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Right click the file, click PROPERTIES from the drop down menu, uncheck the read only checkbox, click OK

If you are unable to change the setting, then you may need to try that in the SAFE MODE.

By default, Windows XP has system files write protected by default, so if you are trying to overwrite a system file, you may have additional file restrictions.

If the file is on a writable CD, you'll need to copy the file to the hard drive, then you can edit the settings.

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Right click on the file and choose properties. Remove the check mark from the read only tick box.

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Which operating system ?
Encryption is a method of preventing unauthorized access to computer files.
When you apply encryption to a file, the file is altered so that it cannot be read by others, unless you have given them an encryption key.

Windows XP supports encryption through EFS, the Encrypting File System.
If you have encrypted a file on your Windows XP computer, but no longer want or need the file to be encrypted, you can remove file encryption by changing the file's properties in Windows Explorer. Locate the file from which you want to remove encryption in Windows Explorer.
Right-click on the file, then click the "Properties" link in the context-menu.

This opens a Properties window.
Click the "Advanced" button in the attributes section of the Properties window.

This opens the Advanced Attributes window.
Click to uncheck the box next to "Encrypt contents to secure data" in the Advanced Attributes window.

Click the "OK" button to close the Advanced Attributes window.
Click the "Apply" button in the Properties window, then click the "OK" button.

This closes the window and completes the encryption removal process.
Open Encrypted Files

Windows XP supports file encryption through EFS, the Encrypting File System.
You can encrypt files with EFS so that only you and designated users can open them.

You open files that you encrypted just as you would any other files.
However, you cannot open files that another user encrypted with EFS, and other users cannot open files that you encrypted, unless the user trying to open the file has been added to the list of authorized users for that file.

You can authorize users to open encrypted files using the Windows XP EFS management tools.
Click the "Start" button, then click the "My Computer" icon on the Start menu.

This opens the My Computer window. Navigate to the encrypted file for which you want add an authorized user.


Right click the encrypted file, then click the "Properties" link in the context menu. This opens the Properties window.

Click the "Advanced" button in the Properties window.
This opens the Advanced Attributes window.

Click the "Details" button in the Advanced Attributes window.
This opens the Encryption Details window.

Click the "Add" button in the Encryption Details window.
This opens the "Select User" dialog box.

Click the user you want authorize to open the encrypted file, then click the "OK" button.
This closes the dialog box.

Click the "OK" buttons in the Encryption Details and Advanced Attributes windows to close them. Click the "Apply" button in the Properties window, then click the "OK" button to close the window and complete the process.

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<p>Folder on the removable media used both FAT32 and NTFS file systems in Windows operating system. Some of these attributes in the rule of the people (name, size, creation date, and time) can be seen, others have explicit measures to ensure Windows. Among the latter are "read only" (if set, the folder cannot be erased) and "hidden" (if set, the folder does not appear in the parent directory.) A folder is set with one of these protected attributes clear. With a few extra steps, but you can secure a folder from a memory stick.<br /> <p> <br /> <p>1. Connect the memory stick for your computer. Windows will recognize it automatically and make your content accessible.<br /> <p><br /> <p>2. Click the "Start" and "run" (without quotation marks) into the search box. Click the "Run" link, type "cmd" and press Enter. A command window opens.<br /> <p><br /> <p>3. Type the following commands in the command window:<br /> <p> <br /> <p>E:<br /> <p>cd "\ myfiles \ projects"<br /> <p>Replace "E:"with the drive letter for the Memory Stick and replace "\ myfiles \ projects" with the full path to the folder containing the folder you want to delete protected. Press Enter after typing each line.<br /> <p>4. Type the following command to remove the attributes currently prevents you from deleting the folder:<br /> <p>attrib -r -h folderName /e<br /> <p>"Folder Name" Substitute the name of the folder you want to delete. Press "Enter ".<br /> <p><br /> <p>5. Delete the folder by clicking "Start", then "Computer". Navigate to the folder you want to delete, click once and press Shift-Delete. "Windows will erase a protected folder from memory stick.<br />

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I have an Acer aspire one netbook. ?; why cant i rename a file. Its in, Computer-Ascer(C:)-Users-. There are two files in this folder. Im not able to rename either. Is there a way to rename them?


