Wrote:
> Hello Staff and Users of Vista Forums,
> Recently, less than a week ago, I lost the control to rename or move my
> folders. As you can presume, this problem is very tedious. I have looked
> around the topics here on Vista Forums and have not been able to solve
> the problem. I have taken ownership of my folders and that hasn't
> changed the situation as suggested. When I do attempt to rename or move
> my folders, I receive no message, and the file stays where it was, how
> it was. This only happens with my folders, my files show no resistence
> to being moved or renamed as I see fit.
> I am running Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 1 and have owned
> the computer for around one and a half years. Vista was pre-installed.
> Thank you for your attention and thanks in advance for your help.
Hello Mush Man, and welcome to Vista Forums.
This tutorial may be able to help.
Hope this helps,
*There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask
*Please post feedback to help others.*

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hey, my computer generally reads disks, music cd's, dvd's, and games (new like sims 3, and old like theme hospital and shogun total war)

ive just got anno 2070 and put in the disk, but its not recognizing it at all, when i first put the disk in, it whirs, as it knows there is a disk there, and a disk icon appears next to the cursor, but then nothing, no disk appears in My computer, and when i click on the drive it asks me to insert a disk, i have tested the disk on a different computer running vista, anno 2070 runs perfectly, and also says it does run on windows 7, i have also tested other disks since putting the game into the windows 7 computer, which work fine, and checked whether the disk can be read in a virtual machine (windows xp in this case), which it cant as i expected, i have run the Microsoft disk checker and all it said was that the disk was unreadable, but the vista computer proves it is readable.

any tips on what to do next? i really want to get playing this

Answer:dvd drive wont read specific disk, will read on other vista computer

I would think that your optical drive and that particular brand DVD media don't go together well. ( I have an Imation DVD+R DL that my Samsung drive only reads at times but not most of the time. On four other drives - a Sony, a Liteon, an Asus and a Plextor - the media is recognised and accessible without any problems. The Samsung drive is clean, has the latest firmware, can read and write other DVD media. So where am I? )

You may just try cleaning the lense with a Lense Cleaner CD. If it does not help, try burning anno 2070 to another known-to-be-good brand media at a lower speed.

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I have a dell laptop, D620. When i first put it on the screen was loading funny. as i move the mouse over it a square at time would come in...then when i tried to boot it again. it said new user.. then it just woulnt boot got read error hit control alt delete...i called Dell they said hold fn key and hold start but it went into diagnostic mode. in a few minutes they said HARD DRIVE must be replaced.

My problem is now... that to recover the data companies want from $500 to 25oo to recover the data... is there any program or thing i can do to try to get my files back?

Marv Alpert
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Answer:Hard Drive canNOT Be Read, Computer won't boot. Read Error

Hi malpert and welcome to the TechSpot Forum :wave:

As a laptop only has the ability to support 1 harddrive your option is to remove the drive from the laptop and connect it to a desktop PC using a 2.5" to 3.5" adaptor and try to read the files on it, however I would download the test tools from the makers website and run a thorough test on the drive to ensure readability of the drive.

Remember though if the drive has failed mechanically then any data may be lost and you will need to use one of the professional data recovery services such as "ontrack data recovery" to get it back.

Backup, backup and backup is the mantra when it comes to important data...

Dont put your mailing address on a forum like this by the way you will end up getting spammed to hell.

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Hey there...ok...I have some files that are saved from the Macs at school...when I take them home to my PC (Win) they don't have the extensions on them...when I originally save something from Windows and take it to a Mac and modify and save it then take it back to my PC it still has the extension and keeps it since it was added by Windows...

So I am wondering there a program for Windows that recognizes Mac files and andds the extensions back??? I hate when I start work on some things at school and have to add the extensions to all the stuff I created when I take it back guess is the Macs store the extensions or what the file opens up with or whatever in their "._(filename)" files...that's annoying too...for every file you have another is created with a "._"...

