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    Default Unable to change "read-only" status

    Hi, I'm running Vista Home Premium and I'm trying to modify a file in a "read-only" folder in Program Files. I uncheck the read-only box in the folder properties, I'm required to provide administrator permission, a window shows attributes being applied however when I close the properties window and re-open it the "read-only" box is checked again.
    Any help much appreciated, Thanks Pete

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    Default Re: Unable to change "read-only" status

    Are you using an Administrator account and is UAC turned off?
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    Default Re: Unable to change "read-only" status

    Hi, Yes Im using an Administrator account and UAC is turned off

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    Default Re: Unable to change "read-only" status

    Perhaps Microsoft don't want you to modify files in that directory.

    Have you tried accessing the file immediately after changing the attribute? The system might be changing it temporarily, then setting it back.

    There's usually a good reason for such security settings.

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