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All read-only folders in XP

By shaghayegh.sahebi ·
Hi,

All of my Win XP Home folders are read-only and I can't change the attribute right clicking the folder. I have no problem cutting the folders, but windows doesn't permit my C# codes to access the folders.

It might be happening after I deleted a virus manually (the recycler one, by removing the autorun.inf from my drives and registry), defragmented my hard disk and canceled it in the middle of defragment, or deleting another virus by removing the desktop.ini file from my drives and folders.

I have tried many solutions. Using attrib -r +s, changing registry value and setting admin permission for the user. I even tried "sfc /scannow" command and repaired my win XP using it's installation CD. I formatted and installed another win XP on another partition of my hard disk and the folders are still read-only on all partitions.

I don't want to format all my hard disk and install my win again ?ause I have to defend my thesis in a month and I don't wanna loose my installed programs and waste a day installing them again.

Please please help me. Thanks a lot in advance
--Chagh

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Change permissions on the folder

by LarryD4 In reply to All read-only folders in ...

righ click on teh folder and look at the security permissions on teh folder.

Perhaps your missing some?

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Re: Change permissions on the folder

by shaghayegh.sahebi In reply to Change permissions on the ...

Thanks for your reply. No I don't think anything is wrong about the permission.

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Make sure you have a good backup of your data

by jdclyde In reply to All read-only folders in ...

Do you have another computer you can use for now?

If you have to do your Thesis in a month, I would be very hesitant to do anything that could crash this system on you.

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Re: Make sure you have a good backup of your data

by shaghayegh.sahebi In reply to Make sure you have a good ...

Hi and thanks for your reply. Unfortunately I don't have any other computers, but I've got a back up of my entire data.

Is there anything I can do about it?

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What happens when you right-click on the folder?

by jdclyde In reply to Re: Make sure you have a ...

do you have the option to change the attributes?

Like I said, I would try to get by until after your thesis is done. I personally would not feel comfortable recommending anything until then. To much at stake, ya know?

The only thing I would say, if you have another hard drive, reload on THAT, and then slave out the current drive. You would still need to reload your software, but at minimum risk.

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Re: What happens when you right-click on the folder?

by shaghayegh.sahebi In reply to What happens when you rig ...

The option is available. I click on it and everything seems to be ok. I click apply and then OK. But nothing will change.

The next time I right-click the folder, the read-only attribute is there again.

I've got an external hard, but after I copied the data on that, all the copied folders are read-only again and I can't change this attribute for the copied files on my external drive!

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I'm not quite sure what you're problem is...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to All read-only folders in ...

"All of my Win XP Home folders are read-only and I can't change the attribute right clicking the folder.."

You are obviously rather perturbed by having found this, but I must ask you - what would you rather the attributes of a FOLDER be? After all it's only a FOLDER and they are generally used to store files inside. It tends to have no other function. It tends to store all sorts of files inside, each of which can have all sorts of attributes, but the FOLDER tends to always be read-only, because it's just a FOLDER.

So, what are you wanting to do with these folders?

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Re: I'm not quite sure what you're problem is...

by shaghayegh.sahebi In reply to I'm not quite sure what y ...

Thank you for your reply.

The problem is that I can't open an output file (e.g. a streamwriter) in my C# code in that folder. I get an exception that says I can't access the folder.

Any solutions?

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Read-Only on all folders in XP

by Calimagne In reply to All read-only folders in ...

I save all my stuff on a flash drive. Yesterday I couldn't alter a document because it was read-only protected. Removing the check mark didn't help, it came right back. Here is what I did so far:
right clicked the drive
tab "Sharing"
in "Network sharing and security" check both "Share this folder on the Network" and "Allow network users to change my files"
click on "Apply"
This time, my removal of the read-only protection remained and later I removed the 2 check marks in "Network sharing and security" but the pesty read-only protection didn't come back.
Could I have restored my computer instead? I haven't tried it yet.

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