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Windows 7: Win 7 resets all networked files/folders to Read-Only

30 Oct 2011   #1

7 Pro 64
Win 7 resets all networked files/folders to Read-Only

Every time I make a file or folder Read-Only for the other computer on my network, Win 7Pro 64 bit resets them to Read-Only.

I've tried solutions from various threads and forums (details below) but they're not working.

This is only a problem when the other networked computer, which is XP, attempts to save files on the Win 7 machine.

Everything is fine with reading and writing 'within' the Win 7 machine. And, the 7 machine *can* save networked files on the XP machine.

This is a network with just two computers, one 7 Pro and one XP Pro sp3. Both have one account each, the Administrator.

I get one of the 2 following error messages when the XP machine attempts to save changes to a file on the Win 7 machine. Note that I'm *not* getting error messages about accounts or administrator privileges.

(1) Cannot create the \\Rthinkpad\test\anothertest.txt file.

Make sure that the path and filename are correct



'text.xls' is read-only. To save a copy, click OK, then give the workbook a new name in the Save As dialog box.


These are the folder and networking settings I've applied:

  • in Network and Sharing Center > Change Advanced Sharing Settings: Network Discovery, File and Printer Sharing, and Public Folder Sharing are all set to “on” and Password Protected Sharing is set to “off”.

  • right-click the folder or file > Properties > Sharing Tab > Advanced Sharing > tick box for Share this folder > Apply > OK > Close.

  • Right-click the shared folder > Properties > Security Tab > Edit > Add and type “Everyone” (not the quotes) into the box and select OK. Tick the boxes next to the permissions you want to allow (e.g. Read or Write, etc.) then Apply > OK

  • To remove the Read-only attribute and to set the System attribute, use the following command: attrib -r +s drive:\<path>\<foldername> (MS Article ID: 326549)

  • Turn off the details tab in Explorer. this is under Windows 7 - click Organize where the menu bar is normally, then Layout, then make sure Details is unticked

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