Read-Only Green Square


For Windows XP, there is a green square next to "Read-Only" for a folder in its Properties.  Even after unchecking it and applying changes, it still remains as green ("with the green square").

How do I get this green square to not be green and therefore make sure that all of the files and folders within are also not read-only?



Despite everything your real world experience tells you, the fact of the matter is that the "Read Only" box of a Properties window for a folder in Windows XP has absolutely nothing to do with "Read Only".  It actually designates a customized folder.  A very good explanation from Microsoft is in the following 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"
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If you are really having problems writing this folder, try asking your question again with more details.




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Last updated April 7, 2020 Views 1,058 Applies to: