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Windows 7: read-only files

22 May 2009   #1

Vista HP 64-bit and Windows 7 RC Build 7100 (dual boot)
read-only files

I was running dualboot with vista64 and win764 on my main HDD and then I had them both pointing to a secondary HDD for all of my personal files, the problem is that I think 7 made everything on my secondary drive read-only and no matter what I do I cannot change them back so that I can edit files in vista. I had a problem with my Quickcam and a few other small issues with RC 7100 so I deleted the partition it was on and expanded the vista partion, but still cannot edit files.

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22 May 2009   #2


Ownership & Permission Issues Buddy!!!

Check in Vista whether u have proper Ownership and Permissions to modify the file....

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23 May 2009   #3

Vista HP 64-bit and Windows 7 RC Build 7100 (dual boot)

Yep I have admin and owner, and it does let me deselect read-only and it looks as if it change the atributes but as soon as you close and reopen they are set right back to read-only
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23 May 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Retail RTM, Ubuntu 9.10

make sure u dont have any groups or usernames in there that are a bunch of letters and numbers. if ya do it will fail to change permissions. If you give the everyone group full controll from the win7 machine it might work, but is very unsecure.
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23 May 2009   #5

Vista HP 64-bit and Windows 7 RC Build 7100 (dual boot)

I dont see any users other than me and the win7 partition is gone, baby gone
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23 May 2009   #6

Windows XP-Pro-SP3, Windows 7

That just may be another good place to use the "Take Ownership" script.

I've found it absolutely a "MUST HAVE" add-on to Vista or Win-7, since finding it on this forum.

I now install it on every Vista PC that I work on. With it, you can Take Ownership of any file or folder on your HD.

Can't find it? Well, here it is!

InstallTakeOwnership.reg - File Shared from - Free Online File Storage
* Someone complained that this was a Copyrighted file so removed it.
Sorry, I guess you'll have to find it elsewhere.

After running the script on your Vista or Win-7 PC, you can right click on any file or folder and from the drop-down context menu, you can select "Take Ownership" of that file or folder.

Taking Ownership of a folder, for instance, also gives you ownership of all the files and even sub-folders contained therein.

I wish I'd had something like that for XP.

Cheers Mates!
The Doctor
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23 May 2009   #7

Windows7 Pro x64

Take Ownership script FTW !
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23 May 2009   #8

Vista HP 64-bit and Windows 7 RC Build 7100 (dual boot)

not FTW the files are still read-only

the main reason for this is that one of my games (FC2) is getting a access denied error when I try to run the benchmark tool
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25 May 2009   #9

Windows 7

I am experiencing the same issue as OP. I've verified that all permissions are indeed correct. I can successfully apply changes to the Read-Only status of all files but upon completion they silently revert back to Read-Only.
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25 May 2009   #10

Vista HP 64-bit and Windows 7 RC Build 7100 (dual boot)

I was able to fix the problem by re-Locating my personal directories i.e. documents, music, pictures....etc. to my main drive and the formatting the secondary drive and then moving the directories back
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