Folders becoming Read-Only

It seems all my folders on my computer are set to read-only, and when I do reset them to be not read-only, they go back to being read-only?  It happens even when I create a new folder.... Anybody know why this is happening?  Running Windows XP!

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arunykandAsked:
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shaszardCommented:
What type of system is it?
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shaszardCommented:
Blah nevermind... Yes i've heard of something like that.  Are they actually read only, or just flagged as such?  Try saving over one of them and see what happens.
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shaszardCommented:
Lets see if I can get this straight.  When you look at your folder properties it has a greyed out check mark.  What that means is that it hasn't been changed "RIGHT NOW".  If you select it, it will alternate between a Full Check, No Check, or Grey Check.

Basically the tick doesn't mean squat when indicated by a greyed out tick box on a folder.  Only the files themselves can be marked read only.

Right click one of the files within it and see if that is indicated as read only.  If it is, go to the level that you want to make it not read only and remove the tick, then navigate back to the file and check it again, it SHOULD be normal then.

Again, don't believe the tickbox on a folder, it doesn't mean a helluva lot.
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
See if this helps you any.
You Cannot View or Change the Read-Only or System Attribute of Folders
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;326549
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Be sure to read the cautions included there for System Folders, since it can change behaviors and you may lose some valuable customizations.
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shaszardCommented:
What Astaec said, but that primarily relates to system folders.
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Although the changing of attributes to non-system folders via command prompt may be a workaround if the standard process doesn't help.  The link does provide step-by-step info that 'could' be of help to arunykand, so listening further.  ":0) Asta
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arunykandAuthor Commented:
Yah, it's funny, only the folder is read-only, but the files in the folders behave properly (i.e, can toggle between read-only).....I have only seen this symptom on my computer, not at work or anywhere else....So I guess it really dosen't matter if the folder is read-only or not....Anyone know why it defaults the folders to read-only?


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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Helps to know which folder.  For example, if you've created the folder from a protected disk (CD or DVD); it inherits the read only property.  If your system is configured such that all subfolders inherit the read only attribute, that could do it.  Really would need to know more detail to help further.  What is the folder? Is it something at a user level?  Is it a folder on a system with multiple users and requires login access or limited user account set up, etc.?  Lots of possibilities as to why.  Perhaps there's a file within it that caused the read-only to flow to the folder.
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shaszardCommented:
They aren't actually read only.  Double check your work pc's if they are XP.  This is a new behaviour specific to XP that doesn't allow you to read only a folder.  By selecting read only you simply set that flag for everything below that point of the directory structure.
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arunykandAuthor Commented:
Every folder on my C Drive, has the read-only flag set, and like I said before, if I uncheck it, set it, go back and look, it's back to read-only....I'm not really having a problem with anything, but it's just been annyoing me, since I can't find out why it's happening, that's all
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shaszardCommented:
Seriously, it's not read only.

That tick box is simply a flag to either set or unset the attributes of the files within the folders below that level.

By ticking it you specify that ALL files under this point of the tree should be read only.  By unticking it you specify that they shouldn't.

Everytime you change this and apply it, the default will reset to grey tick so you can then check it again.
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Default Permissions for Shared Folders Is Read-Only Access for Everyone
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;328065
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marymmccCommented:
Try File Alyzer. It can change file attributes. Safe, from the makers of Spybot.
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/
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