Can't clear read-only attribute on Temp folder

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Richard, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. Richard

    Richard Guest

    I need to clear the RO attribute on C:\Temp. I log-in as Administrator, run
    Windows Explorer as administrator, right click on C:\Temp, Properties,
    Security and set Full control for all user groups. Then, General tab, clear
    Read-only, Apply then on the Confirm Attribute Changes dialog select Apply
    changes to this folder, subfolders and files, OK, OK. But when I check
    properties again the Read-only attribute is checked!

    Please help!

    Thanks! ;^)
    Richard, Apr 10, 2007
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  2. That check box doesn't set or clear the read-only attribute for the folder,
    only the contents of the folder. Also know that the read-only attribute on
    a folder doesn't prevent a user from writing files to the folder, it just
    tells Explorer to process the folder's desktop.ini file.

    That being said, to accurately determine whether or not the read-only
    attribute is set on a folder, add the attributes column to a detail view in
    Windows Explorer. To set or clear the attribute, use the 'attrib' command
    from a command prompt window.
    Keith Miller MVP, Apr 10, 2007
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  3. Hi, Richard.

    The RO attribute on folders/directories does not mean what it used to.
    Perhaps this KB article will help:
    You Cannot View or Change the Read-Only or System Attribute of Folders

    To quote one sentence from that KB:
    "Unlike the Read-only attribute for a file, the Read-only attribute for a
    folder is typically ignored by Windows, Windows components and accessories,
    and other programs."

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Mail in Vista Ultimate x64)
    R. C. White, MVP, Apr 10, 2007
  4. Richard

    Richard Guest

    Thanks Keith,
    I'm trying to install Adobe Reader. Part way through the installation I get
    an error dailog that says: "Windows Installer The Temp folder is on a drive
    that is full or is inaccessible. Free up space on the drive or verify that
    you have write permission on the Temp folder." I have 107G of free space on
    C: so I'm assuming it's a write permission problem. I've tried clearing the
    RO attribute on C:\Temp, C:\Windows\Temp and Local Settings\Temp. All show
    no R attribute in Explorer details Atributes column but still no luck
    installing Reader.

    Richard, Apr 10, 2007
  5. Richard

    Richard Guest

    OK, so the RO attribute doesn't mean the folder is read-only. Any ideas as
    to why Adobe Reader installer says it's read-only?
    Richard, Apr 10, 2007
  6. Richard G. Harper, Apr 10, 2007
  7. Richard

    Richard Guest

    Thanks Richard,
    How do I turn UAC on/off?

    Richard, Apr 10, 2007
  8. Richard

    dean-dean Guest

    Maybe this article from Adobe will help:

    Error, "The Temp folder is on a drive that is full..." when installing
    Acrobat 8 trial or Adobe Reader 8 (Windows Vista):

    dean-dean, Apr 10, 2007
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