If you have the file open or part of the content of the file is in use some place in the pc it wont let you rename it
try open the file as an administrator in safe mode or it might be read only attributes
copy paste soem place else see if it lets you then change name
rename and save some place else



There are several reasons why Windows might not allow you to delete a file:
  • The file might be in use in which case you can't delete the file until the program using it gives it up.
  • The file might be marked read-only.
  • The file name might be so long that Windows can't handle it. File names with more than 260 characters in them are often difficult to delete.
There are also several reasons why Windows might not allow you to change the name of a file; particularly its extension. All above apply here; as well as...
  • Your system may not be showing file extensions by default.
We'll cover that one first and the others in turn.
File Extensions Not ShowingThis is the most likely possibility for why you might not be able to change a file's type (i.e., rename the file extension). When Windows installs, one of the defaults is to turn off the showing of the full names for common file types. Basically, in Windows Explorer only the file's rootname shows; the extension is suppressed, yet is "shown" via the description in the File Type column of the Windows Explorer display.
When Windows is set up this way, if you attempt to change a file's name you are only allowed to change the rootname of the file but not its extension. So, if you have a file that shows up as MYFILE as file type Text and you attempt to rename the file to MYFILE.DOC what you really have done is rename MYFILE.TXT to MYFILE.DOC.TXT and the file type in Explorer will remain Text instead of changing to a Word File.
How to you fix this? FILExt has a different FAQ here that explains the procedure in detail.
The File is in UseA file in use by the operating system generally can't be changed while the file is in use. A file in use by a program may or may not be able to be changed. These are not hard and fast rules and exceptions abound; particularly in a multi-user environment. But, if you try to rename or delete a file and Windows complains that the file is in use don't be surprised.
To fix this you have to determine what is using the file. The error message that Windows pops up may or may not have that information in it.
If you don't want to experiment a bit to figure out what might be using the file you can restart the computer with all startup options turned off. This will most likely not run whatever was using the file and the system will allow you to rename the file. Recognize that if you do this and then restart the computer with all startup options enabled some program will likely complain that it can no longer find the file you just renamed. This may or may not affect how your system performs (or even operates at all).
To change the startup options, use the System Configuration Utility.
  • Click on the Start Menu.
  • Click on the Run item.
  • Type msconfig into the dialog box and click OK.
Use the various startup options settings to reconfigure your system startup as needed to find the subject program or process. Remember the caveat about how changing the name of a file a program or the system uses might affect system behavior. Keep good records so you can reverse what you did if necessary.
If you want to experiment a bit, press the Control-Alt-Delete keychord (press all three keys at the same time) only once (if you press the keychord twice you will restart your computer). The Windows Task Manager will appear. Take the Applications tab and see if anything is running. If so, stop those programs (it's usually better to switch to the program and then close it from the program instead of picking Close from the Task Manager). Wait a bit as it sometimes takes Windows a bit of time to release all program assets. Then try to rename or delete the file. If you now can rename or delete the file you know one of the programs was using it (stop only one program at a time if you really, really want to know which one).
If you still can't rename or the file you need to go to the Processes tab. There should be a number of running processes. Two of these are particularly important: Explorer and Systray. Do not end these. The other processes should be able to be stopped. Try stopping those processes you may recognize one at a time. Attempt to rename or delete the file after each has stopped. If you can, then you know what process was using the file. Keep going until only Explorer and Systray are running. If the file is still in use you've got your answer. The most basic processes in the computer are using the file. The same caveat as above applies: the file was in use for a reason and if you rename it or delete it the system may become unstable if you rename the file.
File is Marked Read-onlyThis is the easy one. To find out if a file is marked read-only right click on the file in Windows Explorer. Select "Properties" from the menu that pops up. At the bottom of the dialog that appears are the attributes for that particular file. See if the Read-only box is checked. If so, you won't be allowed to modify the file. To take the read-only attribute off the file uncheck the box. Again, be aware that if some program requires that file to be read-only and you change that attribute or the file's name you may have system problems. Use caution.
Note: If the file is in use (see above) or you don't have the necessary permissions (i.e., you're not logged in with administrator status) the read-only box may be greyed out and until you correct whichever condition is to blame you will not be able to change the attribute.
How does a file get to be read-only? Most of the time it's by copying the file from a CD. Most CD media, by design, is read-only and often when you copy a file from a CD (or an install program copies the file) a read-only attribute will be given to the file because it was read-only on the CD. This doesn't happen often, but does happen often enough to cause some people problems.
File Name is Too LongWindows has special problems dealing with extra long path/filenames. If the combination of the path and file names gets close to 255 characters (127 for Windows 95/98/ME) Windows will likely not handle it well if you try to delete or rename it (you can create it but not change it). While there are programs that can handle names that long or longer (e.g., FileBoss) the first thing to try would be to rename some of the folders that lead up to the file itself. Back the directory display up one level and then select and rename the folder the file is in. Try a single letter (obviously, keep a record of what folder you named to what so you can reverse the process!). Then, go back to the file and see if Windows then allows you to rename or delete it. If not, go back yet another folder and rename that one and so forth. At some point you should be able to find a series of reduced-length folder names that allow you to then rename the offending file to a short enough name to allow you to then recreate the original directory tree and still work with the file in question.
Special Programs for Deleting Files/FoldersSometimes you can't seem to delete a file or folder no matter what you do. In this case there are a few programs that might help you.

