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Posted on 2004-08-30
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I went from NT4.0 to windows server 2003 enterprise edition. Everything went well except the files transferred from NT to 2003 have read only attributes. I changed the attributes in 2003 but when I check the properties of the file again it reverts back to read only. Any ideas? Thanks.
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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Hello sergenet =)

You Cannot View or Change the Read-Only or System Attribute of Folders
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=326549
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by:Paul S
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how are you changing the properties?

when i want to change a lot of files and folders to read-only i will right click on the root folder of all the files i want to change and select search. in the search for box type "*.*" then click search. after all the files show up click on the first one, then hold down shift and push end. this will select all the files. then right click on a file goto properties uncheck read-only and click apply then ok. see if that works. (try this two ways: 1) with folders included 2)without folders included.)
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rhandels earned 250 total points
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Hi,

To me it looks like a permissions problem. Maybe you don't have proper permissions on the files. You could try taking ownership of the files and then change the read only attribute (make sure to have full control)

Another option (if all else fails) is going to the old Dos box and using the attrib option. Go to the folder using the dos propmt and type in

attrib -r /s

Attrib is the program that's used to change file attributes. -r makes sure that the read only attribute is deleted and /s makes sure that all subfolders are changed...
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by:sergenet
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None of the above.  The security settings from NT was being inherited. Unchecking that was the solution. Thanks for trying.
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by:sergenet
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Please close this question as it has been solved. It was a security issue that none of the answers solved.
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