set read only permissions on windows 2000 file system

Hi all
How do i set read only permisions to a windows 2000 folder, subfolder and objects only,
i want to the users execute the files pdf at most but i do not want to copy the files to another location and i do not want users to delete files and do not create more folders,
i try several options but fail
tahk you a lot
ErnestoAsked:
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cripplecaptainCommented:
What have you tried so far? Have you tried using cacls.exe from command prompt?
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dsexton18Commented:
I have a feeling that can’t be done.  I know the below post is for server 2008 but maybe you might be able to adapt to your scenario
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