Microsoft Win XP and read only folders

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Wed Aug 11 12:42:03 CDT 2010


The thing that scares me about your approach, is the (some software will not operate correctly with the system attribute" disclaimer. I would be very reticent to change any installations default system behavior if it might cause problems for other software down the road. 

Obviously, this is a generalization, and in your case may prove to be benign. 

Bob


On Aug 11, 2010, at 10:34 AM, Mark Talluto wrote:

> Today we had an issue with XP and its intentional desire to set folders in specialPath(26) to read only.   If you ever find that your update tech or prefs logic fail when it shouldn't, you may have fallen victim to permissions being set to read only.  Keep in mind that MS does this on purpose in XP under certain circumstances.  The link below explains the issue further.  It also has a workaround to clear this up.  A restart of the OS is required for it to take effect.  
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> I hope this helps you solve this issue for your clients before it becomes a bigger problem.  We are considering adding code to our products that set this registry key up automatically to prevent this from happening again.
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> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/256614
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> Best regards,
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> Mark Talluto
> http://www.canelasoftware.com
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