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Windows 7: unsetting read only flag on folder does not stick

30 Jan 2010   #11

Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davehc View Post
All the folders in Windows 7, as in Vista and XP, are read only. You cannot change this attribute. You can untick the box, as suggested, but, even on an empty folder, if you reopen the properties, you will find it is read only again. Windows Explorer ignores this attribute.
You can read up on the function here:
You cannot view or change the Read-only or the System attributes of folders in Windows Server 2003, in Windows XP, in Windows Vista or in Windows 7
Fwiw. Applications often write to their own folder in Program files.
Thanks Davehc. That seems to be the problem I am having with several programs I installed in W7. So, what is the recommended work around for all these pre-W7 programs that as you note often write back to their own program folders.

Someone suggested installing them to a folder created outside Program Files (x86). Is that the solution? Or is it an ownership problem?

Thanks again.

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31 Jan 2010   #12

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)

@Anderson2: I would just set the permissions on the folder for the installed software. Say you install a software called "Video Editor" and it is an old Windows 98 software so it installs on Windows 7 in the C:/Program Files folder as C:/Program Files/Video Editor. Typically C:/Program Files is for x64 software and C:/Program Files (x86) is for x86 software. Video Editor is a 32bit software so it installed in the wrong place because the installer does not know about Windows 7 and Windows 7 did not understand the installer and could not re-direct it. Because the software is old I would not try to force it into the C:/Program Files (x86) folder because it may not work well or correctly. What you need to do is set the permissions on the Video Editor folder for the USERS group to Modify. That way the software can modify the settings in the Video Editor folder. See screen shot.

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31 Jan 2010   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scsfdev View Post
Can you suggest me where should I save then?? (I don't have any offence. I just need a guide on that cuz i'm new to win7 and its folder structures)
The Old New Thing : What's the difference between My Documents and Application Data?

In Windows Vista and Seven, Application Data is C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming
While Local Settings is C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local
Hi logicearth,
Thanks for ur info.
[Sorry, I didn't mean to interrupt this post.]
Thanks for all.
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01 Feb 2010   #14

Windows 7

Thank you WindowsStar. Appreciate the advice.
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