Any help on this??? THANX

Answer:Files saved from Macs don't have ext.'s when read on Win. Need sftwre 2 read & convrt

I've never had that problem. If you save it as a "xxx" type document it doesn't matter if you have the software that created it on both Mac and PC (or software that can read the format) so I don't know how/what is going on with your situation.

BTW my experience is with using Word (forgot which version but it's on OS X) on a Mac and OpenOffice on my PC.

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I tried unchecking read only.
When apply and look it is back to read only.

How can I make this read and write permission?

Answer:public tv folder read only? mythtv needs read write persmissions

You can do this by going into the C:>Users>Public folder properties, click the Sharing tab then click on the Advanced Sharing button showing in the first picture.

Click the box to share the folder like in the second picture, at that point the Permissions button will light up.

Click the permissions button, Add check marks for full control "third picture" then hit the Apply button, on all windows click Ok etc.

At this point the Public folder and it's subfolder will have read/write access.

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Whenever I boot up my VAIO (VGN-SZ750N) laptop an all-blue screen appears only momentarily, so that there's no time to read any of what is clearly a very wordy warning in white typescript that fills the whole screen. How can I stop this long enough to read it and take whatever action it recommends?

then, something happens that may be related to this . . .

soon afterward, a boxed message appears saying: "System has recovered from a serious error . . . " Clicking on this results in a huge number of figures that would challenge anybody who attempted to write them down.

Answer:How to read warning that appears and disappears too fast to read on startup

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My dvd drive in my Emachines laptop cant read data disks anymore, but it can read/play music and video dvds without any problem.

I have an Emachines D732z. I have Windows XP and drive is hl-dt-st dvdram gt32n.

I'm unsure of the cause of the problem. Can anybody help out? thanks!

Answer:DVD drive can read video dvds but cant read data disks.

Are the Data discs CD's? When you say Musicand video dvd's do you mean Music Cds and Video dvds?

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Here is a link to the EULA for Vista. Pay special attention to section 6. Look what windows defender can do!

Answer:Vista Eula Link Must Read!!! Read About What Windows Defender Will Do To You!

Nice. I had scrutinized it hard enough already with a steel hat, so I'm still safe.

Hehe, Veesta is a beast! Most corps, even NIST, MIT, UDoD and ASUS as the largest MB MFG detests it. Not fit for mass consumption eh.

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I was using the Window 7 RC but now I must go back to XP because of the RC bihourly shutdowns. Buying Win 7 is not an option right now for me, I am too poor, but thank you for the chance to try Win 7, I enjoyed it.

PROBLEM: When i try to install Windows XP from my original XP Home Disk, I get the error 'Setup could not read cd or cd is not a valid windows cd'. Well I know the disk drive is working because I tested it. I know the disk is valid because this is the original XP disk (I have all the paperwork etc)

Now I am not a computer wiz but I know the basics. I have searched for a few hours and tried to resolve the problem but can not.

What can I do now? I need to get XP back on here because instant shut downs every 2 hrs is messing things up for me.

Any help is appreciated, or possible solutions.

Answer:Windows 7 RC back to XP: 'can not read cd'

Check for smudges you can wash or wipe off of the CD.

Are you trying to boot the CD? Is it the CD for XP which came installed with that computer, or a retail copy you bought separately? Has it been installed on that computer before from that CD?

When you installed Win7, did it create a windows.old folder in the root of the C drive? If so, you can roll back to XP using that.

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Hi everyone,

Here's the short story...

I need to find out the password my brother put on my laptop.

Here's the long story...

I was working on an important project for school this morning. I took a five minute break and then I was going back to my room. Then, I see my brother coming out of my room. I knew this was bad news. He had restarted my pc and it was on the log on screen. I saw HIS name on there. I thought he was trying to be funny, so I put in my password, and it DIDN'T work. JOHNNY!!! I tried it again and it didn't work.

Does anybody know how to get my OWN computer back???

I would greatly appreciate it. I was hoping someone would know of a way without using a 3rd party tool. Is there another way (F(number), keyboard hack, etc.)?

