Windows 10: Is There A "Read-Only" Confirmation Dialog Box App?

  1.    05 Nov 2016 #1

    Is There A "Read-Only" Confirmation Dialog Box App?


    Hello,
    Remember back in the older versions of Windows when if you set the Attribute of a file/folder as a Read-Only, then you would get a confirmation dialog show up any time you:
    Attempt to Rename the file/folder,
    Delete the file/folder, or
    Move the file/folder

    I want to bring back this confirmation dialog, because sometimes I accidentally move Read-Only files to other locations without knowing that I accidentally did that. I don't want that happening. One of the main reasons why this dialog box comes up is to remind you that you set that file/folder as a Read-Only. Why is that dialog box gone now? Why was it decided to be absent in this version of Windows. It is a very useful feature that serves its purpose.

    How can I bring that back?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    06 Nov 2016 #2

    I tried searching on the internet for either a way to re-enable this option, or a separate app, yet cannot find anything. Has anybody out there came up with a solution to what I stated above?

    Thanks
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 3,090
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       06 Nov 2016 #3

    I just checked my Win7 computer, found a file in the root of C: that is set Read-only. I created a new Folder called TEMP in the root of C: and can move that file into the Folder, no prompt. When I moved the file back to C: I get a UAC warning about doing it, just click Continue and the file is back where it was.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 1,400
    Windows 10 Pro x64 - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       06 Nov 2016 #4

    For security purposes the root of all drives are marked read only to prevent certain types of Malware propagating itself. this has been the case for several windows versions. As you have discovered you can create new folders which do not have the restriction and work fine

    the restriction causes the generation of the Admin escalation prompt when files are moved there to warn against improper use of the root of drive
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 1,400
    Windows 10 Pro x64 - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       06 Nov 2016 #5

    Back to the original question, I believe that with windows ten the Read Only attribute may only be applied to a file not to the folders as was the case. I do not know why this was implemented but again as far as I am aware there is not any way around this
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 2,248
    10 Home x64 (1703) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       06 Nov 2016 #6

    Actually you can set a folder as Read-Only from a command prompt using: attrib <folder_name> +R (+S for the System attribute works too).

    ...not that this answers the OP's question - you can still copy files into it, rename it or even delete it without any warning dialog box.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  7.    06 Nov 2016 #7

    Hi, I read above. Thanks for the replies.

    Yes, I guess I only want this confirmation dialog to show up whenever I want to rename/move/delete Read Only files, not folders. I got accustomed to that in Windows XP. I guess I forgot that 8.1 got rid of this (I went from XP to 8.1). But I really liked that dialog box. No one is aware of some registry edit that can re-enable this dialog again? Can anyone help me look around for some app that can do this again or something? Thanks
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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