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After XP to Windows 7 upgrade folder stuck in Read Only state.
Upgraded from XP Home to Win 7 Home Premium. Many folders are stuck in Read Only state. I have attempted the obvious: right click folder, uncheck Read Only and apply to all files/subfolders. Also have gone into Security and have given all users and groups
Full Control to folder and all subfolders. Yet still remains in Read Only state. Only one user has been setup on computer and this user has full Administrative privileges.
Unlike the Read-only attribute for a file, the Read-only attribute for a folder is typically ignored by Windows, Windows components and accessories, and other programs. For example, you can delete, rename, and change a folder with the Read-only attribute
by using Windows Explorer. The Read-only and System attributes is only used by Windows Explorer to determine whether the folder is a special folder, such as a system folder that has its view customized by Windows (for example, My Documents, Favorites, Fonts,
Downloaded Program Files), or a folder that you customized by using the Customize tab of the folder's Properties dialog box. As a result, Windows Explorer does not allow you to view or change the Read-only or System attributes of folders.
To work around this problem, use the Attrib command at a command prompt (Cmd.exe) to view or to remove the Read-only or the System attributes of folders.
1.Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then press ENTER.
If the Run command is not listed on the Start menu, do the following:
Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, and then click Run.
2.To view the syntax for the Attrib command, type attrib /? at the command prompt.
3.To remove the Read-only attribute and to set the System attribute, use the following command:
attrib -r +s drive:\<path>\<foldername>
For example, to remove the Read-only attribute and to set the System attribute for the C:\Test folder, use the following command:
attrib -r +s c:\test
4.Be aware that some programs may not operate correctly with folders for which the System attribute and the Read-only attribute are set. Therefore, use the following command to remove these attributes:
attrib -r -s drive:\<path>\<foldername>
For example, to remove both the Read-only and the System attributes from the C:\Test folder, use the following command:
Thank you for the reply. I have proceeded as you instructed but unfortunately it has not resolved the problem. When I use the attrib command (attrib c:\kiosk -r /s) after some time it comes back with the message "File not found - C:\kiosk". If I try
to do an individual file (attrib -r swipe.txt) I get the message "Access denied - C:\kiosk\swipe.txt".
Again there is only one user and rights are set to Administrative. Please let me know if you have any other ideas. Thank you.
I have Windows 7 64 bit that I ran a clean install on. Actually I'm dual booting with Windows XP. I was able to save files with no problem for the first week. Now all of a sudden I can't, and the reason is because of the read-only check box, and this
is a serious issue. I shouldn't have to do that above fix for every single folder I want to save files to, but every single folder has this problem. I can't even save things to my desktop anymore because it is saying that the desktop folder is read-only.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I am also having this problem. Windows 7 Professional 32bit, a single user set as administrator. Every folder is set to read only, unchecking it does no good. Unchecking it on individual files does no good. I created a new user, and set that user as
an administrator. I can not remove read only attribute. Has anyone found an answer to this yet?
i have fixed a lot of PCs and problems on them for friends, this is a problem i can't seem to solve, my external HDD has this problem aswell as the PC of my GF aswell as a laptop of a friend of mine, i have tried to change it as an administrator, in the
command menu, even with 3 diffrent types of windows (XP pro, vista 32-bit premium, 7 64-bit ultimate)
only thing i know is that this problem spreads if you move a file with the problem into another folder, so to ppl who didn't know this yet (though i doubt no1 else noticed it) stop moving the files wich have the bug or whatever it is, and i'll just hope we
get an answer soon, this really needs to be fixed soon
Have the same problem. Upgraded to 7 from Vista. Seems most prevalent when trying to save something to root of C. Taking ownership, giving yourself full control on C, removing read-only through DOS doesn't work.
I have the same problem with the read only on all my folders even new ones that i create. This issue needs to be fixed soon, I have tried the attrib -r +s c:\filepath\folder command with several test folders in several locations and have yet to change
anything on any of them. I have even tried the attrib -r -s command as well with the same result... Someone come up with a solution asap please.