If, after all this you still can't rename/delete a file, not certain what else to suggest. Others have this problem often and as different ideas might come up in the FILExt forum I'll change this FAQ to include them. If you find a method that works for you and is not in this FAQ, please drop FILExt a note with details on that method so it can be added to the FAQ.




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- scan your memory card and/or your phone internal memory with antivirus.
- download attribut changer program
- install it
- at windows explorer, choose to display hidden and system hidden file and folder.
- block all your file and folder and right click and choose "change attributes"
just mark archieved only on the menu and click apply.

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Cannot include folders using Windows Live Photo Gallery Windows Live Photo Gallery is setup to allow users to specify individual folders to be included in the gallery. However, neither it nor Windows...


What ???
You have a very strange system. By default, the only assigned attribute to the Users folder is R and the individual user folders have no default assigned attributes.
attrib -s -h changes the attributes to not be a system folder and not hidden, but this is immediately followed by attrib +s which makes the folder a system folder. But neither Users or the user's folder is suppose to be a system folder.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/313222/how-do-i-restore-security-settings-to-a-known-working-state

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I created an Excel program and somehow hit something that caused it to become a "read only" file that I cannot change nor add to. How did it happen, and how do I remove the "read only"...


Here are the steps on how you can make it a read/write file:


  1. Make sure that the file is not open in Excel.
  2. On the Windows Start menu, point to Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer.
  3. In the Exploring window, open the drive or folder that contains the file.
  4. Click the file name.
  5. On the File menu, click Properties.
  6. Click the General tab.
  7. Clear the Read-only check box.

Hope this helps!

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Windows xp sp3 all folders are read only. how can i fix that ?


In these cases, most probably your PC is infected with "Malware/trojans...etc...) Which changes the attributes of the files.

Resolution

Download (1) Malwarebytes Anti-Malware free version @ http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php, and

(2) SUPERAntiSpyware free edition @ http://www.superantispyware.com/

Install, update and scan your PC to remove those "nasty files".

Do forget to a virus scan too.

If your folders or files is still "read-only",
Select the folder or files, right-click -> properties -> at the attributes "uncheck" read-only ->OK

Hope it helps.

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I transfered some photos from a CD to my computer and am trying to edit them with my ArcSoft 6.0 program. I can crop them, but when i try to save, it says, "Read only file." and asks me to rename it. What...


When files are placed on a CD they are automatically changed in their properties to Read Only files. When those files are copied back to your hard drive they retain that Read Only property. All you have to do is bring up the file Property window and clear the check mark by the Read Only box. If you are using Windows, open Windows Explorer and browse to the files. Right click the files and choose Properties. The General tab should be the first tab that will open up At the bottom of that tab you will see a section called Attributes. One of those Attributes should be Read Only, and there should be a check in the box beside it. Just click on it to make the check mark go away and that should solve the problem.

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