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Answer:How to get back my OWN computer! PLEASE READ!!!

Hello please read the TSG rules....

Passwords - Please do not ask for assistance with forgotten passwords and/or bypassing them. As there is no way to verify the actual situation and/or intentions, no assistance will be provided and any such threads will be closed.

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Hi All.I have had my computer formatted. and I did a back up of all"My Documents" onto a dvd.When trying to put all the files back onto the hard drive I have some files copying OK and others that will not.I have tried to untick the READ ONLY box but get an errror occured applying attributes to the file:H:\Word Docs\ xxx.docAccess DeniedI have tried to copy to another folder but get the messageCannot copy xxx;Cannot read from source file or disc.I am using windows XP both before formatting and after. The only change Is that I have gone back to Office 2000 instead of Office 2003Cheers,Flobby

Answer:Back up files are read only

It always changes them when you backup to CD or DVD. to change them back all at one go in a folder, click folder so you see contents on the right click top or bottom file so it selects it, then press and hold shift key and right click file at opposite end top or bottom of list choose properties remove the tick for read only press OK this should change them all at once

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I have about 1.2 Gb of data in various folders which I need to back up regularly, so I back up to CD-RW using Nero 5.5. However, I dread ever having to recover the data as the Read-only attribute of all the files, and there are hundreds of them, are set on by this back up process and would have to be set off after recovery before the files could be used.I have read in several places that, while backing up to CD-R sets the Read-only attribute on, backing up to CD-RW does NOT set it on. If only this would work for me, I would have a satisfactory back up policy.Does anyone out there know how I can prevent the Read-only attribute being set on when writing to CD-RW? If not, does anyone know how I can do a bulk reset once the files have been recovered to hard disk? I would, of course, prefer prevention to cure. My pc runs under Windows ME.

Answer:Back up to CD-RW: Read-only attribute

Read Only applies to CDRW as well.Next time you back up, put all the folders and files into one big folder.To restore, copy folder back to computer, right click folder, select Properties, and untick "Read-Only". Then you'll receive a prompt. Select apply changes to all subfolders and files, and click OK.Then move the individual files/folders to their proper places.

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I recently had a serious issue with my computer which turned out to be a software problem and meant I had to re-format my hard disc and reinstall windows. But stupidly I had not done a back-up for weeks, however the Dell engineer who was helping me managed to load a trimmed down version of Windows sufficient to get at all my lost data, and gave me a day to back-up, which I did to an external 250gig hard drive using the program WinBackup. All was fine at this point as I checked and looked at the backed up files the morning the reinstall was done. It was different engineer who assisted me with the reinstall. I may be wrong here, but she did not tell me to unplug the drive before we did the deed with my main C driveand later that day when I went to reinstate all may data it was found it had all gone, indeed the machine would even read the external drive.

To cut a very long story short the original engineer managed to save the lost data using a program called PC Inspector File Recovery and copy it back onto my PC, it took over eight hours (it is large, over 18GB). However, whist all the files look fine, match the original have the correct extension (WB2 file) and I am able to look at the properties etc the WinBackup will not open them, the egg timer just sits on screen (I have left it for an hour before now).

The engineer loaded every version of the WinBackup he could find on the net (he ran my computer remotely) and tried many other ideas. However after 2 hours of... Read more

Answer:Can't Read My Back-Up Files - Help!

Hi Spidertheminder and welcome to TSF !

The problem here is probably that the recovered files were not perfectly recovered. I had to recover some audio files not long ago. All files appeared to be allright after the recovery but I only noticed later than 4 or 5 files supposed to be different had become the same song. Not sure how it happened but that shows that some data can be lost in the process.

If it's not too late, refrain from using the 250GB drive and your older system drive at all. You must make sure no data gets written over your old data. Actually the data is still on the drive as long as nothing writes over the place where it was stored. You can't access it because the corresponding file table saying where a given file starts and ends has been deleted or replaced by a new one.

