Window XP Problem

All my folders are marked as read only, i've un marked them and hit apply but the next time i check they are read only again. its really wierd.

has anybody else come across this? anyone know how to fix it?

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This usually happens when the drive is NTFS format. Unless its causing you some specific grief I wouldnt worry about it too much. The read only is an attribute more than a permission issue. You could check to see if there are any security constraints on your C (or whatever your windows install drive is) drive as it may be some action that security software has carried out unknowingly by it being installed.

But if its not causing any problems then leave it be! Cheers.

Original Poster

i think it is causing me problems as windows explorer is always crashing

Original Poster

any more suggestions?

look in explorer and choose folders, right click, then choose properties for the folders question. untick "read only" and restart PC

Original Poster

each time i uncheck read only, it goes through the motions of applying the correct permissions to all the folders within the folder. but then as soon as you clcik okay all the folders are readonly again.

Is it a light gray check or a dark black check in the read only box? Which folder are you talking about?

Original Poster

light gray/green box in side the check box. its all my folders

Read only has no real meaning in Windows for folders. It can be neither set or unset via Explorer. If you check / uncheck the box for a folder and there's files within then those files will have their attributes changed unless you tell it otherwise.

If you create a new folder it'll show the same, grey "mixed state" checkbox.

Original Poster

so you thik the crashing issue is something else

guerilla;3327360

so you thik the crashing issue is something else



definitely.

Original Poster

looks like a reinstall is the quickest fix then
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