Solved can't unset read-only property on folders

December 27, 2013 at 13:49:04
Specs: Windows 8 64-bit, Intel Core i53210M 2.5GHz/6GB RAM
I copied a folder from a USB flash drive to my hard disk. The program that I want to use to work with those files encounters an error & won't start. Looking at the file properties (in Windows Explorer), they are all marked read-only. When I try to clear the read-only checkbox, it seems to work, but exiting the properties dialog and then reopening the properties dialog shows it is still set.

Poking around further, I found the read-only checkbox is set for the whole folder. Also for My Documents. Even for the folder C:\Users the read-only checkbox is set. When I tried to clear the checkbox & apply it to all files & subfolders, I came back to Properties to find it set again. How is this happening? What can I do to stop it?

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December 28, 2013 at 04:47:37
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"Read only" does not apply to folders, it only applies to individual files.

If you see a square block inside the "read only" option for a folder, it does not mean that folder is set to read-only. It's telling you that it doesn't apply to folders.

That's why, when you tick "read-only" for a folder, it changes back to a square block the next time you look.

I don't know why your files keep reverting to read-only, but in any case that won't stop those files from being accessed or opened. It only stops them being edited or changed.

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December 28, 2013 at 05:54:50
> If you see a square block inside the "read only" option for a folder, it does not
> mean that folder is set to read-only. It's telling you that it doesn't apply to folders.

Hmm... poor design choice if you ask me - very confusing. Would have been better to completely remove that from the properties dialog for folders. (Lazy developer, perhaps.)

> I don't know why your files keep reverting to read-only, but in any case that won't
> stop those files from being accessed or opened. It only stops them being edited
> or changed.

That was the whole problem - not being able to edit or change the files. After a reboot, and installing the newer version of the program in question, I seem to no longer have the problem...

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