Try other recovery tools on the drives. Make sure they won't write anything on the drive and that whichever data you may recover will be saved on another drive. If you use some recovery tools on your old system drive you may be able to recover some of your data in its original state provided nothing overwrote it. Again, the more you use the drive, the more data you lose.

The best way to recover data from a hard drive is to use another desktop computer and hook the drive you want to recover the data from in it. Before you hook the drive you need to install the recovery program then prevent all other programs that could write some data on the drive from running : disconnect from t... Read more

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I had downloaded Windows 7 but when I took my computer to Staples, they suggested XP because of the age of my computer and its motherboard. After having XP installed, I have received 2 different JPG files and get an error that they can't be opened or viewed. How do I download a free file to be able to use JPG files?

jpg could not be opened, because the associated helper application does not exist. Change the association in your preferences.

Answer:can't read jpg after going back from Windows 7 to XP

In XP by default .jpg are opened by the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. You can also open them with the included Paint application.

Any photo editing or organizing application can open them. I used to use IrfanView, but then decided that the above two Windows-included applications were all I needed.

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I would be grateful for anyone's help in what is a tricky situation.

I have a back-up DVD ( I need to get some files off, since my laptop was stolen. It's the last back-up I did and appeared to be working when I checked it after writing. However, Windows now refuses to load it (have tried XP, Vista, 7).

The general symptoms are as follows (does this in the variety of laptops that I've tried):
Windows recognises DVD in drive. Drive spins and whirs more than usual, stopping and starting.
Opens AutoPlay options but says 'Searching for content'.
Keeps going... never stops!
So I click 'Open folder'...
Spinning wheel spins.... apparently forever! Explorer window stays blank, eventually brings up some column headers and the green bar appears...never reaches the end. Does not actually crash. The window can be closed no problem and task manager shows it is still running. Disk still spinning...

Unusual aspects
Media Player can sometimes read the disk and lets me see details of media files on there (i.e. pictures). Other times it says 'This disk is empty'.
Tried it on a Mac... actually sort of works, but v. slowly, and some files appear to be corrupted.

So I know the data's on there... how do I get it off? Any suggestions anyone?
Is Linux worth trying? (I think I have a Puppy Linux disk somewhere...)

Many thanks

Answer:Cannot read DVD+R (back-up) disk - but MP can sometimes!

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I am desperately needing help. I have a desktop PC that I built (ASUS motherboard, Intel i3 (first generation), Nvidia graphics card, 500 GB WD HD. It ran Windows 7 Pro. I upgraded to Windows 10 last week. Since then all the options in several of my programs (SpeedCommander, qBittorrent, MS Office 2010, Firefox, etc.) keep resetting every time I rebooted the computer. I tried to uninstall the programs, so I can reinstall them, but Windows 10 won't let me uninstall the programs. I tried to overwrite the programs by installing over them, but they failed also. Firefox is a Portable program, so I tried to delete it, but I couldn't delete it either. I checked the properties and found that the folders were somehow set to "Read Only". I unchecked the "Read Only" and applied to all the subfolders and they went through successfully. I tried to delete Portable Firefox again, but it failed again. I tried to uninstall qBittorrent and it also failed again. I checked the properties again and all the folders were again "Read Only". I set the options for Word 2010 the way I want it, then unchecked the "Read Only" and applied again. Then I rebooted the computer in hope that everything will be fixed. Once the computer was fully up, I checked the options for Word 2010 and I lost all the options I set again. I checked all the folders and they were back to "Read Only". I tried everything I can think of and I consider myself as kno... Read more

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Hi All,

I connected my external hard disk drive to LG LED TV, after then connected to laptop(Win 7),
showing some of the file size as 0 bytes, so please kindly help me how to recover those folder.

Thanks in advance.


Answer:External Hard Disk not able to read some folders

I would imagine that the TV formatted the drive to its own format so it could use it to store programs.
You need to find out what format that was and install the correct drivers in your PC.

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