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"read only" problem



Having recently reformatted my hard drive, reinstalled XP & copied across my backed-up files, settings, drivers etc. I have found that all my folders are "read only". If I uncheck the boxes & apply the changes, it appears to make the changes but when I go back to properties, I find that it is back to "read only". Any suggestions?


I've noticed this also, all my folders say they are read-only, but I can still read and write to them as normal, is this the case with you, or are your folders actually read-only and will not let you write at all?


the only thing that worked for me is the rd command (remove directory) from the cmd prompt.it is the only way i found to delete
directories.(all of my directories are set to read-only without being
able to change the attributes)
is it a registry problem?


that doesn't remove the read-only attrib i have on all my folders.
the files inside the folders are deletable but not the folder itself.


Real Name No Gimmicks
I think the switch /d makes attrib clear/set an attribute on directories as well.

go in command (run box-> CMD) and type attrib /? for help.

Im not sure bout the switch coz apparently NT4 doesn't have it...


Real Name No Gimmicks
I don't think so...

the box can be checked and kind of grey-ish. That only means that some of the underlying folders/files are read only.

You can double check with attrib
True......but on folders that would not normally be set to read only $MS explaination for this is a bug showing that it is set to read only when it isn't. Just try to keep that box cleared........bet you can't do it!

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