Why can't I unset read only from the startup folder


LAPIII

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The properties window reads that it was read-only and after I uncheck it and click apply then I will be prompted that I need to provide administrative permissions and to click continue. I've done so and rechecked Properties, even after a restart, Read Only stays checked.
 
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Curious as to why you would want to?
If you want to add a startup icon to the folder, all you have to do is click on yes or whatever is asked of you when it says you need admin privileges to do so, and it’s done.
 

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Maybe it's safer that way.
But if you want
$TargetDirectory = "$env:UserProfile\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup"
(Get-Item $TargetDirectory -Force).Attributes = 'Directory, NotContentIndexed'
 

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The properties window reads that it was read-only
That indicator has been virtually meaningless for over a decade.
Don't even bother looking at it.


Denis
 

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I forgot to mention that I just want to modify the files.
 

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I forgot to mention that I just want to modify the files.
That's not a bother.
Just go ahead and edit them.
That indicator will not stop you.

The properties window reads that it was read-only ... Read Only stays checked
It did not have a tick in it.
It was black meaning that it was in its middle state [it has three states, it is not on/off like normal checkboxes].

I will be prompted that I need to provide administrative permissions
Only if that folder has that limitation in its Permissions.
And if it does it has nothing to do with that indicator.


If you have nothing useful to do and want to waste part of your life, you can study these explanations.
folder read-only indicator [KeithM] - TenForums
Read Only (Folders) - [Fred Long, LemP] MSA forum
You cannot view or change the Read-only or the System attributes of folders [Win7 etc] - MSSupport



Denis
 

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I believe you will need to create a shortcut to the file (a.txt) then copy the shortcut to the startup folder. I may be wrong.
 

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You need to check the Permissions of that destination.
Your problem has nothing you do with that indicator. You can check this by looking in the existing files in that folder. They are not marked as read-only.

What are the Permissions on that folder?
You'll see in those Permissions that they are stopping you creating files in that folder.
Change Permissions of Files, Folders, Drives, Registry Keys for Users and Groups in Windows 10-11 - TenForumsTutorials
Your problem has nothing you do with that indicator.

The easiest course of action would be to create & edit the file elsewhere then copy it to that destination folder. You'll be asked to give Admin approval and then the copying will be done.
I'm trying to help you do what you want to do. I don't know why you want to copy a file there; I have never had to do so.
Your problem has nothing you do with that indicator.


Denis
 

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What happens if you try copying a.txt to
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\startup\
 
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As @antspants noted, %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\startup\ is the normal place to put your startup items.

Are you trying to create a startup item for yourself or all users?
 

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antspants, The file copied just fine and I was even able to edit it.

Now I would like to pin in this folder to Quick Access.

EDIT: space I hope this works:
Code:
($QuickAccess.Namespace("shell:::{679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6}").Items() | where {$_.Path -eq "C:\YourFolderPath"}).InvokeVerb("pintohome")
 
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Now I would like to pin in this folder to Quick Access
I didn't understand that. Could you please say again what you want to do?
 

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You want to pin this folder to Quick Access?
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\startup\

You would do it the same as any folder you pin to quick access I believe.
 

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Wait. Why would you want the Startup folder in Quick Access? Do you actually change the contents of that folder frequently?
 

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    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
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    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
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    Realtek HD Audio
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    LG E2442
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    1920x1080
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    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
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    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
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    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
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    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
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    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
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    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
I personally believe you would of been better to save the “a.txt” file somewhere safe in your Documents folder, created a shortcut and then pasted the shortcut into the above folder.
Editing a txt file that lives in the startup folder seems unnecessary

But if you’re happy doing it the way you have, that’s fine I suppose?
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
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    Kaspersky Premium
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    I’m on a horse.
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    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
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    Laptop
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    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.

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