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Change the File Attribute for System Folders (Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000)

Windows Explorer normally uses the Read-Only attribute to determine whether a folder is customized. This may cause file saving problems with some programs and not allow you to remove the attribute. This tweak allows you to force Windows to use the alternate System attribute.

This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager.
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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called "UseSystemForSystemFolders" and set it according to the value data below.

Exit your registry; you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|UseSystemForSystemFoldersREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
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|HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion...|
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Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
Value Name: UseSystemForSystemFolders
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (1 = use system attribute)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: February 12, 2003