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I am logged in on my admin account. When I was trying to edit a python project using PyCharm (an IDE), it told me that the folder was marked as read-only (square box).

I open the folder in explorer, go to properties and uncheck read-only. I then press ok. I open the properties and it's set to read-only again! I looked up the folder hierarchy and all the parents are also read-only, all the way up to C:/. Any time I create a folder it's also set to read-only.

How can I fix this?

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You will always see the Read-only box blue filled in the General Tab of the file propeties.

The full situation is explained here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326549

This is an extract that gives the general idea

Windows stores file and folder attributes in the file system with the file and folder name, extension, date and time stamps, and other information. The Read-only check box for folders is not available because it does not apply to the folder. You can use this check box to set the Read-only attribute for files in the folder. However, you cannot use Windows Explorer to determine whether a folder has the Read-only and System attributes set. To determine the attributes that are set on a folder, or to change these attributes, you must use the Attrib command at a command prompt.

I'm not sure what exactly is causing your problem but what you are describing in the folder properties is normal.

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You could try probably right-click on the file go to properties. Then click on Security tab. There you can fing rules for System, owner, groups etc. So you could try change the read-only property there.

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Under the Security tab you can find there also a table with read and execute, write, read, edit .... and for all these actions you have there allow and deny options. I wrote this only to clarify which part I mean. –  Reshi Feb 23 '13 at 21:40
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