spacer spacer spacer
 
 
  arrow Description
  arrow Sample Dialog
  arrow Key Facts
  arrow Solutions
  arrow Forum Help
  arrow Vendor Summary
  arrow Research this Issue
  help Solutions Help
 
                 
    nobar nobar nobar
bartop
bar
nobar
bartop
bar
 
   
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
 
  Compare Editions
 
 
 
 
box_image
Partition Commander
Now it's easy for anyone to safely partition their hard drive! You can reclaim waste disk space, organize files, even add new OSes.
 
  PC Mover
Move applications, files and settings from one PC to another. Handles Windows upgrades too, even XP 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit!
box_image  
     
 
 
Windows XP Solutions
     
 

Error Applying Attributes

An error occurred applying attributes to the...

 
  Description  
     
 

Windows was unable to change the attribute. For example, if you attempt to change the read-only attribute on a file residing on a CD or DVD, this error occurs.  It may also indicate the Access Control List (ACL) has the wrong owner association or perhaps no owner at all.

 
 
   
  Sample Dialog  
 
Error Applying Attributes screen shot
 
 
Dialog may appear differently depending on XP style options and where it occurs.
 
   
  Key Facts  
 
         
Full Title
  Error Applying Attributes 

 
Body Text
  An error occurred applying attributes to the file:

file

Access is denied. 

 
Typical location
  C:\WINDOWS\

 
Issued By
  explorer.exe

 
OS
  Windows XP

occurance meter
 
Type
  error 

   
Vendor
  Microsoft Corporation    
 
   
  Solutions and Fixes  
     
 
  Date Votes ratings
Make the Media Writable
9
    Add    Flag
solution icon
For removable media that has a write-protect tab, make the media writable. For example, on a diskette the hole with the tab should be blocked to indicate it is writable. For media such as an SD flash card, there may be a small tab to to the side that controls if the media is write protected, sometimes labeled as 'lock'.
 
   
 
transparent
transparent
solves it indicator
risk indicator
effort indicator
 
  FaultWire Staff
Posted: 11-Sep-2009
 
Avatar
 
Change File Permissions
7
    Add    Flag
solution icon

A command line utility cacls.exe is used to view and set the owner of a file. You will need to be an administrator to make Access Control List (ACL) changes. The following steps can be used to view and set the file's ACL:

  1. Open a command line box by selecting Start, Accessories, Command Prompt.
  2. At the command prompt type cacls, followed by the path and filename of a file you can access (not the one you are having problems with).  This shows you the current owners and the user access rights. For example, on a default XP system, entering cacls c:\Windows\Notepad.exe, the results would appear similar to:

    C:\WINDOWS\NOTEPAD.EXE BUILTIN\Users:R
      BUILTIN\Power Users:C
      BUILTIN\Administrators:F
      NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM:F

  3. In this system there are three owner categories, called Users, Power Users and Administrators. The letter following the owner category is one of four types, R for Read-only, W for Write, C for Change (also write), and F for Full control.
  4. Run cacls on the file with the problem. If the owner rights are too limited or there are no owners associated with the file, you can fix it using the /G (Grant) option. For Notepad, if we wanted the Users owner category to be able to read/write and overwrite the file, and leave the others as-is,  at a command prompt, we'd enter:

    cacls notepad.exe /G Users:F "Power Users":C Administrators:F
  5. It will return:

    Are you sure (Y/N)?

    Enter Y for Yes.

    In this example, we included all three owners, since if you fail to include an existing owner, it is removed!  If your owner name has a space in it, you'll need to enclose the owner name in quotes as we did for Power Users. The owner names, the user access right letter and the option /G are all case-insensitive.

 
   
 
transparent
transparent
solves it indicator
risk indicator
effort indicator
 
  FaultWire Staff
Posted: 17-Sep-2009
 
Avatar
 
 
 
  Forum Help  
     
 
Forums on topic

Check out what others say about this issue and review or add your own comments and solutions!

Go to Forums on topic.
 
   
  Vendor Summary  
     
 
Vendor
  Microsoft Corporation (more info...)

Microsoft Corporation Logo
Phone
1-425-882-8080
1-800-642-7676

Web
Global
USA

Assistance
Support
Downloads

 
   
  Research this Issue  
     
 
Getting search results...
 
     
  Notes  
     
  While we believe this information up to date and accurate, FAQware is not responsible for any inaccuracies. If you find something that is out of date or inaccurate, please let us know at so we can correct it.  
 
Last update: 02-Jan-2011 9:54 am