Editing text from discs

  cruiser2 13:00 01 Feb 2010

I have two discs which contain files which was downloaded from my previous desk top computer. I now want to view and edit some of these files on my new desk top. But when I open the files it says they are "Read Only" What should I do so that I can edit the files and possibly add other words?
My old computer had Windows XP as the OS. The new one has Windows Vista Home premium.
Any help much appreciated

What extension are the files? .doc? Right click and try properties and set the read only button to clear possible read ony flag.

  Sea Urchin 13:04 01 Feb 2010

If you right-click on a file - select Properties. On the General tab remove the tick from the "Read-only" box - click Apply and OK. You will then need to save the file again to your new computer, as they won't change on the disk.

  Simsy 19:52 01 Feb 2010

"I have two discs", do you mean CDs, (or DVDs)?
If you do, then that is probably the problem.

Copy the files onto your new desktop hard drive. You should then be able to edit them. You may have to change properties from read only, as per Sea Urchin's advice.

You wont be able to edit the files on CD. I think that's the problem.

Good luck,



  cruiser2 11:48 02 Feb 2010

Thank you for your replies.
Have sent the various files to "Documents" and I can now edit them and add further information.
So this is now resolverd

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