I’ve experienced a problem with Windows XP Home Edition initiating encription (designating as “read only”) of data and photo files that I have saved on CD-RW discs in both my CD-RW and DVD-RW units, even though I have been saving and modifying files on these discs for some time. I did nothing that I am aware of to initiate this activity. When I try to uncheck the “read only” box for the file or folder, after accessing it through Windows Explorer/Properties/General, then click on “Apply”, I get the error message:
An error occured applying attributes to the file:
Access is denied.
This is a stand-alone PC, and I am the administrator, but even logging on as the administrator results in the same problem. The problem with access to (saving or modifying files) on these discs occurred on several earlier instances, but rebooting took care of the problem. However, rebooting no longer seems to rectify the situation. I downloaded Microsoft’s supposed “solution” to this problem (Article 308993), which didn’t help, and, in fact, applied only to XP Pro. It included instructions to click on “Advanced” under the aforementioned “General” screen, however no such “Advanced” tab is available. I tried removing the “read only” designation by inserting the CDs in a different computer, but had the same results. “My Computer” indicates that the CDs are full, but I know that is not the case, and I cannot drag or copy files to them through Windows Explorer as I was able to do prior to this problem showing up. Any help resolving this situation would be greatly appreciated.