I have a laptop running XP pro with office 2003. All of a sudden all the folders and files in the folders have read only attribute applied.

This make all folders on the computer and all the files stored inside. The individual files are not performed. If I remove read-only folders and files and click OK, reopen the file and the attribute has been applied.
Any solution to this problem s.

Dave

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It's not a problem... it is a feature.

At a time in the past, Windows has decided that the read-only attribute means nothing, because it applies to files, so Microsoft 'solved' this bit to indicate to whom the file has been customized.  There are other methods available if you really don't want to do a write-protected file.  The details are explained in the following Microsoft KB article.  I recommend reading the article in full to understand what Microsoft did...

"You can not view or change the read-only or the attributes of system files in Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7"
    <>http://support.Microsoft.com/kb/326549 >

HTH,
JW

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