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    I am unable to remove the read only attribute from a folder in server 2003 R2. I have tried using the attrib command " attrib -R" And also tried putting a new value in the registry to "use system for system folders" as per the Microsoft article id 256614.
    But still the read only attribute is on the folder.

    I am sure I am doing something wrong but I don't know what.

    Thanks for any help you can give.

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    Re: Read Only folder in Windows Server 2003

    wait... are you talking about the box in the folders properties that isnt checked per say, but more like boxed in?

    first off, go into the folder in question. right-click and select "new text document"...

    now click somewhere to accept the default name, or rename it. i dont care.

    were you able to create the text doc? then the file system is not read only.

    you will never get rid of that boxed-in read-only mark.

    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. For example, you can delete, rename, and change a folder with the Read-only attribute by using Windows Explorer. The Read-only and System attributes is only used by Windows Explorer to determine whether the folder is a special folder, such as a system folder that has its view customized by Windows (for example, My Documents, Favorites, Fonts, Downloaded Program Files), or a folder that you customized by using the Customize tab of the folder's Properties dialog box. As a result, Windows Explorer does not allow you to view or change the Read-only or System attributes of folders. When a folder has the Read-Only attribute set it causes Explorer to request the Desktop.ini of that folder to see if any special folder settings need to be set. It has been seen where if a network share that has a large amount of folders set to Read-only, it can cause Explorer to take longer then what is expected to render the contents of that share while it waits on the retrieval of the Desktop.ini files. The slower the network connectivity to the share the longer this process can take to the point where Explorer may timeout waiting for the data and render nothing or appear to hang.

    Note In some previous versions of Windows, you can change the Read-only attribute for folders by using the Properties dialog box for the folder, but no versions of Windows permit you to change the System attribute by using Windows Explorer.
    if not, continue by reading the KB below:

    You cannot view or change the Read-only or the System attributes of folders in Windows Server 2003, in Windows XP, or in Windows Vista
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