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Windows 2008 R2: Change File Attribute (Temporary, Offline)

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Hello,
in Windows 2008 R2 (or Windows 7), you may see an icon like this one:

In my case this icon meant that the file had two attributes set: Temporary and Offline (never heard of them before). In the details page of the file properties they appear as TO.

It took me a while to find a quick, reliable solution which would fix these attributes in all files and subfolders.

Download this command line tool: http://smithii.com/attr/
and run this command:

attr.exe -t- -o- -R –dry-run *.* (this returns a list of the files that have offline and temporary attributes set)
Once you made sure you got the right list of files, remove the –dry-run to actually change the attributes.
attr.exe -t- -o- -R *.*

Hope this helps.
Roberto.

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Written by zantoro

August 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Posted in Windows Server

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