Copied files are now "read-only"

  splinternet 09:21 14 Feb 2004

I copied a load of files (.xls, .doc. etc....) from my XP system onto CD using Nero, then transferred them to my Win98 system. Here, I find that every file has been set to Read-Only, and even when I reset the flag I still can't edit .xls files.

  y_not 09:28 14 Feb 2004

Save the files to HDD and then uncheck the read only box - should work

  Diodorus Siculus 09:30 14 Feb 2004

Get CROA from click here - a little program which will Clear Read Only Attributes - fast and easy.

  Diemmess 09:36 14 Feb 2004

Any file copied to a CD becomes read only.

Even so, you can open, print, and edit such files, but the changes are lost when you close unless you save to a Hard disk or CDRW.

If the changes are going to be important it is better to save the file to HD first, in case you have a memory or o/s problem which could lose all your new work, but not the original read-only file

  splinternet 10:12 14 Feb 2004

Diodorus Siculus, thanks for the CROA tip. It's done the trick, apart from one particular .xls which I still can't even open for edit. Message comes up in Excel: "The file may be read-only (it isn't now) or you may be trying to access a read-only location (not true - it's the same folder as other .xls files which I can access ok). Or, the server the document is stored on may not be responding (??)".

  VoG II 10:35 14 Feb 2004

I suspect that the file that won't open is damaged. There are links to methods for recovering information from corrupt workbooks at the bottom of click here

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