Folders/files read only/can't create new folder in read only folde

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by gshillitani, Sep 23, 2007.

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    gshillitani Guest

    I am logged in as administrator, and there are some folders and files that
    are marked read only all of a sudden. When I try to create new folders in
    some of these directories, nothing happens. Others are marked read only and
    when I create new folders they are all bird names (pigeon, hawk, turkey, hen)
    instead of being named "New Folder" as usual. I've searched for any virus
    information that lists those problems and have not been able to find
    anything. When I try to change the folders from read only, it acts like it
    has done it but when I click OK and then look at the properties again, it is
    still marked read only. I hope this post makes sense. Its driving me crazy!
    gshillitani, Sep 23, 2007
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    gshillitani Guest

    I forgot to say, I am using Vista.
    gshillitani, Sep 23, 2007
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    Michael Guest

    I don't know what your problem is with bird names, but you should not bark
    up the wrong tree with respect to the 'read only' attribute of folders.

    Folders are not read only (or not read only) note that the square is filled
    in, not empty or checked. The attribute read-only does not apply to a
    When you look at any folder it will have the read-only box filled in. The
    contents (that is files) of a folder may of course be read only.

    If you have a folder with the box checked (not just filled in) do get back
    and I will have to eat crow (would really like to know its path and name).

    vista home premium
    Michael, Sep 23, 2007
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    gshillitani Guest

    Thanks for that information, Michael - what about the files within the
    folders that are marked read-only and won't let me change them? And some of
    the folders refuse to let me create new folders in them - including my
    Documents folder.

    gshillitani, Sep 23, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    Are you using a program called ALZip?

    From :

    "Simply click New folder to create one ('directory' and 'folder' refer to
    the same thing). The default folder name will be a species of bird. New
    folder functions the same as New --> Folder in Windows Explorer. Using the
    ALZip New folder function is simply much faster and more convenient than the
    traditional Windows Explorer option - one click as opposed to clicking,
    repositioning your cursor, and waiting for a flyout menu."

    You may want to turn off the New Folder optiop in ALZip's Preferences, if
    dean-dean, Sep 23, 2007
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    Michael Guest


    Files can have the read-only attribute. To change the attribute however you
    must have permissions to do so.
    In general files created under C:\users\name\documents (note: not 'My
    Documents') should inherit the permissions from c:\users\name and should
    give you full control over those files, including permission to modify the
    write only attribute.

    When you try to change the attribute of a file and it doesn't work do you
    get any error message?

    You can check permissions on a file in question by right click, select
    properties, then the security tab. Highlight your name.
    The security properties should be grey checks and include 'full control'.

    If not check to see who is the owner of the file by clicking 'advanced'
    button, then owner tab, the 'current owner' should be you. If some other
    owner then get back and perhaps there can be some more assistance. (It would
    help to know the name of the file, and current owner)

    Also check the ownership of the Documents folder.

    Michael, Sep 23, 2007
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    gshillitani Guest


    You hit the nail right on the head!!! I am terribly embarrassed now. Thank
    you so much!

    gshillitani, Sep 24, 2007
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    gshillitani Guest


    I was able to solve some of the problems, but I'm still coming across a
    particular directory that won't allow me to make new folders inside of it.
    When I click on New Folder, nothing happens at all. No error message, nothing
    at all happens. Must be some weird glitch with this particular directory I

    gshillitani, Sep 24, 2007
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    brink Guest

    Hi Gina,

    Are you able to create a New Folder or rename them in other locations?
    If not, try this fix for the New Folder.



    *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask them.*
    *Please post feedback to help others.*
    brink, Sep 24, 2007
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    gshillitani Guest

    gshillitani, Sep 25, 2007
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